The Lively Arts and IUP Libraries ended the year's noontime series on an exciting high note this past Thursday, April 4, 2013, with a presentation by the Colombian llanero group Cimarrón.
A crowd of at least 100 faculty, staff, and students listened to the Colombian group perform a variety of musical selections as a preview to their electrifying evening performance in Gorell Recital Hall. With the help of Roberto Perez, a graduate student in the Foreign Languages Department, as translator, attendees also received a great deal of information about the music from the group leader, Carlos Rojas.
One student commented, "These guys are amazing. I love that the library has musical events. They should be the library house band." Another said, "Very interesting to hear another culture's music and hear how powerful they are behind their instruments."
With a sound that has been described as turbo-flamenco-jazz, Cimarrón, led by harpist and composer Rojas, has performed the world over for more than 20 years in countries around the world. Nominated for a 2005 Grammy following the release of its Smithsonian Folkways album Si Soy Llanero, Cimarrón has also been honored with an acclaimed showcase at the 2008 World Music Expo and the iTunes Rewind Traditional World Album of the Year in 2011.
This was the final event of this collaborative series between the Lively Arts and IUP Libraries, and was supported through the Library, Lively Arts, and the Mary Jane Schafer Memorial Speakers Fund. It was organized through ArtsPath, the arts-in-education program of the Lively Arts.