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From Port Chester, Bolivian musicians bring Andean heritage


Have a listen here to Grupo Ujyuna, some of the hidden talent in Port Chester. The Bolivian music ensemble is playing at the Arts Exchange in White Plains on Saturday night (March 13).

Introducing Jerry Riveros, a 23-year-old Bolivian immigrant.

<a href=”http://www.lohud.com/assets/mov/bolivia_lohud.flv” title=”Anarchy Media Player – Right click to download file” ><em>Flash video:</em></a>

Jerry described playing the pan pipes as “a conversation” with other musicians. In the video he’s playing with Marin Riveros, Sergio Jimenez and Alvaro Riveros. He said he didn’t appreciate Bolivian music until after he came to the United States. “When I came here, something happened,” he said. “I was missing my country. I think that’s why.”

ArtsWestchester is showcasing the folkloric traditions of local immigrants in its Taste of Latino Culture series. Grupo Ujyuna will be accompanied by Incallajta New York, a Bolivian dance group from Queens. On April 17 the series continues with a Peruvian performance, including tijeras dance and Andean harp and violin. And on May 1, there’s Guatemalan dance, marimba music and art.

The show starts tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. You can find out more at ArtsWestchester’s web site or by calling (914) 428-4220 ext. 223.

This entry was posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 5:47 pm by Leah Rae. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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