La Pena Presents Talented Guitarist Alfredo Muro in Concert

by E. "Doc" Smith on May 6, 2004

Peruvian guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro is an elegant interpreter whose style ranges from traditional music, Latin jazz, Spanish, classical to the intricate styles of chore, samba, bossa and Afro-Brazilian sambas. From Bach, Villa-Lobos and Barrios to Jobim, Baden Powell and Thelonius Monk, Muro plays the melodies of his heritage with fire and exquisite taste.

“The music of Alfredo Muro elevates the guitar to a higher plane. It is moody and melodic, rich and eloquent. I so enjoy listening to Alfredo’s guitar work as it brings me to that place that only really inspiring music can bring one”. Jose Feliciano

Alfredo Muro was born in Lima, Peru. At the age of ten, he began teaching himself to play the guitar. He also dreamed of becoming an attorney. His self-teaching progressed quickly. He was soon granted a scholarship to study with Maestro Jose Pepe Torres at his famous Guitar Academy. He won first place in a nationally televised competition at thirteen, featuring musicians from more than 100 schools. In 1971 he and his sister Connie Bieberach won the year-long TV program “Trampoline to Fame”.

Mr. Muro studied with the great musicians Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre while earning his law degree. He continued an intense program of study with Mr. Hayre for an additional four years. For nine years he juggled the two careers and built a successful law practice in South America. When his study of the guitar demanded even more time, Mr. Muro gave up his legal career. He moved to the United States to broaden his skills in 1989.

While on tour in Europe, Mr. Muro played for Pope John Paul the Second at a Vatican “Special Audience” in Rome. He has been invited to many international seminars, been selected for Master Classes with the World’s top guitarists such as Manuel Lopez Ramos (Argentina) and Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Brazil), and appeared on numerous recordings, stage, radio and television programs.

Mr. Muro is not only an accomplished soloist, but is also an arranger, composer, record producer and bandleader and on top of that he is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, requinto, electric bass, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Cavaquinho, Charango). His work as an accompanist has also won critical acclaim.

His style ranges from South American folk songs, to Latin Jazz, traditional Jazz, Blues and Spanish music and, from the Beatles, Baden Powell and Jobim to Bach and Handel. Mr. Muro has a special love for Brazilian music, he master the intricate styles of chore, samba, frevo, bossa nova and Afro-samba and Latin American classics such as Villa-Lobos, Barrios and Lauro.

He was asked to write and edit the works of famous South American Composer Carlos Hayre and international renowned artist Jose Feliciano. That project is in progress. Another important project in progress as a transcriber is his first publication of the Brazilian guitarist-composer Baden Powell’s solo guitar works. This year Mr. Muro is planning to make two new recordings, Guitarra Peruana and “Anthology of Brazilian Guitar Music.” He makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Alfredo Muro in Concert
Friday, May 28, 04. 8pm $12
At La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley

E. “Doc” Smith is a musician and recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jack DeJohnette, and John Mayall among others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick. He can be reached at drummstick@earthlink.net

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