Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Good Music of Alfredo Muro

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"I believe in good music," Alfredo Muro told me over pie at Laughing Planet on Mississippi when we met forthis story that was in yesterday's Oregonian.

His open mindedness is apparent in his solo guitar Latin jazz work, which doesn't hesitate to borrow from pop or the bizarre while interpreting classical and folk pieces. Muro seemed really happy doing what he does, which, when you think about it, is rare, except in children. How many truly happy adults do you know?

The story of how he left a law practice in Peru, came to Portland with no English, and worked for two decades to reach the point where he can tour international stages is inspirational. Not included in the Oregonian story is the interesting fact that he first started playing pop guitar as a kid and even won a TV talent show. It's a pretty unique journey.

I've been listening to Muro's music a lot since writing this story and I hope I get a chance to see him live soon. The Oregonian story was tied to a show he did last night at the Bagdad, a big fund raiser with $50 tickets, but he has two other, stranger appearances tomorrow, one tomorrow at 10am at the Unity World Healing Center in West Linn and another at a Rinconcito Peruano Restaurant in Vancouver at 3pm. Check his calendar for details.

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