Boston, July 24, 2009 – The famous Venezuelan musical group Los Maestros del Joropo Oriental culminated their successful tour of the United Status with a colorful presentation in Festival Betances, last Saturday, July 18 in Boston. The animated repertoire included various pieces of instrumental music and also featured renowned singer Hernan Marin.
During intermission, the musicians gave an authentic musical workshop, explaining to the crowd the origins of the instruments and interpreted rhythms. The presentation included a pair of dancers, who spread the infectious rhythm of joropo to the crowd.
Festival Betances, in its 36th anniversary, is the oldest Latin American artistic festival in Boston, in the last few years featuring Venezuelan groups, like Tambores Eleggua and the Flutist Huascar Barradas, whose presentations have been very well received. The large crowd at the event included several local political leaders.
As part of the tour, the group presented its new disc “Y Que Viva Venezuela!” (Long live Venezuela!), produced by Smithsonian Folkways Records, recorded in co-production with the CulturalDiversity Center and our Embassy in Washington.
The tour is part of the cultural program “Sonidos Venezolanos” (Venezuelan Sounds), held by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States, with support of the Chevron Corporation, which has brought north various representatives of the diverse genres and styles of Venezuelan culture. The tour was also supported by the Minister of People’s Power for Culture and the Cultural Diversity Center.
Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the US/ July 24th, 2009