On Wednesday the University Orchestra of Latin American Instruments from the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (ORUILA) started a tour of several U.S. cities. Thanks to the sponsorship of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of the sate-owned Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) in the U.S., this orchestra will put Venezuelan talent and culture on display in the cities of New York, Washington, D.C. and Houston.
As part of its tour, the orchestra is performing in Washington, D.C. The first performance was held on Thursday, December 2, at the Hall of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS), by invitation of the Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the OAS. The second concert will be held at the Bolivarian Hall, the cultural space of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m., with free entrance. The Venezuelan Mission to the OAS and the Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. proudly invite the public to the event. (The Bolivarian Hall is located in 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For further information and RSVP to this event, e-mail email@example.com.)
ORUILA will also perform in Houston’s Duncan College Quad on Saturday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. The concert is sponsored by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, presented by Duncan College and supported by the Americas Research Center, the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice University, and the Black Student Association.
Fusion of Latin American and Caribbean Rhythms
The University Orchestra of Latin American Instruments mixes different traditional rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean. The band is formed by students from the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UVB) – a university created in 2003 by the government of President Hugo Chávez — as well as members of the local community.
Conducted by maestro Israel Girón, who has wide experience in Latin American and Caribbean music and traditional instruments, ORUILA was created in 2006 to satisfy the artistic and musical interests of the university community.
The mission of the orchestra, beyond delighting the audience with the best Latin American and Caribbean rhythms, is to teach about the wide number of instruments existing in the region.
ORUILA, which infects the audience with its Latin American and Caribbean flavor, have toured Benín, France, Gambia and Senegal. “Martí Chirinos”, “Obra Dios por el hombre”, “La flor del Cacao” and “Canto para Vudú and/or Rará” are some of the songs of their repertory which include instruments such as the Venezuelan drums cumaco, maracas, the Venezuelan cuatro, the Afro-Colombians marimba de chonta and guasá, among other Latin American and Caribbean instruments.
Additionally, in May 2010, ORUILA toured around several states in Venezuela to delight the audience and form university orchestras in local offices of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela.
Voces y sonidos de Nuestra América is the first album of the University Orchestra of Latin American Instruments, which includes eight music genres and features recognized Venezuelan singer Lilia Vera.
Listen to some of the orchestra’s songs here.
Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / December 3, 2010