BOARDMAN - Grupo Condor brings an amazing range of tones and inflections to their music performing on a variety of wind, stringed and percussion instruments.

The group performs in concert during Music in the Parks at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at Boardman Marina Park. The concert is free.

Grupo Condor is a touring folk music group that performs traditional music from all of Latin American. Their concerts focus on a blend of European, African and Native American influences that are the roots of their multicultural music style.

The group's music showcases string instruments of Spanish influence, flutes of Native America, and percussion of both African and American influences.

Gerardo Calderon of Mexico studied classical guitar at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City. He went on to pursue his interest in South American folk music by performing with folk ensembles in Mexico, Canada, New England and the Pacific Northwest. He plays Latin stringed instruments such as the charango, waylacho, ronroco, tiple colombiano, tres cubano and cuatro venezolano.

Samuel Becerra came to Oregon from Mexico City with 12 years of experience in the musical field. His ability to play a wide variety of instruments enables him to play with Salsa, Latin jazz, and folk groups. Becerra specializes in wind instruments such as the quena and zamponas (panpipes). He also plays percussion instruments including congas, bongos, bombo, timbales, and hand percussions. He has been part of Grupo Condor since 1994.

Luis Opazo is a native of Punta Arenas, Chile. He has been playing and teaching percussion professionally for 35 years. His formal training includes two years of classical music at the University of Massachusetts, three years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and one year of Pan African Studies at California State University at Northridge. Opazo is one of the founding members of Condor. He performs on bombo leguero, Peruvian box, cacharaina (jaw bone), congas, bongos and Latin percussion.

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, a picnic supper and come early to enjoy the park on the Columbia River before the event.

Boardman Marina Park is located on Marine Drive.

Music in the Parks is funded by Morrow County Unified Recreation District and Portland General Electric and sponsored by North Morrow Community Foundation.


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