South American Folk Group to Perform in Gorell Recital Hall

Posted on 3/27/2013 10:03:26 AM

The Lively Arts at IUP will present Cimarron, a Latin folk music ensemble, as its next Ovations! series event on Thursday, April 4, 2013. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and will be performed in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.

The most accomplished “Llanera” group in Colombia, South America, Cimarron celebrates the sounds of Los Llanos Orientales—a vast plain of cattle country where the descendants of Spanish settlers, African slaves, and indigenous Indians live much like their ancestors did, within the lush savannahs that follow the great Orinoco River. With a sound that has been described as Turbo-flamenco-jazz, Cimarron is “the bull that knows no rope—the steer that roams free, fierce and unbranded at the breach of experiment and tradition.”

A seven-piece ensemble led by composer Carlos Rojas, Cimarron uses several authentic instruments indigenous to their region. They have been performing for more than 20 years in countries like Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Holland, Wales, England, and the U.S.

Immersed in the festive dance music called joropo, the group presents a fiercely virtuoso display of rippling melodies that produce a rapid and celebratory sound with high-pitched voices reminiscent of the folk tunes of Andalusia. The fast-paced, triple-meter music is often accompanied by footwork-intense couples dancing, and has become an icon of regional and national identity.

Nominated for a 2005 Latin Grammy following the release of its Smithsonian Folkways album Si Soy Llanero, Cimarron has also been honored with an acclaimed showcase at the 2008 World Music Expo and the iTunes Rewind Traditional World Album of the Year in 2011.

Tickets for the performance are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building or online now at IUP Tickets. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for regular admission, $16 for senior citizens, and $12 for students and children.

For more information, call the Lively Arts Office at (724)-357-2787 or e-mail

Ovations! is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts is a program of the College of Fine Arts, presenting nearly 200 performances and exhibits annually.





April 4, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of Sutton Hall

Cimarron is the most accomplished llanera group from the plains in Colombia, South America. This seven-piece ensemble, led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas, has been together for over 20 years performing the world over. The group explores and experiments with their rich heritage, retaining the essence of the music’s South American tradition.

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For more information, visit Cimarron, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.