DuetsSometimes a combination of instruments offers the musical aesthetic that is right for your event.
The acoustic guitar is a natural complement to the Paraguayan harp. The rhythmic quality of the strumming of acoustic guitar chords combined with the bright sound of Paraguayan harp melodies is both unique and satisfying.
The following musician frequently accompany Nicolas on guitar. These talented musicians also provide accompaniment with vocals and/or other instruments.
Mauricio, a master musician originally from Mexico, is an amazingly versatile performer of Latin American string, woodwind and percussive instruments. Mauricio has mastered many instruments and incorporates string instruments such as guitarron (Mexican bass guitar), vihuela (Mexican accompaniment guitar), charango (lead and accompaniment guitar from the Andean countries), acoustic guitar, with a variety of wind instruments from Andean countries (quena, quenacho, sikus) and percussion instruments from throughout Latin America. For more than 20 years, Mauricio has performed and toured with different Latin American folk music ensembles throughout Minnesota and the United States.
Jorge, a classically trained musician from Colombia, has a gentle touch and plays complex arrangements with sophisticated artistry. Jorge studied classical guitar performance and music education in Colombia and is currently a music teacher in Minnesota. He performs with various Latin American ensembles and his repertoire includes musical styles from throughout Latin American, including traditional folk music, latin jazz, and bossa nova.
Pedro, a singer and guitarist, has been playing music in the Twin Cities for decades. He has a wide repertoire of Mexican rancheros and boleros and renditions of popular folk songs. Pedro says the songs he plays express feelings associated with love, life, work and everyday life moments, "It's a great need that's coming from within me. I have the necessity to express my feelings, my culture, my happiness, my sadness [through music]."
Maliya, Nicolas' daughter, accompanies the harp with guitar, violin and her enchanting voice. Audiences are charmed by Maliya's fresh voice and musical talent. Maliya attended the Perpich Center for Art's Education and has travelled throughout South America studying different styles of music. Her vocal repertoire includes folk songs, romantic ballads, latin jazz (bossa nova) and old-time jazz favorites.