Traditional Artist Spotlight: Alex Llumiquinga Perez

Alex Llumiquinga Perez is a talented musician originally from Ecuador. Perez’s first teacher and inspiration was his grandfather, who played traditional Andean music. As a child, Perez learned not only his grandfather’s tunes but also those of popular Andean folk groups. Perez later joined the traditional group Chayag, and toured internationally. In 2001, Perez immigrated to Oregon and joined his wife in her home state of Oregon. Perez is well known in Lincoln County where he participates in many local events and benefit programs. In addition to playing music, Perez also makes traditional Andean instruments such as the charango (a 10 stringed guitar) and samponas (a type of pan flute).

Click here to watch Alex Llumiquinga Perez craft a charango and quena (a type of flute).

OFN exhibit “Rooted in Tradition”

The Oregon Folklife Network’s exhibit “Rooted in Tradition” showcases the variety of OFN’s partnerships and productions at the University of Oregon around the state and at our hub, University of Oregon. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the UO’s Library Diversity Committee and Library Exhibits Program. “Rooted in Traditon” is on display on the first floor of the Knight Library.

There will be an exhibit reception on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 4 – 5:30 in the
Knight Library’s Browsing Room.
All are welcome!

New Staff

Bruno Seraphin is a first-year master’s student in the University of Oregon’s Folklore Studies program. He has an undergraduate degree from New York University with a background in narrative and documentary film production. He just moved from North Carolina and is thrilled to be living on the West Coast and getting to know Oregon communities.