Augusto Alvarez


Available only to Schools

Augusto studied Peruvian folk music and dance in the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú from 1978-1982. Then he traveled to France where he played and toured throughout Europe with several Andean music and dance groups from 1983 until 2010.

He plays various instruments including zampoña (Andean pan flute) and percussion (bombo and tambor). His main instrument is the zampoña. He has participated in many folk music festivals during 20 years throughout Europe.

Also available to teach Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia Colombiana and Vals (Waltz).
Additional Languages: Spanish, French, and Italian
Hourly rate: $45/hr

phone: (831) 319-8223

Peruvian Folk Dance

The goal of the workshop is for the students to learn and experience the historical and social significance of Peruvian dance. Students will develop coordination, strength and flexibility. Students will increase corporal awareness as well as a sense of rhythm. Students will understand the indigenous, African and Spanish influences in Peruvian folk dance. For example, the Marinera (see image) is a coastal dance from Perú, generally called the "National Dance of Peru." Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple's dance that uses handkerchiefs as props. The dance is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows a blend of the different cultures of Peru. The dance itself has gained a lot of recognition and is one of the most popular traditional dances of Peru.

Grade level: K–12
Requires: classroom
Available for after school

Music of the Incas

The goal of this residency/workshop is for students to experience working in a community/group producing Andean music together. The Andean flute, when played in a group, is like a dialogue. Students will also gain an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of the Andean regional music. The zampoña is an ancient musical instrument that is made from bamboo or giant cane that only grows in the "altiplano" at 13,000 feet. It is a pre-Columbian instrument that demonstrates the rich history of the Incas. Students will learn to read musical notes and to construct melodies from the different Andean regions. Students will compare and analyze different forms of Andean folk music with other genres of music. Also, if time permits, students will perform various melodies with accuracy for the school community.

Grade level: 3–12
Requires: classroom, after school availability.