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Oscar Lopez with Awna Teixeira
Fri, May 17


Time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $40 advance, $45 at the door

Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez's Latin guitar groove has made him a stand-out on the world music scene.
Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music. But one thing remains constant: letting the passion and fire within his soul loose through his fingertips and onto the guitar strings. Lopez has earned two Juno awards and multiple nominations.
Lopez captures the sound and feel of his live performances with an intimate, acoustic set on his latest album, MY DESTINY (Mi Destino). "The music on this album illustrates the power of simplicity. I've been striving to achieve this musical goal for a long time and I am very proud of the results. Every song on this album represents the core of my heart, soul and spirit. MY DESTINY, as are Lopez's live performances, is an invitation to a very personal interaction between him and the audience. "My music is an extension of my soul and life experiences," Lopez explains. "My albums are the product of this internal and external collaboration. I revel in the thrill of watching an album take form."
The Latin feel in his music is one of the most important elements for Lopez. Born in Santiago, Chile, he moved to Canada in 1979 and now calls Calgary home. "My roots are here but all that I am I owe to my mother country; she has made me who I am today".
This global fusion has made Lopez a leader among world-class guitarists. Performing to sold-out audiences across North America and mesmerizing music lovers from across the globe, he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Prairie Music Awards. In addition to this and his Juno wins, he has been honoured with 3 Juno nominations, awarded the SOCAN Hagood Hardy Jazz/Instrumental Music Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Hispanic Excellence Award for the achievements as the Hottest Latin Guitarist. ARMANDO'S FIRE, HEAT, and SEDUCTION blazed to the Top 20 of Billboard's "New Age" music chart, receiving widespread critical acclaim.
Oscar Lopez paused to reflect on his astonishing career. He has dazzled the ears and touched the hearts of many with his stunning technique. His soulful energy and fiery intensity has been captured on FLASHBACK, a collection of tunes from many of his top selling albums.                                                   

 Awna Teixeira


When Awna realized the world wasn't what it seemed from an early age, she packed her suitcase with her comics and a bowl of rice and at the age of six, left home to circle the streets until night fall. She would only return home to play her garage sale organ and trumpet to songs she learned off the radio. After leaving her young life of music, Awna wound up pursuing a life of crime. Hanging out with the Robin Hood sort, she honed her driving skills as a getaway driver and perfected the image of innocence it took to walk away unscathed.
It wasn't long before Awna found her way back to a world of songs and stories. In 2001, she joined West Coast's favourite bands, "The Derby" and "The Red Eyed Rounders". Shortly after starting the Country-Folk band "Barley Wik" touring all over Canada for 3 years.
In 2004, Awna decided to branch out and start her solo career. That venture was cut short when she ran into Allison Russell of the international roots band Po'Girl and within a week, she joined the band and hit the road. For eight years now, Po'Girl have seen a bit of the world together. They have toured in 15 different countries on 4 continents, releasing five albums since the time Awna joined the band, all of which feature many on her own compositions.
In 2011 Awna decided to take a bit of a break from touring with Po'Girl to record and release her long awaited debut solo album "Where The Darkness Goes". (Set for release in the UK and EU in September 2012 and North American in October 2012). Awna spent March and April in Chicago recording the album at Minbal studios, working with a hand full of incredible Chicago based musicians and wonderful engineer Zach Goheen. While handling the accordion, guitar, banjo, harmonica and ukulele with ease, Awna's songs will bring you back to that classic old time feel of back porch spirituals. Crossing borders with her Portuguese upbringing, you will hear tales of heartache and travel through accordion driven European folk. With the title track
having haunting sweet harmonies, you are taken on a journey with horn arrangements, full band blends and also stripped down compositions with just Awna and her instrument of choice. This is an album that brings together all of Awna's dynamics, leaving listeners and audiences alike, captivated from start to finish.


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