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Jopará Ensemble

Traditional & Acoustic Music
Contact Person:Aleia Gonzalez
Phone:785-393-3995
Email:[email protected]
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About

The Jopará Ensemble performs music from Paraguay blended with harmonies and rhythms from around the world. The word “jopará” is the colloquial language we use in Paraguay, a perfect blend between Spanish and Guarani. This idea of blend, or Jopará, is what the ensemble portrays through their music, combining traditional with more contemporary elements to create a unique sound. The Jopará Ensemble has been together for 1.5 years and have performed in a variety of events throughout the country:

  • Ruel Joyce concert series at the Johnson County Community College (Oct 2023)
  • Guest artists for the Paraguayan Independence celebrations at the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington DC (May 2023)
  • 2023 Kansas tour at different universities with a main concert and masterclasses for students in: Washburn University, Emporia State University and Barton Community College (Jan/Feb 2023)
  • Kansas Paraguay Partners annual meeting (April 2022)
  • Currently in the editing phase of recording and releasing an album- to be released in 2024! Jopara Ensemble is made up of Paraguayan musicians living in Kansas; they are Ramiro Miranda on violin, Irene Diaz Gill on cello, Aleia Gonzalez on guitar, and Alejandro Avila on piano. The members are all classically trained musicians and educators, who enjoy playing traditional music from their native country.

Alejandro Avila

Alejandro is an active performer and educator residing in Kansas. He is the piano faculty and director of the accompaniment area at Barton Community College. At the college, Alejandro teaches piano, organ, and collaborates with the vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as performs in chamber music settings. He is also a featured artist and faculty at several music festivals during the summer, including the Salt Creek Art Song Festival in Nebraska and the Conero International Piano Festival in Recanati, Italy.

Irene Diaz Gill

Irene is the newly appointed orchestra director at Pittsburg Middle and High Schools. Irene enjoys teaching and playing the cello. She performs regularly with the Jopara Ensemble, which specializes in Paraguayan music, and String Daze, which specializes in fiddle music from around the world.

Aleia Gonzalez

Aleia is the guitar instructor at Barton Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University. She performs in the Kansas City metropolitan area in both solo and collaborative settings. Aleia is a board member of the Kansas City Guitar Society and the Salt Creek Salt Festival.

Ramiro Miranda

Ramiro teaches at Pittsburg State University, while pursuing an active career as a violinist and conductor. He has recently been on tour with Paraguayan jazz pianist Daniel Ayala, and he has also shared the stage with internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Berta Rojas, performing music by Agustin Pio Barrios and Heitor Villa Lobos.

Primary Program Description

The Jopara Ensemble perform music from Paraguay in original arrangements. The musicians take turns talking about the music, composers and giving the audience a good background on the music and the stories that come with it. Some classic hits include “Recuerdos de Ypacarai” and “Mis Noches Sin Ti”, as well as some original compositions by Ramiro Miranda including “We are Neighbors” and “Celebracion”.

Program Fee

The fee for the Ensemble $1,200 plus a mileage compensation depending on the location of the event.

Educational Activity Information

The members of the Jopara Ensemble could provide masterclasses and chamber music coaching; an educational concert; a workshop or lecture on traditional Paraguayan music.

Additional Activity Fee

$240 for a single, same-day presentation.

Community Activity Information

The Jopara Ensemble would love to connect with the community they are performing in. They would be happy to have a “conversation with the artists” time after or before the concert. The Ensemble would be suitable for a wide variety of venues including concert series, music festivals, universities, public schools, senior and retirement homes. It would also be great to feature the Jopara Ensemble to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.

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