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Melodic Marimba Band from Guatemala to Perform Free at LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 13

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Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
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LIU Brooklyn Marimba BandBrooklyn, N.Y. – A marimba band from Guatemala, "Liceo Javier Marimba Band," will perform at LIU Brooklyn's Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Launched in 2006, with current band director Byron Amilcar Ramirez Castillo, the marimba band hails from the Guatemalan high school of Liceo Javier. The all-male band has 15 members, all whom are between the ages of 15-17.

The band is no stranger to international performances. This year's group has been invited to perform concerts in Montreal, Toronto and, on Dec. 10, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 'The Golden Generation,' as this year's members are called, have won numerous accolades and awards at festivals nationally. The 'Golden Generation' also has an album out this December.

Marimba is a large percussion wooden xylophone that covers five octaves with keys segmented much like a piano. The keys above are hit with mallets and beneath them are cylindrical resonators that vibrate. Linked to the 'balafon' from Africa, it originated in Southern Mexico and Northern Guatemala, where it is considered the national instrument.

Sponsors for the concert include LIU Brooklyn's Model United Nations Club, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and Latinos Unidos. Authentic Guatemalan food will be sold at the venue.

"The aim of the Model UN club has always been to expose LIU's student body to different cultures, and this band from Guatemala is a superb group of performers," said Richard Thompson, president of the Model United Nations Club. "I encourage the campus community to come out, eat, listen and harmonize with the amazing sounds of Marimba."

For more information, contact Richard Thompson at (646) 488-7407.

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Posted 12/07/2012

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