The World Vibrations concert unites Las Vegas residents harpist Mariano Gonzalez from Paraguay; Hong Wang, from China; and Flavio Martinez of Mexico who will perform world music, blending their musical talents and creating a unique sound at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Theater, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show and can be purchased at the front desk or online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration.
Gonazlez plays a variety of different harps, while the others are multi-instrumentalists; Wang on more than 20 wind and stringed instruments, and Martinez on pan pipes, guitar and charango. They blend the different musical traditions of their origins into a new form of world music. Gonzalez grew up on his family's Paraguayan ranch, where most of his male relatives were cowboys and musicians. Gonzalez went deeper into the music than the others and became a luthier – a harp builder – as well as a musician. After mastering guarania, Paraguay's folk music, Gonzalez went further and revolutionized the Paraguayan harp, modifying it to provide the entire chromatic scale, so that he could play American jazz. He is celebrated in Japan and Europe and has been featured at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Gonzalez has lived in Las Vegas for more than a decade and is a regular member of singer Tony Orlando's band.
Wang created a Chinese ensemble in San Francisco, where he played with jazz musicians such as drummer Max Roach, has toured Europe, his native China and has performed at New York's Lincoln Center Festival and Las Vegas' MGM Grand. Chinese folk music and the instruments he plays has become a way of life for him.
Martinez was born in Mexico, and has intensively studied all the indigenous music of the Americas. He plays native flutes and pan pipes from all over Middle and South America as well as guitar and charango. A teacher in the Clark County School District, Martinez also founded the band Nosotrosound.
Those interested in this event can call the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.