Alma Llanera Youth and Children’s Orchestra of Guárico

Publicado por Prensa FundaMusical Bolívar.

Founded in 2009, the Alma Llanera Youth and Children’s Orchestra of Guárico (ALYCOG) stems from the Alma Llanera Folk Music Program established in 2006 in Guárico, in the Núcleos Antonio Estévez and Jesús María Torrealba, with the idea of extolling and preserving Venezuelan Folk Music.

Alma Llanera Youth and Children's Orchestra of Guárico
Founded in 2009, the Alma Llanera Youth and Children’s Orchestra of Guárico (ALYCOG) stems from the Alma Llanera Folk Music Program established in 2006 in Guárico, in the Núcleos Antonio Estévez and Jesús María Torrealba, with the idea of extolling and preserving Venezuelan Folk Music.

One of the purposes of both the orchestra and the programme is to keep a record of those Venezuelan folk compositions transmitted orally from generation to generation by writing them out in score, thus preventing them from falling into oblivion.

This orchestra, the only one of its kind in Venezuela, is made up of 39 cuatros, 14 Venezuelan harps, 13 mandolins, 15 guitars, 8 bandolas, 2 maracas and 3 double basses.

The ALYCOG, conducted by the renowned cuatro and harp player Luis Herrera, has a wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk works from Guárico. Many of the 90 young musicians who comprise the orchestra have received national and international awards.    

Harp Ensemble

Drawn from the Alma Llanera Youth and Children’s Orchestra of Guárico, the Harp Ensemble –made up of 14 Venezuelan harps– plays folk music from Los Llanos. Besides extolling the importance of harp as a traditional instrument, the ensemble shows the potential and versatility of this instrument.

About the Conductor 

Luis Herrera was born in San Juan de Los Morros, state of Guárico, on August 9, 1983 to a family of talented folk musicians: José Luis Herrera (father), Enriqueta de Herrera (mother) and Cándido Herrera (uncle).

He began his career as musician at the age of six and has recorded with artists such as Rudy La Scala; Azúcar, Joropo y Son (Cuba), Queen of Kings (USA); Ensamble la Ensamblera; Jorge Guerrero; Alberto Díaz; Rosesty Rodríguez and Domingo García. He has also accompanied many Venezuelan folk music icons such as El Carrao de Palmarito, Simón Díaz, Reina Lucero, Cristóbal  Jiménez, Rummy Olivo and Henry Rubio.

He has won several awards at national and International festivals like San Martin de Los Llanos (Colombia), the Villavicencio International Harp Festival (Colombia), El Silbón de Oro International Festival (Venezuela), the Cantaclaro Festival (Venezuela) and El Quibor de Oro (Venezuela).