UNION – The Union Public Library will host a performance by Compas on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Compas, which translates to rhythm, founders Adrienne Riofrio and Dario Scholis have created an ensemble that performs popular Latin American compositions from a variety of genres. Bombo, Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ecuadorian Folk, Colombian Folk, Merenque, Bachata, Boleros, Cha-cha-cha and more are performed in a style that is reflective of popular gatherings of song by friends and families throughout Latin America.
Riofrio grew up immersed in classical music and folkloric music from Ecuador, her parents’ native country. When she relocated to New Jersey and started playing music with her cousin, Dario, Comapas was born. Riofrio is fulfilling a dream of performing, and using her classical and folkloric violin training to express herself with Compas.
Scholis, a native of Quito, Ecuador, was influenced by his musician father and began playing guitar when he was 12 years old. By the age of 18, he was in demand as a performer and guitar instructor. He relocated to the United States in 1981 and has been a member of various music ensembles.
Juan Pablo Cano is a native of Colombia. He has toured South America and much of the United States as the bass player for Bata-Son. He is an accomplished musician that brings to Compas a special Latin American rhythmic touch.
Gabriel Scholis was born in Elizabeth with an influential Ecuadorian and Cuban family heritage. He started playing drums at age 12 and later learned to play congas, bongo and percussion instruments. His passion for Latin music has led him to Compas.
The public is invited to this admission-free concert. Because seating is limited, call the library at 1-908-851-5452 to reserve a seat. The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.