A mosaic of marimba on stage

The international touring ensemble Rio Mira performs at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 7 p.m. this Sunday, July 14. (Courtesy photo)

Fans of marimba and South American music in general pay heed: the international touring ensemble Rio Mira is coming to Lincoln City.

This band, fronted by singer Karla Kanora, will perform at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Rio Mira is a recording collaboration between artists from neighboring Ecuador and Colombia. Their debut album, released on a ZZK's sub-label AYA Records, is produced by Iván Benavides (involved in Latin Grammy-winning groups like Choq Quib Town and Los Giateros de San Jacinto) and Ivis Flies (producer of Latin Grammy-winning social heritage project De Taitas y Mamas) and is guided by the distinctive percussive tones of the marimba, an all-important ingredient of this socially-conscious project.

Based out of the coastal town of Esmeraldas in Ecuador, the project organizers are also developing a festival aiming to shift the negative attitudes toward Afro-Ecuadorian music, a multi-pronged initiative channeling the region’s UNESCO-recognized musical history. A symbol of the border-spanning, Afro-Pacific identity, the marimba’s story is closely intertwined with that of the escaped slaves, known as maroons, who made the region their home from the early 16th century onward. Reflecting that history of self-realized liberation, there’s a celebratory feeling to the music that’s tangible. In the carefully preserved tradition of the marimba, there’s a joyous feeling that’s infectious.

For this Sunday’s performance, the LCCC will offer reserved table seating. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for youth ages 18 and under. Current LCCC members may take advantage of their $2 per ticket discount. Tickets can be purchased at the LCCC Information Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday, or online at lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located inside the former Delake School at 540 NE Highway 101. For more information, call 541-994-9994.