Saguache News – October 4

Renown Flamenco Guitarist Returns to Crestone

This Sunday, Oct. 7 the Shumei International Institute welcomes back Mito de Soto for an afternoon of Flamenco and Classical Guitar, starting at 3 p.m.

Mito de Soto

Miguel “Mito” de Soto

Miguel “Mito” de Soto on is based in Santa Fe, N.M., but his musical renderings take listeners around the world as he brings his talents as guitarist, composer, musician, and vocalist to the mountains above Crestone. And while many music-lovers may be familiar with his talents demonstrated in his recorded music, to hear him LIVE is an entirely different experience.

Trained in Classical music at the U.W-Milw, de Soto’s Flamenco and Classical compositions are personified by his ability to mask complex chord structures under a searing melody line. Although de Soto continues to have many of his classical compositions performed publicly by various chamber ensembles, he professes his enduring love for Flamenco music.

There are many music styles worldwide that influence and shape a musician throughout his/her life. For de Soto, paternal and maternal family members have always been “instrumental” at introducing him to a diverse montage of musical instruments, such as: mouth harps, various stringed instruments, flutes, guitars, clapping (palmas), rhythmic stomping and of course plenty of singing.

Mito de Soto took Masters’ classes with world-renowned percussionist Alex Acuña which taught him the use of poly-rhythms of five beats against three beats (accenting beat one for each measure). He has also studied poly-metric(multiple changing beats per piece) drumming time signatures with master drummers from Senegal & Ghana, as well as East Indian rhythms in 9 and 10 beat measures, and of course, the 12/8 – beat measures in Flamenco music. Come celebrate the musical culture of Flamenco and Classical “Music de Mito™”.

Tickets for the concert are a $10 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the artist directly. He brings with him his latest CD. For information call 719/256-5284 or visit


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