|Alegria Real: Members|
Alegria Real is comprised of Christina Audas and Armando Rivera. The duo also enjoys collaborations with a variety of guest musicians on performances of all types.
Armando Rivera provides percussion on a wide range of instruments that includes several types of cajón, bombo, tan-tan, bongo, congas, and many more of afro-brasilian and afro-cuban traditions. Versatile and innovative percussionist hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Armando has been living in the Oklahoma City area for the last 25 years and has performed with many groups, including jazz saxophonist Brian Gorrell, singer/song writer Paul Reeves of Fannie Grace, Son Del Barrio and the Legendary OKC Latin group Salsa Nueva as well as appearing in many award winning albums as a guest recording artist and has recorded sound tracks for movies. Armando continues to study Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Flamenco rhythms and many assorted hand percussion instruments, combining the trap set, congas, cajon and other hand percussion instruments to create a unique rhythmic approach – a perfect complement to the music of many singers, instrumentalists and dancers. As educator he has been invited numerous times to The University of Oklahoma Music Department and Wheaton College in Massachusetts to give lecture/demonstrations on Afro Caribbean and Afro Brazilian music and percussion. At the age of 7, Armando received music lessons from a private school in Mexico City; flute was the first instrument he learned. When he turned 12 years old, he started to learn his very passion, how to play drum set. Then at the age of 15 Armando started to perform professionally with local bands in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Today, Armando continues to help educate children and adolescents about the Spanish and Latino Music Heritage in the Oklahoma City Metro area through the OKC Arts Council.