Ouros infuses great musical composition and songwriting with impeccable musicianship. This bilingual band performs songs in both Spanish and English with rich vocal harmonies and really hot instrumentation. The band-members, being from different parts of the world with influences ranging over four continents, are deeply experienced in multiple genres including flamenco, bluegrass, jazz, Latin, and traditional American and European music. Ouros carefully knits these diverging components into a consistent and original sound, weaving a fabric of infectious rhythms and melodic splendor not to be missed by any music lover.
Jose Oretea: guitar, vocals
Jose Oretea is a talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter living in Washington DC. Influenced by singers like the Gypsy Kings and Jose Monje Cruz, his songs reflect the Flamenco music of Spain and are spiced with the sounds of his native Bolivia. Jose and his brother play their own musical blend incorporating originals and aspects of flamenco, Latin, and South American folk music.
Danny Knicely: mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Danny Knicely is a multi-instrumentalist from a family steeped in mountain music tradition. He has used his roots in old-time and bluegrass to explore many musical styles from swing, jazz, Latin and Irish, to the various types he has encountered while performing and studying music in India, Nepal, Tibet, and China. He performs with, among others, James Leva and Purgatory Mountain, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, and is the musical director for the Mountain Music Project
Mario “Cesar” Oretea: guitar, charango, vocals
Mario “Cesar” Oretea from Cochabamba, Bolivia started singing as a child and bagan Playing the guitar at the age of ten. Originally inspired by his father, Cesar’s musical interests took him to Spain to further hone his skills in the art of flamenco guitar. Now residing in Washington DC, he has performed with his brother at such prestigious venues as The Smithsonian, Carter Barron ampi-theater and Constitution Hall.
Ralph Gordon: bass
Classically trained, Ralph studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. He eventually returned to West Virginia where he joined the ground breaking folk ensemble, Trapezoid. Nine years and four recordings later he left the group in 1986 to become a free lance musician. Since then he has performed with many individuals and groups in a multitude of musical styles and settings He is a sought after freelance artist and session musician in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Ralph can be heard on more than 100 recordings and contributed to arranging and producing on many of these. He teaches bass and performance classes at summer camps across the country.
A skilled master of the bass, Ralph enjoys playing many styles of traditional music including bluegrass, old time, French Canadian, Scottish, English, and klezmer, and teaches at many dance and music camps in the U. S. and Europe. Ralph subtly grounds, stabilizes, and inspires the rest of the ensemble as they pursue their experimentations. Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 35 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers.
“His playing is more sophisticated and technically accomplished than the next 10 string players of any sort and he uses his instruments to subtly ground, stabilize, and inspire the rest of the ensemble as they pursue their experimentations.”
—Charleston Post Courier
—Folklore Society of Greater Washington newletter
“a quick study and a most masterful bass player.”
—Mary Lea of Bare Necessities