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Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina.  Photo: NCPR
Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina. Photo: NCPR

Caramelo Trio: Latin American inspired music for a summer day

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We're kicking off the start of a warm summer weekend with the Latin American sounds of Caramelo Trio. The Potsdam ensemble joined Todd Moe live in the studio Friday morning to share some Latin contemporary music. Caramelo Trio is cellist Beth Robinson, guitarist Oscar Sarmiento, and percussionist Stephen Farina.

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The trio began with a waltz whose lyrics come from a well-known poem from Chile. When he was in college, Oscar asked his friend to set the poem, which most Chileans read in middle school, to music.

He chose to set the poem to folk music, creating a combination of highbrow and lowbrow.

The trio also played another piece called Dark Joy. It was written for Beth's dog, who passed away. The piece is paired with another song, Miss Sunshine.

Thursday, Caramelo Trio serenaded the participants of the Tour de Potsdam, the town's annual 5K run. During the first half of the race, the walkers heard Beth's husband, Matt Bullwinkle, on the accordion. On the way back around, Oscar and Beth played their instruments for the runners as they passed by from their yard.

On Friday, July 27th, they'll be playing happy hour at Maxfield's. Then, on August 1st they will be kicking off the summer downtown concert series at Berkeley Square Park in Saranac Lake from 7-9 p.m.

 

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