Steamboat Springs San Diego-based six-piece Todo Mundo has a simple mission when it comes to music.
“We do it for the people, for the love of people,” said Santiago Orozco, a native of Columbia who serves as frontman, singer songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the group. “Music has the power to affect people, and each time I play, I try to do the best I can from the bottom of my heart.”
If You Go...
What: Todo Mundo
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16
Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road
Tickets: $20 for adults and $5 for juniors. Tickets can be purchased online at stringsmusicfesti... or at the Strings box office.
Fusing an eclectic blend of musical flavors, Todo Mundo is known for their conventional melodies derived from the Spanish Rumba, reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles. Todo Mundo — which means “All the World” in Spanish — will bring their inspiring tunes and irresistible grooves to the Strings Music Pavilion at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $5 for juniors and can be purchased online at stringsmusicfestival.com or at the Strings box office.
“World music like this doesn’t come around that often,” said Cristin Frey, Strings advertising and marketing director and youth program coordinator. “This is something different for us, and personally, I love world music, especially with reggae and Latin influences.”
Originally an outlet of self-expression, music became something Orozco decided to pursue as a career once he saw the reaction of his audiences at local farmers markets or on the streets of San Diego. Todo Mundo formed in 2009, when Orozco found a group of musicians who shared the same passion for the craft.
“I started to see what music did to people,” Orozco said. “What they would be feeling, you can feel that reciprocated back. Music has the power to affect people, and this is just one way we can contribute to the world and do something on a bigger picture.
“I just fell in love with music. It’s organic, real and sincere. A big part of our music is to be honest and to understand there is no right or wrong with music, as long as it’s real and honest.”
Comprised of members from Israel, Venezuela, Toronto and New Jersey, the group presents their organically uplifting tunes through the burst of musical vigor in their second album, “Conexion.” In 2013, the group teamed with Grammy Award-winning engineer Alan Sanderson for this full-length album that infuses a sampling of new influences with the evolution of Todo Mundo as a tight knit six-piece group.
Described by Orozco as “world fusion,” Todo Mundo goes from the catchy, Latin pop-inspired tune, “Male Male,” to the Jamaican blend of “Flying Through the Air.”
“They are a lively, high-energy group,” said Steve Chambers, who saw the group as a trio at a jazz club in California. “They play to the crowd, and rocked it. They have instrumentation that is really different with more Latin and even a reggae flair to it.”
With undercurrents that uplift and generate positivity, Orozco said his songwriting comes from everyday occurrences and a sense of gratitude that allows listeners to relate and be present in the moment of a live show.
“It’s important people remember that, with any situation in life, we are all the same in the bigger picture of things,” Orozco said. “We have to be open and compassionate with others, and I hope that’s something we can remind people of at our show.”
Incorporating songs from their newest album into a wide variety of others in their repertoire, Orozco said the Todo Mundo set list is never final and that they will see what happens with the crowd. However, the open dance floor available at the Strings Pavilion, along with the regular seating area, will leave ample opportunity for attendees to dance along with the upbeat tunes.
“I think people from all walks of life will be able to come together and have a good time at this show,” Frey said. “I think it’s going to be a great show.”
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