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Yet another way to 'Shop Local' -- and it's a way you may not have heard of before, until now....

DAVID F. ASHTON - Even though sometimes, during the pandemic, its only in his Woodstock backyard, Artists Sunday participant Daniel Reyes Llinás performs music. Most everyone has heard about "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday", and "Cyber Monday" – three major shopping days after Thanksgiving Day, as folks get ready for their Christmas celebration.

But, we'd never heard of "Artists Sunday" until Dunja Marcum of East Winds Music brought it to our attention. This nationwide initiative was promoted here by the Oregon Arts Commission, and is intended to help artists sell their art and promote their music during the Holiday Season – mainly on what's now called "Artists Sunday", November 29.

"I'm the music director of East Winds Music, operating "Vibe of Portland" – which is now closed, due to COVID-19 – an arts education non-profit that has done events in places such as the Brentwood-Darlington Moose Lodge," Marcum told THE BEE.

She introduced us to one of their East Winds Music participants in "Artists Sunday", Daniel Reyes Llinás, who lives and works in the Woodstock neighborhood.

"I'm from Columbia, having moved here three years ago," Llinás told us. "I'm a guitarist and composer – classical by training – playing, teaching, and writing my own contemporary music."

Before moving here, Llinás scored films such as "Carmen G", released in 2012, and the 2008 motion picture, "The Endless Love of Salamae".

His genre of music isn't easily defined: "Some is Latin American music; also electric guitar, and soundscapes.

"I'm part of the 'Parias Ensemble', an instrumental group that has been ongoing since 2007, creating a both 'noted' and 'improv' music, inspired by rock, jazz and South Amerian styles," Llinás explained.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily put an end to his public performances, travel, and teaching, Llinás said he's still been creating music, including a new EP released on December 4. "Thanks to the Internet, I've collaborated with artists all over the world on this project, with contributors from Berlin, New York, Columbia, Argentina."

You can learn more about his music from his website – www.llinasmusic.com And now you know more about the latest after-Thanksgiving "shop local" shopping day – buying music on "Artists Sunday".


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