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Madera plays Latin American music for the soul


We play songs by Silvio Rodriguez, Mercedes Sosa, JM Serrat, Isabel Parra, Pablo Milanes, and others - the best loved songs of Latin America!

contact Madera

Alex Contreras, master guitarist
from Costa Rica
Ina Hecker, singer (exquisita!) from Chile
Laurie Childers, singer from the US
Bill Veley, bass
El Vikingo, percussion
George Beekman, percussion
Bobby Gomez, keyboard

Madera toca musica latinamericana para el alma

"Madera" means "wood" in Spanish and symbolizes strength and beauty.


Madera's original core:
Ina Hecker, Alex Contreras, and Laurie Childers

We first played for Second Saturdays, October 2007


Madera June 2008

Alex, Ina, Laurie, Tito Amaya, and El Vikingo

Madera is a fluid band, performing at times
with additional musicians such as:

Otto Gygax (percussion), Tito Amaya of El Salvador (flutes and panpipes), Mark Babson (violin), and Bobby Gomez (keyboard).


Madera opened for Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Laureate,
speaking at PeaceJam! NW Feb 2008

Alex Contreras, Ina Hecker, Laurie Childers, El Vikingo


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George Beekman and El Vikingo
Madera plays at Fireworks Restaurant, Corvallis

Alex Contreras
Madera plays at
Bombs Away Cafe, Corvallis

Bill Veley, Mark Babson, Laurie Childers, Ina Hecker, Alex Contreras (and El Vikingo) - Madera plays Corvallis Folklore Society's Best Cellar Coffeehouse