A Confluence of sounds to be thankful for
Special to the Daily
The 12-member band, Confluence, performs at Dillon Amphitheatre at
1 p.m. Sunday, bringing an “artistic collision of music from around the world” including covers by artists ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Jessi J, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Los Lonely Boys, Israel Houghton and Michael Jackson, to name a few.
Confluence means “the act of flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams; the place of meeting” – ideas that are reflected in both the diverse compilation of world music the band brings to the stage and also its parent organization, Confluence Ministries, which aims to “gather together diverse streams of the Body of Christ with their unique talents and resources to be a relevant and visible presence in our cities. By demonstrating God’s love through serving, music, fine arts and much more,” their mission states, “we believe the Church can positively influence our culture.”
The band itself “draws from meaningful songs that touch on issues like social justice yet convey a positive message,” said musical director Jude Del Hierro, who founded the Denver-based Confluence Ministries along with his wife, Cindy, and volunteers from area churches.
Confluence the band offers its talent in support of many charitable events, including Cystic Fibrosis, Colfax Marathon, Second Wind and others. It has traveled internationally to China, Thailand, Italy, Peru and Mexico, often to remote and impoverished areas, where members volunteer with various groups, playing music as they go. In Peru, a surprised onlooker said, “Why are you playing here? No one ever comes here.”
“The goal of playing at other places internationally is for the purpose of building relationships worldwide,” Del Hierro explained, “to encourage those who are gifted in the arts to give back to community,” and “to encourage people to dream and use their gifts and talents to change the world.” At Sunday’s show they will be selling a light meal of hot dogs, chips and drinks for a donation, with proceeds benefiting the Family Intercultural Resource Center.
Although they are “followers of Christ,” Del Hierro explained, Confluence knows “how to play in venues that are not a Christian event.” Aside from Dillon Amphitheatre, where it played two years ago, the band performs regularly at events including the People’s Fair in Denver, Cinco de Mayo and Race for the Cure.
“We have a variety of music that will connect with any crowd,” Del Hierro said. The band consists of trumpet, keys, drums, percussion, bass, guitar and five vocalists. While they often start out by asking the audience, “What are you thankful for?” after that, Del Hierro put it, “we let the music do the talking.”
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