Who: Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet
Where: O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, College of Santa Fe
When: Friday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard); 473-6011 (College of Santa Fe Switchboard)
Smoldering jazz is kicked up with the intoxicating polyrhythms of coastal Perú as trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegría continues to chart a fresh new idiom.
Gabriel Alegria is one of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú. Alegria’s grandfather Ciro was Peru’s most famous novelist and his father Alonso is Perú’s most acclaimed playwright. Alegria’s current recording Nuevo Mundo, on Saponegro Records, topped both Jazz Week World Music and CMJ’s jazz charts. Recently Gabriel completed “Tour Peru,” a new model in touring that included 40 fans who accompanied the Afro-Peruvian Sextet throughout Peru. He has also performed concerts for the United Nations and various diplomatic missions from around the world. The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has appeared in over 300 concerts and master classes throughout North America.
Alegria combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. Currently Associate Director of Jazz Studies at New York University, Alegria earned a doctorate in jazz studies from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the City University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.
This presentation is made possible by generous sponsorship provided by Jazz Peru Internacional. Please visit www.jazzperu.org for more details.
Gabriel Alegria – trumpet
Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón - percussion / zapateo dancing
Hugo Alcazar - drums
Yuri Juarez – guitar
Laurandrea Leguia – tenor saxophone
Ramon de Bruyn - double bass / bass guitar / voice
Gabriel's website: http://www.gabrielalegria.com/
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