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Thursday, May 4, 2017

7:30 :International Battle of the bands / 9:30 :The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet

May 4 | Set Times: 7:30 pm AND 9:30 pm

| Doors: 7:00 pm
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                                                                                  Noche AfroPeruana

7:30pm :  International Battle of the bands

  • The Lima Interescolar Big Band (Lima, Peru), Ruben Romero, director
  • The Afro-Latin Fat Cats (New York, NY), Zach O’farrill, director
  • Susan Wagner High School (Staten Island, NY), Paul Corn, director
A friendly international concert presented by three top high school bands.  The future of Jazz is safe around the world.  Thi showcase will feature some incredible high school talents performing jazz classics, original compositions and Afro-Peruvian jazz music!
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 9:30 pm :  The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Gabriel Alegría, trumpet & flugel horn
Laura Andrea Leguía, saxophones
Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, cajón, quijada & cajita
Yuri Juárez, acoustic guitar
John Benitez, double bass
Ari Hoenig, drums

Ruben Romero, soprano saxophone

The Afro-Peruvian Sextet was established in 2005. The ensemble’s insistently inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music transformed by Gabriel Alegría’s highly personal synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and other musical strains has led to a signature accomplishment: developing a patented sound which blends deep scholarship with playfulness.  The live concert experience conveys a vast knowledge of the music and, perhaps more importantly, transmits black music from coastal Perú and jazz music as a way of life to its audiences.

Amidst the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s detailed fusion of Afro-Peruvian rhythms and jazz harmonies, lies a very demanding, authentic and honest interpretation.  The New York Times writes “the Sextet knows its mission well and has the execution down to a science.” “Peruvian trumpeter Gabriel Alegría champions Afro-Peruvian music,” wrote Downbeat Magazine in a prominent review, “the hip asymmetrical bass line of Alegría’s El Norte is goaded by wonderful hand percussion and stickmanship on cajita from Hugo Alcázar and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón.”   Latino Magazine described the music as “rhythm-saturated, orchestrally-enticing performances that are the definition of sonic joy” while the Wall Stree Journal echoed with “a highly sympatico blend of North American improv and South American beats.”

Support for the band in their native Perú is also significant. Dedicated “Fans & Voluntarios” sign up on each of the band’s tours to work shows, sell merchandise and participate in the band’s social outreach missions. Local media and press have followed and documented the development of the band. The country’s most important newspaper, El Comercio describes the Afro-Peruvian Sextet as “the catalyst that marks the start of Afro-Peruvian jazz music’s flight to the international stage.”

“Alegría and company are reigniting Latin jazz for present and future connoisseurs.” – Hot House

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http://www.afroperuviansextet.com/