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The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet “Vinyl Release Party”

June 17 | Set Times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm

| Doors: 7:00 pm
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Gabriel Alegría, trumpet & flugel horn
Laura Andrea Leguía, saxophones
Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, cajón, quijada & cajita
Yuri Juárez, acoustic guitar
Mario Cuba, double bass
Ari Hoenig, drums

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

“Dynamic ensemble explores the affinities between modern jazz and the Afro-Latin continuum in Perú.” – The New York Times

“to be loved by progressives and block-party dancers alike.” – Downbeat

“a well conceived and perfectly executed celebration of culture through music.” – The New York City Jazz Record

“rhythm-saturated, orchestrally-enticing performances that are the definition of sonic joy.” – Latino Magazine

“the visceral excitement is as palpable as the listener’s own racing heartbeat” – The Latin Jazz Network

“melodies infused with kaleidoscopic and percolating rhythms” – Keersman Review

HOT HOUSE Magazine, people’s choice “Band of the Year” award

NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD’S 2015 “Latin Jazz Album of the Year” award

“The Sextet knows its mission well, and has the execution down to a science.” – The New York Times

“A Band whose time has come to shine like no other.” – The Latin Jazz Network

“The sextet should satisfy the most discriminating Latin jazz lover.” – Critical Jazz

“A fascinating project!” – El Nuevo Día

“The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” – Rifftides

“a highly sympatico blend of North American improv and South American beats.” – The Wall Street Journal

“deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” – Hartford Advocate

“The group sounds ecstatic. Feeling and knowledge comes through.” – DOWNBEAT

“The sextet gels at every turn, crackling with interactive energy.” – The Latin Jazz Corner

“Exotica to the max and righteous throughout.” – Midwest Record

“On his sharp new album Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru.” – The New York Times

“a fascinating glimpse into how jazz is fusing with regional music around the world” – LA Weekly

“Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” – All About Jazz

“Nuevo Mundo should be the catalyst that marks the start of Afro-Peruvian jazz music’s flight to the international stage.” – El Comercio

“Every once in awhile there comes a musician who, when playing his or her chosen instrument, seems to carry within a vital life-force that is irrepressible.” – Latin Jazz Network

http://www.afroperuviansextet.com/