Gabriel Alegría Jazz Ensemble
Presents “Diablo en Brooklyn”
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
4:30–7 p.m. Collaborative dinner,
Wasser Brewing Company
7:30–9 p.m. - Concert, GCPA Kresge

Described as “the definition of sonic joy” by Latino Magazine, this high-voltage ensemble’s inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music, transformed by Gabriel Alegría’s personal synthesis of folkloric rhythms and jazz, has led to a signature accomplishment: developing the band’s patented blend of deep scholarship and playfulness into an experience that conveys black music from coastal Perú as a way of life to its audiences. For this performance, part of the ensemble’s Diablo en Brooklyn CD release, a lively company of Afro-Peruvian dancers will join Alegría on Kresge stage.

Chow Downtown
Start this Latin American evening off with a special Peruvian-inspired menu by Wasser Brewing Company, 102 E. Franklin (Reservations suggested: 844-WASSER-1).

Here's what's for dinner:

About the Artists
The Latin Jazz Network described the band in this way: “Every once in a while there comes a musician who, when playing his or her chosen instrument, seems to carry within a vital life-force that is irrepressible.

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.” 

Photo credit: Photo by Bex Wade
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