Music & Events

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Erie Art Museum, April 14, 7 p.m.

Gabriel Alegria                    afro-Peruvian SextetErie Art Museum Presents Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet

The Erie Art Museum presents the newest jazz voice to come from Latin America: the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Fusing contemporary American jazz with the ancient rhythms of his native Peru, Gabriel Alegría will bring his unique form of world jazz to the Museum’s stage on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30.  Tickets $20, can be purchased online at erieartmuseum.org or at the door.

One of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, Gabriel Alegría 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. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in contemporary jazz context. In all of Alegría’s work, a cross-cultural exchange between the Americas is always present, carefully defining Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest voice to come from Latin America.

Most recently, Gabriel completed the groundbreaking “Tour Perú,” a new model in touring that included fans that accompanied the Afro-Peruvian Sextet through Perú. 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 400 concerts and master classes throughout North America. During the course of a career that has spanned the globe, Alegría has appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Arturo O’Farrill, Maria Schneider, Placido Domingo, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, The Peruvian National Symphony, Bill Watrous, Russ Ferrante and Alex Acuña.

Algería has had a significant presence on North American Radio and his recordings reached the top of Jazz Week World Music Charts and CMJ Jazz Charts. Alegría successfully presents a true cross-cultural exchange between the Americas, and he has been lauded on both continents as the newest and freshest voice to come from Latin America. Currently Associate Director of Jazz Studies at New York University, Alegría 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. His knowledge of Afro-Peruvian music is the result of fieldwork and time spent at home in Perú learning the art form’s greatest exponents.

Gabriel Alegría & the Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
$20 per person, purchase tickets online or at Erie Art Museum
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March 18, 2015