In 2008, the Latin Jazz Network described trumpeter Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian Sextet in this way: "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." And last year, in reviewing this ensemble's CD Ciudad de los Reyes, Latin Jazz Network described the Sextet as an "ensemble that mixes music like a mythical painter daubing a mystical canvas with the vivid colours."
Having heard this great ensemble several times since 2006 (all brought to Rochester by Exodus to Jazz), I must agree. You start out the first time with the question "Afro-Peruvian jazz?" and before long know the answer. Yes! The group plays an infectious blend of the rhythms and African-influenced coastal music of Alegria's native Peru with modern jazz that is complex but can compel your feet to move irrespective of the placement of your posterior.
Exodus to Jazz is bringing Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian Sextet to the Performance Hall at Hochstein School of Music this coming Friday, April 11th at 8:00 pm. Here's the skinny on when and what:
- Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester, NY 14614
- When to Get There: Music starts at 8:00 pm with the doors open at 7:00 pm. There will be 2 1-hour sets with a 20-minute intermission
- Tickets: You can pick up before before the show at Brownpapertickets.com at the following prices: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25. At the door tickets will be priced at Patron - $43; Premium - $33; General Admission - $28 Student - $15