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Free Concert/Workshop Afro-Peruvian Music at Bowdoin College Oct 22, 2012‏‏

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Free Concert/Workshop Presenting the First Instructional Book/DVD in Afro-Peruvian Percussion at Bowdoin College

On October 22nd, 2012 at 7:30pm the Bowdoin College Department of Music will present Hector Morales an¬¬¬d the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble at the Studzinski Recital Hall. The concert/workshop will be offered free of charge to students and to the general public, and will follow the methodology presented in the instructional book and DVD “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From the Cajon to the Drum Set”. Peruvian percussionist and the book’s author, Hector Morales, will direct the concert accompanied by “The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble,” that recorded the DVD that comes along with the book. The ensemble is composed of: Peruvian Grammy awarded Oscar Stagnaro, former “Peru Negro” musicians: Mariela Valencia, Marcos Napa, Hector Ferreyra and special guests Yuri Juarez on Guitar and Ali Bello on Violin.

Guests will not only have the opportunity to attend a Free concert and workshop given by top musicians in the field of Afro-Peruvian music, but also to buy the instructional book and DVD at a 25 % discount. This book is the first of its kind and will be published by Sher Music Co.

According to Hector Morales: “Afro-Peruvian music has generally been limited to those who have learned it by oral tradition. An integral instructional book containing music history, video examples and complete music charts using western notation on Afro-Peruvian percussion did not exist until now. This book is aimed to help musicians around the world to understand and incorporate this tradition in their musical practices. I am confident that introducing Afro-Peruvian music into the main stream of professional music education in this country will ignite a new and exciting cultural dialog between American and Latino cultures and will add diversity and richness to the core of Jazz and Latin music studies.” The author has been awarded a grant from NALAC Funds for the Arts for the diffusion of this project.

This event is brought to you in participation with Peru’s state brand: MARCA PERU and with the collaboration of Pachamama Peruvian Arts. This concert/workshop is the first of the 2012 tour which will be followed by performances on October 23rd at Berklee College of Music in Boston and on November 1st at William Paterson University in New Jersey. This event is supported in part by NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Fund for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and Southwest Airlines.

Some Reviews…

“…the most extensive book on Peruvian percussion to date. This book/DVD package is a goldmine of information on Peruvian, music and percussion”
– Mark Walker
Drummer with Paquito D’Rivera, Oregon, author of “World Jazz Drumming”(Hal Leonard) and Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music

“Hector has found a perfect methodological language where any musician in the world can identify or be identified with the Afro-Peruvian rhythms… ”
– Juan Medrano Cotito
Cajon Player with “Susana Baca” and “La Voz del Cajon”

When: October 22nd, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 04011