Brubeck Institute Presents Afro-Peruvian Jazz Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria and Un Rezo 1/25/2005


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The Brubeck Institute and University of the Pacific present: Gabriel Alegria and Un Rezo University of the Pacific Faye Spanos Concert Hall Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 7:30 PM 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA (Corner of Pacific Ave and Dave Brubeck Way)

$10 general admission, $5 students and seniors TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

For more information, call 209-946-3113 or visit us on the web at www.brubeckinstitute.org

Dear Friends of the Brubeck Institute:

The Brubeck Institute and University of the Pacific are proud to present Peruvian jazz trumpeter Gabriel Alegria and Un Rezo, bringing the distinct sound of Afro-Peruvian jazz to the Central Valley. The concert will be held at the University of the Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 general, and $5 for students and seniors. The tour is sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and the International Association for Jazz Education and features Hugo Alcázar on drums, Freddy Lobatón on percussion and zapateo, Alexis Tamayo on bass, Valentín Carranza on guitar, Laurandrea Leguía on saxophone and Gabriel Alegria on trumpet.

Gabriel Alegría was born in Lima, Perú in 1970, and is one of the most important contemporary figures in the jazz music scene in Latin America. After receiving his Masters degree in the United States, Mr. Alegría combined his personal approach to the trumpet with a passionate interest in the music of the coast of Perú and founded La Asociación Internacional Jazz Perú (AIJP), Peru's premier jazz arts and education organization. He made a personal project of promoting school-aged jazz musicians and developed Afro-Peruvian jazz music by instituting a formal concert series in Lima. Mr. Alegría is also the artistic director for Festival Jazz en Lima, Peru's largest annual jazz festival, and is designed to foster creative and cultural exchange between artists through a residency program. In 2002, AIJP Records released Un Rezo, featuring master drummer Hugo Alcázar, placing many of the Afro-Peruvian rhythmic concepts solidly into the mainstream jazz language for the first time, and has been compared to the Brazilian and Cuban music that influenced American jazz throughout the 20th century. On this recording, the rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in the context of contemporary jazz expression.

Alegria's most recent and varied performance credits as a trumpet player include soloist appearances and/or recordings with Placido Domingo, the Lima Philharmonic, The Peruvian National Symphony, John Benitez, Bill Watrous, John Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Alex Acuña, Andres Prado, Ann Patterson as well as concerts for the United Nations in New York City. In 2003 Mr. Alegría conducted and recorded Didier Lockwood's Afro-Peruvian jazz opera Libertad commissioned by Radio France and Opera Montpellier. For more information about Gabriel Alegria, please visit www.jazzperu.org.

The Brubeck Institute is a component of the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, Dave Brubeck's alma mater. Through its nationally prominent programs in Performance, Composition, Music History, Music Education, Music Therapy and Music Management, the Conservatory has offered educational opportunities of the highest quality to students from the state, region, nation, and beyond for well over a century. Its mission is to teach, present performance, conduct research, foster creative activity, and provide service to the professional and lay communities. The Brubeck Institute strives not only to assist in the musical and overall intellectual development of its students, but to foster communications and critical thinking skills that prepare Brubeck Fellows to take a leadership role in developing artists and audiences for the future. For more information about the Brubeck Institute and updated press and media about the Sextet, please visit http://www.brubeckinstitute.com/news_events.asp


For more information, bios and high-resolution photographs please contact: Timothy Orr, Associate Director, The Brubeck Institute Phone: (209) 946-3196 Fax: (209) 946-2770 Email: torr@pacific.edu Website: www.brubeckinstitute.org

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