Erie Art Museum Presents Afro-Peruvian Jazz Concert

The Erie Art Museum hosts Gabriel Alegría‘s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 State. Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation.

Erie, PA, April 28, 2010 --( Erie will get a special chance to hear the newest jazz voice to come from Latin America on Friday, May 7th at 8pm. Gabriel Alegría‘s Afro-Peruvian Sextet will perform at the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 State. Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation.

Gabriel Alegría spins a unique form of world jazz. A native of Peru, he is highly influenced by both American jazz and the African roots music of his Peru’s coast and his music is a fusion of contemporary jazz informed by ancient rhythms. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both music al styles he has created a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz sound. Alegría is touring throughout the USA with his sextet featuring saxophonist Laurandrea Leguía; acoustic guitarist Yuri Juárez; bassist Ramón De Bruyn, drummer Hugo Alcázar and master percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, who plays the traditional Afro-Peruvian instruments cajón (box drum) and quijada (jaw bone) and adds spectacular passages of zapateo dancing to each performance. Alegría has had a significant presence on North American Radio for the past year and his recordings reached the top of the 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.

In conjunction with the Sextet’s residence in Erie from May 5-May 7, the group will host several workshops, collaborating with the Erie Art Museum Education Department. On Thursday, May 6th 100 third-graders from McKinley Elementary are scheduled to tour the Annual Spring Show, do an art-making activity, and work with the Gabriel Alegría sextet from 11:45am – 1:45pm.

On May 7 at 10 a.m., the Museum’s preschool program, First Fridays, will take 3-6 year-olds and their parents on an exploration of jazz and modern art with the Sextet. Participants will discover how one can “see” music and “hear” a painting.

About the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series
Celebrating over 20 years of great music, the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series is a highly regarded performance series that includes some of the most creative, adventurous and accomplished musicians of our era. The Erie Art Museum brings exciting new music from nationally and internationally renowned artists to Erie each year, encompassing a wide variety of jazz, blues and world music.

The Contemporary Music Series is sponsored by Connoisseur Media.

For additional information, call (814) 459-5477 or visit

Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller