Friday, Oct 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Monterey Park, California 91754
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PERUJAZZ @ ELAC FIRST FRIDAY JAZZ SERIES
with Jean Pierre Magnet & Manongo Mujica
Perujazz is undoubtedly the most stimulating band to come out of Peru over the last few decades. Their work creating, researching, and disseminating Peruvian rhythms fused with contemporary jazz has won them prestige and international acclaim. All of the members of the band are creators and pioneers of a new type of music that coherently and innovatively integrates the traditional musical roots from the coast, the highlands, and the jungle of Peru with masterly improvisations. Traditional instruments such as the quena, the zampoña, the cajon, the bongo, and ritual seed pods are combined (without losing their purity) with a tenor sax, an electric bass, an electro-acoustic guitar and drums, and harmonized with synthesized electronic sound and effects. Perujazz reflects, in this fashion, a new image of contemporary Peru: ethnic roots blended with contemporary technique – the ‘primitive' with the sophisticated. The music of Perujazz takes us on an intense trip through the diverse landscapes of Peru, and as we listen to it we are hearing the birth of a new sound, that corresponds to today's Peru, a country whose age-old essence and cultural tradition are like the music of Perujazz, a universal language accessible to everyone.