“The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble” makes every performance an unforgettable live experience. It celebrates a unique heritage and gets everyone up on their feet and in love with this music! The ensemble’s repertoire includes uplifting festejos and zamacuecas, dazzling Peruvian waltzes and sensual landos, as well as the“contrapunto de cajones” (box drums solos) and “contrapunto de Zapateo” (tap dancing competition), classics of the Afro-Peruvian folklore rarely seen in the US.
“…a superb group of authoritative musicians… Illuminating and joyful” – Jeff Potter-Modern Drummer Magazine
DATE: FRI | JULY 27 | 7-9 PM | WORKSHOP
Through this interactive workshop, Peruvian percussionist and author of the published book/DVD “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From The Cajón To The Drum Set”, Hector Morales, will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of Afro-Peruvian music. Mr. Morales will describe and perform some of the most typical styles of Afro-Peruvian musical including the festejo, lando, and zamacueca.
As we learn to play as an ensemble some of these Afro-Peruvian rhythms, participants will understand how some of the basic elements of West African music are also present in this tradition like for example the extensive use of call and response, the use of layers of rhythms and tones to create rich sonic textures, the use of polyrhythm, improvisation and the close connection between music and dance. Also in order to deepen our experience in this unique tradition, we will learn to sing some chorus and refrains of popular songs of the Afro-Peruvian repertoire. This is a very important role a percussionist needs to fulfill as a member of an Afro-Peruvian ensemble. These songs are not only a lot of fun to sing, but also help us understand in an organic way the nuances and unique flavor of Afro-Peruvian culture.
Drummer and percussionist, Hector Morales has combined live national and international performance for the past 15 years with his work as a teaching artist in the Tri-State area. Mr. Morales is the author of the “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble” - Instructional book/DVD published by Sher Music Co, and was nominated in the “Best Educational Book of 2014” category by Modern Drummer Magazine. He has also been the recipient of a grant from NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) and sponsorship from the Peruvian Government to promote his book within universities in the US. As an educator, Morales was granted the “2015 Artist of The Year Award” by Young Audiences. He currently works for wonderful arts organizations in the Tri-State area including Marquis Studios, City Lore, Young Audiences and Park Avenue Armory among others. His credits also include leading professional developments to music educators in conferences such as Face to Face (leading the arts-in-education conference in NYC), The New Jersey Music Educators State Conference presented by MENC and CLAEM (Latin American Music Schools Congress, Colombia 2013). Morales has performed on international stages as the Lincoln Center (US), Smithsonian Folk Festival (US), The National Museum of Peru (Peru), the "Society of Musicians and Composers of Chile" (Chile), "Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal" (Canada), Jerusalem Music Festival (Israel), among others. Morales currently perform with influential ensembles of the Afro-Peruvian Jazz scene including Yuri Juarez Afroperuano Group, Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet and The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble (directed by Morales). He has also performed with distinguished musicians such as legendary maestros of the Peruvian guitar, Carlos Hayre, and Oscar Aviles, as well as Grammy awarded bass players, John Benitez and Oscar Stagnaro.