509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Gabriel Alegria & the Afro-Peruvian Sextet with special guests Arturo O’Farrill and members of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Another show Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 4pm!
Diablo en Brooklyn: Celebrating a Growing Cultural Diversity
Inspired by the cultural and ethnic diversity of Peruvian composer Gabriel Alegria’s adopted neighborhood of Coney Island, Diablo en Brooklyn mixes multi-cultural and multi-ethnic elements from tap dance and modern choreography with the masked tradition of the “Son de los Diablos,” an early 19th century cultural development of African rhythms from the western coast of Perú, intermingling with to the diverse sounds emanating from the “speakers on wheels” South Brooklyn residents roll out to street corners every summer.
Diablo en Brooklyn is also the name of the new album by Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet and the group’s first recording made entirely in Perú. The upcoming live presentation at Roulette in Brooklyn offer’s the New York debut of the album’s Brooklyn Suite and consists of a dance and musical performance interweaving complex percussive Afro-Peruvian polyrhythms with Afro Latin Jazz. The percussionists and dancers utilize the quijada (jaw-bone of a donkey), the Peruvian cajón (box drum) and the choreography includes passages of zapateo dancing.
Doubling as the album release celebration, these engagements bring together Peruvian dancers with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet, constituted by trumpeter Alegría with saxophonist Rafael “Fusa” Miranda, percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, bassist Mario Cuba, and guitarist Mark Sundermeyer, joining pianist Arturo O’Farrill and from the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, drummer Vince Cherico, trombonist Rafi Malkiel and on baritone sax Larry Bustamante. It also features direct from Lima, dancers Graciela Bramón, Javier Barrera, and Wendy Cotito, with choreography by Antonio Vilchez.