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La Voz del Cajon, el Bajo y el Trombón
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Oakland, CA
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La Voz del Cajon, el Bajo y el Trombón
La Voz del Cajon, el Bajo y el Trombón brings together three of the world's finest musicians:  Juan Medrano Cotito, Afro-Peruvian Master Percussionist  and Bay Area-based bassist, also from Peru, David Pinto and internationally acclaimed New York-based trombonist, Steve Turre. They will perform originals compositions , Classic Afro-Peruvian Tunes & Afro-Peruvian Rythms mixed with jazz standards.  

The Afro-Peruvian dance troupe, Cunamacue, will round out this evening of celebration, song and dance by presenting some of the popular Afro-Peruvian folkloric dances such as "festejo" and "zamacueca."

When: Friday, August 3
Time: 8 & 10pm
Location: Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
When: Friday, August 3
Time: 8 & 10pm
Location: Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Price: 8pm $35; 10pm $25

SPECIAL OFFER Thru July 31, 2012
First 50 Save $10 8pm $25/ 10pm $15
Price: 8pm $35;$32 (Group) 10pm $25;$22 (Group)
Group Discount (10 tix): Save $3 per entry 8pm$320/10pm $220

Juan Medrano Cotito, an outstanding musician internationally recognized as one of the living masters of the Cajon.  He recently was awarded Peru's equivalent of the Kennedy Center Honors. In Peru, Cotito was honored by the Ministry of Culture for his artistry and contribution to the preservation and recognition of Afro-Peruvian culture and its importance to the cultural life of Peru.

Cotito's   sound is instantly recognizable, whether heard in the context of music from his homeland Peru, jazz or electronic and world music. The pulsating and intoxicating rhythms that Cotito creates on the cajón  an instrument which is nothing more than a humble box - is truly extraordinary.

Cotito has worked along with Susana Baca since 1985.  He figures greatly on the album "Lamento Negro" which received the latin-grammy award for best Folk Album in 2002.

For over 20 years, Cotito has been touring and giving concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Cotito is also an educator and has given master classes in Europe, and in the United States.   He is Professor of music at the prestigious Catholic University in Lima, Peru.   He also mentors musicians and academics who have come to Peru from all over the world, helping them catalogue and document the history and music from Peru.  He has worked closely with ethnomusicologists Heidi Feldman and Javier Leon.

His discography includes recordings with Susana Baca, Richie Zellon, Nova- Lima, Pilar de la Hoz, Chichi Glass, Sofia Koutsovitis, Eric Kurimski, and Damaris. He has been the focus of many documentaries on the Cajon such as "Las Manos de Dios", "El Cajón con Alma Negra" and "Los Caminos del Cajón".  He has recently released his first solo álbum "La voz del Cajon" which includes original compositions and musical sounds from the African Diaspora of the Americas.

Also a composer, among the songs he has written, sung by many renowned singers, features as most popular:   Se me van los pies, Tarumbero, La voz del Cajon, and others.

He is member of the electronic music group Nova lima who's recently returned from a successful tour in the United States and Europe.Nomitaded and Latin Grammy 2009

Steve Turre, trombone/shells
One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre.

In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced hum to the seashell as an instrument. Soon after that, while touring in Mexico City with Woody Shaw, Turre's relatives informed him that his ancestors similarly played the shells. Since then, Turre has incorporated seashells into his diverse musical style.

In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre leads several different ensembles. Sanctified Shells utilizes the seashell in a larger context, transforming his horn section into a "shell choir". Turre's Spring 1999 Verve release, Lotus Flower, showcases his Sextet With Strings. The recording explores many great standards and original compositions arranged by Turre for a unique instrumentation of trombone and shells, violin, cello, piano, bass and drums. Turre's quartet and quintet provide a setting based in tradition and stretching the limits conceptually and stylistically. In the Summer of 2000, Telarc released In The Spur of the Moment. This recording features Steve with three different quartets, each with a different and distinct master pianist: Ray Charles, Chucho Valdes, and Stephen Scott.

Turre's self-titled Verve release pioneers a unique artistic vision, drawing upon jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian sources. This innovative recording also features Cassandra Wilson, Randy Brecker, Graciela, Mongo Santamaria and J.J. Johnson. Previously Turre recorded Right There and Rhythm Within, featuring Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Pharoah Sanders, and Sanctified Shells, on Verve's subsidiary label, Antilles.

Steve Turre continually evolves as a musician and arranger. He has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future.

David Pinto, bass
David Pinto (Bass)B.S. in Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Callao, Lima, Peru. Best-known for his work with Afro-Peruvian diva Susana Baca (Grammy award 2002) as bassist, arranger and music director; performed internationally in over 700 world and jazz music festivals; formerly a member of Perujazz, one of the most innovative music groups in the fusion of Peruvian rhythms and jazz. Now a Bay Area resident, he leads his personal project, David Pinto & Syncophated Colours.

Pinto has performed or recorded with: Olga Guillot, Armando Manzanero, Alex Acuña, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), David Byrne, John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Marc Ribot (Cubanos Postizos), Arturo Sandoval, Compay Segundo,  Zamfir, Justo Almario, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Luis Aguile, Palito Ortega, Los 5 Latinos, Leo Dan and many others.

Cunamacué's mission is to promote the continuity of Afro-Peruvian culture, representing it not as a point in time, but as a living, vibrant and evolving form whose music and dance can be used as a means of expression.  A reflection of its new environment, the San Francisco Bay Area, Cunamacué uses Afro-Peruvian movement vocabulary as well as movements inspired by modern dance aesthetics and dances of the African Diaspora to communicate themes that are universal to the human experience.  Cunamacué is dedicated to sharing Afro-Peruvian dance with the community through performances, school residencies, and youth programs.

The concert is a benefit for the Oakland Public Conservatory's Youth Programs.



Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (View)
1616 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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