Explore Afro-Peruvian Music With A Master: Juan Medrano “Cotito” Workshop

by chip on September 9, 2008

Cajon master Juan Medrano “Cotito” will be holding a master class in Peruvian rhythms this Wednesday in New York City. He’ll be covering festejo, zamacueca, lando, and more; it’ll be a full introduction into Afro-Peruvian music. We recently covered Cotito as part of guitarist Eric Kurimski’s album Réplica; his playing helps shapes the album’s rhythmic content – it’s a pretty incredible recording. In addition, Cotito has performed with some of the most important musicians in Afro-Peruvian music, including vocalist Susana Baca. Catch some of that magic at Cotito’s workshop this Wednesday

Juan Medrano “Cotito” Peruvian Percussion Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday September 10th
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
for more information call (617) 935-1691

As of Tuesday Sept. 9, the location of the workshop has been changed. If you are planning on checking out the workshop, it will be held here:

30-01 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

This is a good thing – the workshop is being moved to a larger location due to an expected large audience. Don’t miss this one – if you go, send me an e-mail, I’d love to hear about it!

The Latin Jazz world has changed drastically over the past few years, including a variety of styles, including Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Modern Latin Jazz musicians need the ability to move between Cuban, Brazilian, Peruvian, Argentinean, Columbian rhythms, and more. For many years musicians worked diligently to master Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, and now these styles present a new challenge. This is a great opportunity for Latin Jazz musicians looking to expand their artistic horizons into this new frontier.

For a quick look at Cotito’s work, here’s a performance with guitarist Victor Felix. Enjoy!

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