San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Direct from Perú, Afro-Peruvian guitar master Coco Linares and guest artists Marina Lavalle, Braulio Barrera and Pedro Rosales present an evening of traditional music.
Afro-Peruvian guitar master Coco Linares teams up with top Peruvian artists to present an evening of songs and dances from Peru.
Afro-Peruvian singer Marina Lavalle is one of the most distinctive performers in the Bay Area and one of the great voices of modern Peruvian music. An important figure in the resurgence of Afro-Peruvian music, Marina nurtures a carefully crafted blend of contemporary and traditional sounds. Accompanied by guitar, base and Peruvian cajón, she renders a soulful and vibrant interpretation of an array of rhythms in her musical heritage such as Landó, Festejo, and Zamacueca, just to name a few.
Braulio Barrera is a singer, composer, dancer and percussionist. At a young age he discovered his passion for music. He taught himself how to play various percussion instruments, such as the cajon, bongo, congas, and other African drums. He has composed jingles for various Peruvian commercials and joined Acuarela Criolla (1992-1996) a musical group and percussion school inspired on Peruvian Cajon experts Eusebio Sirio Pititi and Ronny Campos. He became part of Peruvian singer Cecilia Barraza's ensemble, where he traveled throughout Europe, Costa Rica, and the U.S. Since moving to the U.S. in 2000, he has performed and played for various Peruvian dance companies and Salsa bands. In 2004, Braulio contributed to the Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack and in 2007 he performed salsa for NBC's trailer, Cane.
Pedro Rosales co-found with pianist Jorge Molina the experimental ensemble "Malambo Kombo" mixing Afro-Peruvian elements with Rock and Jazz. From 1992 to 1995 he also played for the Brazilian ensemble "Fogo Na Roupa". During this time he performed playing bongos and singing chorus with several Salsa bands in the Bay Area, such as "Sangre Latina", "Bacan" and "La Verdad". In 1995 Pedro Rosales co-founded Cultural Association "De Rompe y Raja" with choreographer Gabriela Shiroma, guitar player Carlos Pastor & vocalist Juan Cuba.
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La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.