Shenson Faculty Concert Series: Erick Peralta, piano

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Online concerts highlighting CMC Faculty: "Bud Powell through the Afro-Cuban Perspective" with pianist Erick Peralta and friends

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The Shenson Faculty Concert Series returns this summer with free concert broadcasts spotlighting CMC talented faculty members. Each year, the Shenson Foundation sponsors four free community concerts for CMC faculty music projects to support CMC Faculty as performing artists and ensure their work on stage is shared and celebrated in our community.

This year’s presenters will highlight a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and creative inspirations, from Chopin to Chick Corea and Lotería cards to flutes of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy compelling programs of classical, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Cuban music, and more with artistic performances, composer interviews, and a chance to connect with faculty through Q&A.

Stay tuned for more concerts in the 2021 Shenson Faculty Concert Series:

June 25: Josepha Fath, violin

July 9: Elektra Schmidt, piano

July 23: Diane Grubbe, flute

August 6: Erick Peralta, piano

August 20: Charlie Gurke, saxophone

Chick Corea through the Afro-Cuban Perspective with Erick Peralta

Friday August 6, 2021 at 5:30pm (PST)


Bringing together his myriad of musical experience and influences, Erick Peralta presents a program blending American jazz and Latin traditions. The program will bring forth an Afro-Cuban/Afro-Latin perspective and interpretation of the music of iconic American jazz pianist Chick Corea: keyboardist, composer and bandleader, considered one of the most influential and beloved artists of the century.

Featuring Erick Peralta, piano/arrangements; Ernesto Mazar-Kindelan, bass; Carlos Caro, percussion; Colin Douglas, drums

This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.

About the Performers:

Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the development of music, while still keeping in mind tradition and history. From an early age, Erick was exposed to various styles of music thanks to his father, such as Latin-Pop, Afro-Peruvian, and Afro Cuban music. Classically trained from 6 years old, he began playing professionally in the year 2005, at the age of 15, then branching out in the San Francisco Bay Area with various Jazz, Rock, Latin Jazz, and Salsa groups.

Following his studies at the SF Community Music Center and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, he’s had jazz studies with late pianist Ray Santisi, Laszlo Gardony, Danilo Perez, Tia Fuller, Ed Tomassi, David Santoro, as well as with Papo Lucca from Sonora Ponceña, and Oscar Hernandez of SHO. Now a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Erick currently resides in the city of San Francisco. Past notable performances include having worked with multi-Grammy winners Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, and Susana Baca; as well has worked with artists such as Pedrito Martinez, John Santos, Juan Medrano “Cotito”, La India, Tito Nieves, Bayonics, and Grupo 5, and more.

Erick has taken part performing in various festivals and venues, such as: San Jose Jazz Festival, the Latin Grammy Awards, Fillmore Jazz Festival, the Independent, The Regency Ball Room, The Fillmore, the Blue Note Napa, San Francisco International Salsa Festival, Berklee Performance Center, Boston Convention Center, the Beantown Jazz Festival, and many more.

Along with performing, Erick works in composing and arranging in Jazz, Pop, and Latin music. Currently he is working on several projects, including his own project featuring original jazz compositions for various ensembles.

Always having been a strong advocate for music education, Erick forms part of the faculty at SF Community Music Center, as well serves as a private music teacher in his home studio, teaching piano in styles such as Jazz, Latin, R&B, and Pop, as well as music theory, composition, and arranging.

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We believe in the power of music to connect people, celebrate cultures and transform lives. Community Music Center (CMC) is a cornerstone San Francisco cultural institution and a vital hub for music education and performance anchored in the Mission District. We envision students and faculty who are engaged and fulfilled in making music together, and audiences who are energized by their experiences. Inspired by their training, our students are empowered to find their own voice, develop lasting relationships, embrace learning, and give back to their communities.

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