Concerts in the Courtyard with Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
The "Concerts In The Courtyard" series is held in the East Brunswick Municipal Courtyard, between the library and the township building. Concertgoers are advised to bring something to sit on, like beach chairs or a blanket. If there is inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the meeting rooms.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.
This event is co-hosted by the East Brunswick Arts Commission.
The Afro-Peruvian Sextet was established in 2005.
The ensemble’s insistently inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music transformed by Gabriel Alegría’s highly personal synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and other musical strains has led to a signature accomplishment: developing the band’s patented blend of deep scholarship and playfulness into a touring experience that conveys a vast knowledge of the music and, perhaps more importantly, transmits black music from coastal Perú as a way of life to its audiences.
Amidst the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s detailed fusion of Afro-Peruvian rhythms and jazz harmonies, lies a very demanding, authentic and honest interpretation.
The New York Times calls the Sextet "a kinetic and rhythmically astute band mixing Afro-Peruvian musical traditions with steamy jazz improvising.”
The band's goal is to capture a listener's heart and imagination for life.