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Date: January 24, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Feature Jazz by Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Gabriel Alegría to Lead Sextet in Concert at Rockville Campus on Feb. 11

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Montgomery College will feature a jazz concert by Gabriel Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet on Sunday, February 11 at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at the College’s Theatre Arts Arena, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. Free and open to the public, this concert is part of the Montgomery College Jazz and Jazz Heritage series sponsored by the College’s Arts Institute.

The sounds of black coastal Peru are the foundation for Gabriel Alegría’s music—Afro-Peruvian jazz—which blends African roots and the spirit of the blues. Alegría sees this “fusion” as natural, creating music “unlike any other jazz-inflected sound in the world.”

The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet uses authentic Peruvian instruments, such as the cajita, quijada, and cajón, to create driving rhythms. A native of Lima, Peru, Gabriel Alegría studied music in New York City and has a master’s degree in jazz music. After graduation, he focused on combining his love of the trumpet with a passion for the music from the coast of Peru. In 2000, he founded La Asociación Internacional Jazz Peru (AIJP), now considered Peru’s premiere jazz arts and education organization. AIJP Records released Alegría’s album “Un Rezo,” featuring master drummer Hugo Alcázar, in 2002. Alegría’s second album, “One World (not three),” will be released soon.

As a trumpet player, Alegría has performed or recorded with Placido Domingo, Maria Schneider, Bill Watrous, the Lima Philharmonic, the Peruvian National Symphony, and John Benitez. In 2005, he conducted and recorded Didier Lockwood’s Afro-Peruvian jazz opera “Libertad,” which was commissioned by Radio France and Opera Montpellier.

For more information about the concert, contact Alvin Trask, Montgomery College professor of music, at 301-251-7551.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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