Juan Medrano Cotito is the internationally renowned Afro-Peruvian musician and ambassador of the cajón. During his time with Susana Baca’s group they won a Latin Grammy which propelled Afro-Peruvian music to the world music stage. His work with the Grammy nominated band Novalima, which mixes Afro-Peruvian music with electronic music, has broken new ground and raised awareness of Peruvian music in even wider circles. In Peru he has been awarded the Meritorious Figure of Peruvian Culture award by the Peruvian government and he has been cultivating communities of Afro-Peruvian music at home and abroad.
Eric Kurimski/ Guitar Benjamin Wills / Bass Juan Medrano “Cotito” / Cajon
JUAN MEDRANO “COTITO” at Terraza 7 on Thursday October 15th, 2015 at 9:00 pm. $10 Cover Charge for Mezzanine
AFRO-PERUVIAN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP:
by Juan Medrano “COTITO” at Terraza 7 on Thursday October 15th, 2015 from 7:00 pm. to 9:pm Cost: $25
In his Afro-Peruvian percussion workshop, Juan Medrano Cotito focuses on the three fundamental rhythms of Lando, Festejo and Zamacueca. The foundation of each rhythm on cajon is presented in a way which is very accessible to beginners but also contains seeds of exploration for more experienced players. Once the students have been sufficiently familiarized with the rhythms they will learn the basics of how each of the traditional auxiliary instruments such as the quijada, cajita and campana fit elegantly into the cajon patterns. Questions are welcome throughout the workshop and focus is also given on the students exploring their own voice on the instrument. Cajon – fundamental resonating box instrument of Afro-Peruvian music. Cajita – small wooden box with a hinged lid that is hit with a stick. Quijada – desiccated donkey jaw-bone. Campana – iron cow-bell.