Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from Perú, led by percussionist Hector Morales on July 27.
Through this interactive workshop, Peruvian percussionist and author of the published book/DVD “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From The Cajon To The Drum Set”, Morales, will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of Afro-Peruvian music. He will describe and perform some of the most typical styles of Afro-Peruvian musical including the festejo, lando, and zamacueca.
You can reserve your spot here. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members – but hurry because there are only 20 spots for the 7:00 pm event (and don’t worry, Morales provides the drums!)
Participants will learn about the history and see/hear demonstrations on the typical percussion instruments used in this music including the cajon (box drum), cajita (small/collection box) and quijada (donkey jaw bone).
Participants will be able to use some of these instruments and learn to play traditional rhythms. Although the focus of the workshop will be the typical percussion instruments of this music, participants also will use other percussion instruments of Afro-Caribbean origin, such as the bongos, congas and cowbells, which are also commonly used in contemporary Afro-Peruvian music.
What can an audience expect to see/experience at your event?
The audience can expect to experience Afro-Peruvian music in a very interactive way. I will introduce the audience to the main styles and percussion instruments of this fascinating musical tradition. Besides listening and learning about this unique style of music all attendees will be able to play some typical instruments as part of a percussion ensemble and learn to sing some the most famous songs/refrains of this genera. This interactive event will allow you to be part of the music making which is a characteristic of this tradition!
Tell us about you!
I started playing music one day that a musician forgot a cajon at my uncle’s house after a family party. I was still a kid but when I saw that instrument I felt immediately attracted to it. I sat on it and started to play it by ear following the beats of the Creole music the adults were listening in the radio. That day I realized I could play music! Later on, as a teenager, I met a friend that had a drum set and I fell in love with this instrument too, my friend Lucho, started to show me how to play this instrument. When I graduated from school I decided I was going to become a professional musician, I enter the National Conservatory of Music in Lima-Peru and took lessons with drummers and cajon players like Alex Sarrin and Juan Medrano Cotito. I performed all kinds of music in Lima including rock, funk, fusion, jazz and Afro-Peruvian jazz. I had the opportunity to perform with great musicians like Julio “Chocolate” Algendones (who was the first bongo player for “Peru Negro”), Jose Luis Madueño, Andres Prado, the first fusion band of Andean and Rock music from the 60’s called “El Polen” and many others.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Lima Peru in the year 1975. My early years I lived in the house of my grandparents in Pueblo Libre and then we moved to San Borja where I lived most of my life. In the year 1999, I moved to New Jersey to study Jazz at William Paterson University Jazz Program. I currently live in the town of Leonia in New Jersey.
What do you hope audiences learn/discover/feel at your event?
I hope the audience will discover the magic of the rhythms and percussion instruments of Afro-Peruvian music. I also want the audience to play and experience these instruments first hand. I think that when you have the opportunity to play an instrument, in a way, the instrument speaks to you directly. The experience of playing an instrument I think is very unique and powerful and allows you to experience music in a much more personal and deeper way.
What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?
Flushing Town Hall is a very special place for me. I have had the opportunity to perform and also lead workshops at this wonderful place before and always had incredible experiences. It is a place where the community can really experience the great cultural diversity of Queens.
What is on the horizon for you?
At the moment I am working on several projects one of them is called “What We Bring: Stories Of Migration”. This is a multimedia theater piece, which traces 5 true stories of 5 immigrant artist (including mine). This is a very exiting project because it portrays immigration from a very intimate and personal perspective, very different from the way it is currently portrait in the media by the current administration. I am also working in the recording of the first CD of Puerto Rican singer Jessica Medina which features great musicians like multi-Grammy Awarded bass player John Benitez.
What else do you want us to know about you!?
Besides being a performer, I have a great passion for education and for learning music from all cultures of the world so please feel free to bring any percussion instrument you may have from any part of the planet, I would love to have a final jam in which all instruments could be incorporated!
Here’s just a taste of what’s in store!