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Tutuma Social Club · Afro-Peruvian Jazz in NYC

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According to theperuguide.com “Peñas are music clubs that offer folkloric music shows, in particular Afro Peruvian and Criollo gigs. In these upbeat venues you usually eat criollo fare, listen to the music, and have lots of fun -everything seasoned with generous quantities of beer and pisco sour. Eventually, inspired by the friendly atmosphere and the cheerful rhythm of Afro Peruvian music, you will probably end up dancing all night long.”

Modeled after the popular Peruvian “peñas” Tutuma Social Club is the first Afro-Peruvian jazz venue in New York City. New York restaurateur and owner of Tutuma, Santina Matwey, got inspired after a trip -tour peru- organized by Gabriel Alegria, who -as Artistic Director of Tutuma- is in charge of the musical programming. The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet performs regularly, as well as many great artists who are presently taking the Afro-Peruvian tradition to new heights.

I was at Tutuma during the opening week in mid-june, and I caught Gabriel Alegria performing in this hip new venue, which offers not to charge its patrons ever for live music. One way Tutuma intends to achieve this goal is by inviting their customers to become VIP members for a very low fee. So, get ready to taste the exciting flavors of Peruvian cuisine, while experiencing first-class talent. Head up to Tutuma Social Club and fall under the Afro-Peruvian spell.

Danilo Navas

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Stefano Bollani Trio At Koerner Hall

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Stefano Bollano Trio

TD Jazz · The Art of the Trio Concert Series

The Royal Conservatory of Music featured the Stefano Bollani Trio & the Roberto Occhipinti Trio on the evening of November 18, 2016, at the magnificent Koerner Hall in Toronto. This was the second concert in the series celebrating the trio, which is one of the most enduring formats in jazz. As every concert on this series, one international artist (Bollani) and one Canadian trio (Occhipinti) were presented on the same evening.

Stefano Bollano Trio

Roberto Occhipinti, one of Canada’s premier bassists, a five-time Juno Award nominated musician who is equally at home playing classical music as well as jazz and world music, opened the concert, joined by a powerful duo of Cuban-American artists, pianist Manuel Valera and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. They opened their set with a fitting tribute to pianist Keith Jarrett entitled ‘Umbria’, and continued with several songs (‘Dom de Iludir’, ‘Que Bolá’) from Roberto’s new album Stabilimento.

Stefano Bollani was joined by Jesper Bodilsen on bass and Morten Lund on drums. A great entertainer with a contagious sense of humour, Bollani is the embodiment of artistic elegance and true showmanship. A charismatic leader who conducts his musicians (in this case a trio) with flair and exuding energy, Bollani plays the piano as a river flows on a quiet valley. His musical ideas are like a continuous lyrical flow that touches the audiences with a full range of emotions.

Photos of Stefano Bollani Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
Photos of Roberto Occhipinti Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
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