Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 6-8:30pm will continue our music series held at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company Prepared Food Annex (The Annex) – “The Annex Sessions”
Boricua Soul: The Creole Music of Puerto Rico
This talented and dynamic trio brings to life the soulful música criolla of Puerto Rico, highlighting the color and range of the cuatro puertorriqueño, Puerto Rico’s national instrument, and the cadence and elegance of the décima, the ancestral poetic form at the core of the Island’s creole musical traditions.
Pedro Pastrana – cuatro
A music creator re-thinking the concept of Puerto Rican music, Pedro crosses over invisible frontiers with an (extra)ordinary approach to music. He aims at fusing the earthy quality of folk music with forward looking compositions and live performances, reflecting the mixed identities of his heritage and influences.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Pedro José Pastrana grew up in the “jíbaro” music tradition and surrounded by the vocabulary of other popular sounds. His work has been reviewed and play-listed by LatinJazzNet, KCSM Jazz, Puerto Rico Jazz and PRPop. As a sideman Pedro has redefined the versatility of the Puerto Rican Cuatro in Latin Jazz by performing and recording with artists like John Santos, Barrio Manouche, Jerry Medina, Juango Gutierrez, Orestes Vilató, Atabal, Gary Nuñez, Andy Montañez, among others.
His 2022 debut album, “Crónicas de la Pierna Inquieta”, selected by prpop.org among the top 20 best recordings of that year, consists of eight original tracks, serving as snapshots of self-discovery, inspired by the coming of age events of the past 13 years. This work combines incisive, Cuatro generated groove based songwriting with the sounds of Puerto Rico as the color palette.
Héctor Lugo – vocals and percussion
Héctor Lugo is a percussionist, singer, songwriter, and educator. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up immersed in the creole musical culture of Puerto Rico and the the Latin-Caribbean. He has recorded and performed in stages across the world with artists such as Louie Romero y su Grupo Mazacote, the late great Luis Daniel “Chichito” Cepeda and his Los Cepeda Ensemble, Bobby Céspedes and Conjunto Céspedes, Modesto Cepeda and Cimiento de Puerto Rico, salsa legend Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Larry Vuckovich Jazz-Latin Quartet, The John Santos Sextet, Gilberto Gutierrez y Mono Blanco, and Román “Ito” Carrillo and Herencia de los Carrillo, to name a few. His compositions and arrangements have been featured in the acclaimed compilation “Salsa de la Bahía,” vol. 2 (Patois Records, 2015), the documentary film “Dolores,” about the life and work of the great labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huertas, and in La Mixta Criolla’s album “AfroTaíno” (Round Whirled Records). Héctor is the founder and director of the Latin roots band La Mixta Criolla, founder and co-director of the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop, a founding member of bomba group Aguacero, and one of the pioneers of the bomba movement in California.
Ayla Dávila – bass
Ayla Dávila grew up in a musical household and started playing music as soon as she could hold an instrument. As a child, she performed traditional Guatemalan and Mexican music, and studied percussion, guitar, and clarinet, but at 11 years old she found her voice on the bass. She began playing bass professionally at 14, and went on to earn a degree in Bass Performance and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Ayla plays with many different groups in a wide variety of musical styles.
The Natural Grocery Company is proud to present this series in partnership with SunJams and Javier Navarrette Music Productions.
SunJams is committed to funding children’s music education in underserved public elementary schools. Your donation will help support this ongoing program.
All of the proceeds will go directly to our network of local musicians, each of whom have been severely impacted by the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you donate $10, $100, or $1000 – any amount helps and will allow us to keep bringing music to our community! As always, your donation to SunJams 501(c)3 may qualify as tax exempt.
Javier Navarrette Music Productions continues to bring live music to several venues around the Bay Area. Javier has been a professional musician and music educator in the Oakland Unified School District for the past 20 years. Over the past few years Navarrette has produced outdoors events that have proven instrumental in enabling musicians to deal with some of the fallout of the pandemic and shutdown that followed.
COVID RELATED SAFETY MEASURES
Please be safe. Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer.
Tickets are NOT required for this venue, you can simply come in, order food and beverages at the Annex counter and pay at the registers.