The Annex Sessions will continue Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 6-8:30pm at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company Prepared Food Annex (The Annex)
Marina Lavalle Trio
Marina Lavalle – vocals
Santiago “Coco” Linares – guitar
Pedro Rosales – cajon, vocals
The Music of Coastal Peru
Marina Lavalle (Vocalist)
Afro-Peruvian singer Marina Lavalle is one of the most distinctive performers in the Bay Area and one of the great voices of modern Peruvian music. An important figure in the resurgence of Afro-Peruvian music being Peru Negro Cultural Association Lead vocalist during 70s, Marina nurtures a carefully crafted blend of contemporary and traditional sounds. Accompanied by guitar, base and Peruvian cajón, she renders a soulful and vibrant interpretation of an array of rhythms in her musical heritage such as: Landó, Festejo, and Zamacueca, just to name a few.
Santiago “Coco” Linares (Guitar)
Coco Linares is a Peruvian guitarist, composer, and musical director born on October 12, 1955 in the district of San Luis, province of Cañete1. He studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of Music for six years and was named a FAT (Early Artistic Training) level professor due to his outstanding guitar skills while still a student at the center1.
In 1978, he was invited to direct the Philharmonic Orchestra of Channel 5, presented by the renowned researcher and artist Nicomedes Santa Cruz. The same year, he won the award for Best Young Arranger1. During his tenure as musical director of Eva Ayllon, in 1993, he was a guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, a historic event, as it was the first time in the history of Peruvian music that an academic director handed over the baton to a popular music director1. He was also the musical director of the first double compact disc made in Peru, Qué lindo es mi Perú, in which he directed practically all the great artists of Peruvian Creole music, such as Arturo “Zambo” Cavero, Oscar Avilés, Jesús Vásquez, Rafael Matallana, Pepe Vásquez, Cecilia Bracamonte, Cecilia Barraza, among others1. Linares has also been the musical director of other renowned Peruvian artists, such as Pepe Vásquez and Julie Freundt1.
In 2015, he was recognized by the Ministry of Culture as a “Meritorious Personality of Culture”
Pedro Rosales (Cajon-vocals)
Proyecto Lando director Pedro Rosales is a renowned cajon player celebrated for his fierce, energetic playing, his expressive vocal interpretations, his sensitivity as an accompanist, and his creative and prolific compositions.
Born in Lima, Peru, Pedro discovered his passion for the cajon at the age of fourteen, taking classes with maestro Ernesto Sandoval at the Museo de Arte de Lima. By 1989, he had joined folklorist Julio Casanovas’ Tradiciones Peruanas ensemble as a percussionist. In 1992, Pedro moved to San Francisco, where he co-founded the experimental ensemble Malambo Kombo with pianist Jorge Molina. In 1995, he co-founded De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, who released four albums under his musical direction through 2013: “El Retorno” (2001), “Diaspora Negra” (2009), children’s album “Huaranguito” (2011) and Marina Lavalle’s “Sutil” (2010). In 2009, Pedro founded Proyecto Lando, releasing a number of original compositions in collaboration with arranger Felipe Pumarada, and performing extensively throughout Northern California.
Pedro’s skills as a cajon player developed under the guidance of his mentors, master Afro-Peruvian percussionists Manuel “Manguey” Vasquez, Eusebio “Sirio” Pititi, Braulio Barrera, and “Lalo” Izquierdo (founder, choreographer, percussionist/dancer of Peru Negro Cultural Association). Pedro is honored to have accompanied many of the most celebrated Peruvian singers and artists, including Pepe Vasquez, Jesus Vasques, Luis Abanto Morales, Arturo Zambo Cavero, Oscar Aviles, Lucia de la Cruz, Lucila Campos, Peru Negro, Bartola, Jorge Luis Jasso, Manuel Donayre, Rosa Flor, Carlos Hayre and Elizabeth Panchano, among others.
Pedro is well-known in the Bay Area music scene as a collaborator, sharing his knowledge and curiosity with musicians immersed in a variety of Afro-latin traditions.
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.