CA Festival: Jazz through the Afro-Latin Perspective with Erick Peralta

November 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Community Music Center is thrilled to partner with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony for the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music. The two-week, statewide festival of music from around the world will showcase today’s most compelling and forward-looking voices in performances of works written within the past five years and highlight the collaborative and innovative spirit that thrives in California.

The Festival will take place November 3–19, 2023, and brings together more than 50 organizations and ensembles from throughout the state of California, including symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, jazz ensembles, choirs and more. Performances will take place in concert halls, educational institutions, auditoriums, clubs and alternative spaces throughout all of California. Learn more about the festival here.


Jazz through the Afro-Latin Perspective with Erick Peralta

Bringing together his myriad of musical experience and influences, Peruvian-American jazz artist Erick Peralta presents a program fusing Jazz with Latin American folkloric traditions . The program will highlight original compositions as well as arrangements in tribute to some of the most iconic jazz and Latin composers from the 20th century, centering on an Afro-Latin perspective and interpretation of American jazz.

Featuring Erick Peralta, piano/arrangements/compositions; Ernesto Mazar-Kindelan, bass; Colin Douglas, drums

November 17, 2023 at 7pm
Community Music Center

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About the Performers:

Erick Peralta has been on faculty at Community Music Center since 2016, teaching private lessons on piano and leading several Jazz and Latin Jazz ensembles. Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the development of music, while still keeping in mind tradition and history. From an early age, Erick was exposed to various styles of music thanks to his father, such as Latin-Pop, Afro-Peruvian, and Afro Cuban music. Classically trained from 6 years old, he began playing professionally in the year 2005, at the age of 15, then branching out in the San Francisco Bay Area with various Jazz, Rock, Latin Jazz, and Salsa groups.

Following his studies at SF Community Music Center and then the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Erick has had jazz studies with late pianist Ray Santisi, Laszlo Gardony, Danilo Perez, Tia Fuller, Ed Tomassi, David Santoro, as well as with Papo Lucca from Sonora Ponceña, and Oscar Hernandez of Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Now a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Erick currently resides in the city of San Francisco. Past notable performances include having worked with multi-Grammy winners Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, and Susana Baca; as well has worked with artists such as Pedrito Martinez, John Santos, Juan Medrano “Cotito”, La India, Tito Nieves, Bayonics, and Grupo 5, and more.

Erick has taken part performing in various festivals and venues, such as: San Jose Jazz Festival, the Latin Grammy Awards, Fillmore Jazz Festival, the Independent, The Regency Ball Room, The Fillmore, the Blue Note Napa, San Francisco International Salsa Festival, Berklee Performance Center, Boston Convention Center, the Beantown Jazz Festival, and many more.

Along with performing, Erick works in composing and arranging in Jazz, Pop, and Latin music. Currently he is working on several projects, including his own project featuring original jazz compositions for various ensembles.

Always having been a strong advocate for music education, Erick is a proud member of the faculty at SF Community Music Center teaching piano in styles such as Jazz, Latin, R&B, and Pop, as well as music theory, composition, and arranging.