Jorge Pérez-Albela: Afro-Peruvian Drums and Music

Friday / March 5, 2010 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Jorge Pérez-Albela's versatility, deep knowledge of jazz and South American rhythms, and ability to integrate jazz drums with cajón, make him a one-of-a-kind musician.

Jorge Pérez-Albela started playing drums at age 16 in his native Lima, Perú. In the early '90s Jorge kept a busy schedule performing with artists such as Latin Grammy-winning pop singer Gian Marco Zignago and Grammy-nominated música Peruana star Eva Ayllón. Inspired by the beauty and richness of Peruvian music, Pérez-Albela began to play the cajón, which he learned directly from the masters. In 1994, following his passion for jazz, Pérez-Albela relocated to the United States to study at Berklee, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional music.

Pérez-Albela has been featured at the Jazz en Lima International Festival (Peru), with his jazz trio (Eli Degibri on saxophone and Edward Perez on bass). He's also toured Europe with Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Javier Vercher, Albert Sanz, and Andre Fernandes, performing at the most prestigious venues and festivals, including recent appearances at the Festival Grec in Barcelona.

A Boston resident, Pérez-Albela is actively involved in the city's jazz scene, and frequently commutes to New York for performances or recordings in venues such as the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, Tonic, Jordan Hall, the Regattabar, and the Berklee Performance Center.

He can be heard in current performances/recordings with Grammy-winning composer/conductor Maria Schneider, pianists Bert Seager, Danilo Perez (at the NPR's 2007 Toast of the Nation), Jarrett Cherner, Geoffrey Keezer, Nando Michelin, and Leo Blanco, guitarist/ composer Claudio Ragazzi and Eric Kurimski, singers Sofia Koutsovitis and Mili Bermejo, saxophonists Dan Blake and Grace Kelly, and trumpeters Jason Palmer and Peter Kenagy.

Throughout the years, Pérez-Albela has studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Moses, Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Hal Crook, Jamey Haddad, Ralph Peterson, Alex Acuña, Efrain Toro, and Vicente Lebron, among others. Pérez-Albela has taught percussion in the Boston area since 1997, where he also directs a music therapy program at the Edward Devotion Public School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught master classes at the National Conservatory in Lima, Perú, and at the Portsmouth Dance and Percussion Festival, in New Hampshire.