• 8/8/2019 ~ Festejation

    Also a former resident of Lima, Peru, guitarist Eric Kurimski, a native of upstate New York, fell in love with Afro-Peruvian music when he met his longtime mentor, the venerated Peruvian guitarist Carlos Hayre. Kurimski is known to be one of the foremost guitarists in the style currently living in the US, and he has performed with many of the greats of Afro-Peruvian music including Manuel Donayre, Juan Medrano Cotito, Julie Freundt, and many more. His guitar can be heard alongside the queen of Afro-Peruvian song, Eva Ayllón, in the Latin-Grammy nominated album “Mujeres Con Cajones.”

    A graduate of the Juilliard School, percussionist Jeremy Smith has a wide-ranging presence in music, having shared the stage with Venezuelan phenom Jorge Glem, the chamber orchestra The Knights, several of New York’s most prominent flamenco groups, the New York Gypsy All Stars, and even the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Also a recent arrival from Caracas, pianist Gabriel Chakarji quickly became a mainstay in the New York Latin Jazz and salsa scenes. A talented composer and bandleader, he has also worked as a sideman touring with Luisito Quintero, Linda Briceño, Ali Bello, and five-time Grammy winner John Benitez.

    Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, drummer Juan Felipe Mayorga grew up playing rock and soon fell in love with jazz, Latin jazz and many styles from around the world. He has performed in many of the major festivals in Colombia, and his New York credits include performances in most of the city’s jazz venues with the likes of Hector Martignon, Lucia Pulido, Samuel Torres, Jacob Sacks, Cristina Pato, and John Benitez.

    “We’re thrilled to share an evening outdoors with the people of Branford. The music we play is meant for parties and celebrations, and we can’t think of a better setting than an outdoor stage in Midsummer. We’re excited to bring the party Peruvian-style to Connecticut. A gozar!,” said Perez.