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AFRO-PERUVIAN SONG AND DANCE TROUPE PERÚ NEGRO AND SONGSTRESS EVA AYLLÓN BRING "FESTEJO"

December 6, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

PERÚ NEGRO WITH EVA AYLLÓN

“FESTEJO”

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at 8 p.m.

  

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 6, 2010 – Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a carnival of rhythm,” Perú Negro was formed more than 40 years ago to celebrate, preserve and renew the music and dance traditions of the blacks that first came to Peru in the 18th century, and bring these unique Afro-Peruvian traditions to audiences across the globe. Officially designated “Cultural Ambassadors of Peruvian Culture,” this group of more than 30 dancers and musicians perform the rhythm, sounds and movements propagated along Peru’s coast by African slaves. Perú Negro packed the house at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in 2008, and this winter, they return on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at 8 p.m. bringing “Festejo,” a joyful celebration of festive dances and live music that celebrate the ensemble’s folkloric ancestry. Sultry songstress Eva Ayllón, known as “Peru’s Tina Turner,” joins this incredible ensemble for a spectacular evening of music and dance. This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Founded by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina in 1969, Perú Negro is now led by Campos’ son Ronny Campos, who has made Perú Negro a presence on the international stage. Because drums were banned by Spanish colonizers, the percussionists play the unique instruments used by African slaves – a cajón (wooden crate), tithing box and donkey jaw – to create its distinctive sound. Melodic guitar and passionate voices serve as accompaniment for the rhythmic and passionate dancing in perfect syncopation with the percussion. The Lima-based ensemble has performed all over the world and has been named “Ambassadors of Peruvian Culture” by the Peruvian Government. Perú Negro also runs its own school and a junior troupe called Perú Negrito. Perú Negro has released several albums, including “Sangre de un Don” (Heritage of a Gentleman), dedicated to founder Campos, who passed away in 2001; and the Latin Grammy Award-nominated “Joglorio.” “A fascinating look at a living tradition in the throes of social and cultural transformation, with artistry as rich and colorfully diverse as the history it reflects.”  (Boston Globe)

Born María Angélica Ayllón Urbina, Ayllón was named for her grandmother, Eva, who initiated her into singing at age 3. After singing in competitions throughout school and later in nightclubs, Ayllón established herself as the leading interpreter of musica criolla, the Afro-Peruvian music. For the past 40 years, Ayllon has toured the world, performing to audiences from Carnegie Hall in New York City (she sold out the house in 2008) to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Ayllón has recorded more than 20 albums and earned four platinum records, 10 gold records and four Latin Grammy nominations, the latest for her album “Canta a Chabuca Granda.” She recently celebrated her illustrious career with a 40th anniversary celebration concert at The Town Hall in New York City. 

 

Tickets for PERÚ NEGRO WITH EVA AYLLÓN are $23, $38, $46. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

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