Level 1-La Voz del Cajón: Afro-Peruvian Cajón w/ Juan Medrano Cotito

Level 1-La Voz del Cajón: Afro-Peruvian Cajón w/ Juan Medrano Cotito


Level 1: Beginners 
Tuesdays: 7-8:15pm: August 14, 21, 28

Level 1 is for beginners and designed for those who have no experience in music performance. It is open to all, but is geared toward the beginning music student.

A $20 registration fee is required. Pay now or the night of the first class.

This is a one-time, non-refundable fee and is waived for enrollment in other classes within the calendar year.

Thank you! We look forward to meeting you!

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Juan Medrano Cotito, an outstanding musician internationally recognized as one of the living masters of the Cajon.  He recently was awarded Peru's equivalent of the Kennedy Center Honors. In Peru, Cotito was honored by the Ministry of Culture for his artistry and contribution to the preservation and recognition of Afro-Peruvian culture and its importance to the cultural life of Peru. 

Cotito's sound is instantly recognizable, whether heard in the context of music from his homeland Peru, jazz or electronic and world music. The pulsating and intoxicating rhythms that Cotito creates on the cajón, an instrument which is nothing more than a humble box - is truly extraordinary.

Cotito has worked along with Susana Baca since 1985.  He figures greatly on the album "Lamento Negro" which received the latin-grammy award for Best Folk Album in 2002.

For over 20 years, Cotito has been touring and giving concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Cotito is also an educator and has given master classes in Europe, and in the United States.   He is Professor of music at the prestigious Catholic University in Lima, Peru.   He also mentors musicians and academics who have come to Peru from all over the world, helping them catalog and document the history and music from Peru.  He has worked closely with ethnomusicologists Heidi Feldman and Javier Leon.

His discography includes recordings with Susana Baca, Richie Zellon, Nova- Lima, Pilar de la Hoz, Chichi Glass, Sofia Koutsovitis, Eric Kurimski, and Damaris. He has been the focus of many documentaries on the Cajon such as "Las Manos de Dios", "El Cajón con Alma Negra" and "Los Caminos del Cajón".  He has recently released his first solo álbum "La voz del Cajon" which includes original compositions and musical sounds from the African Diaspora of the Americas.

Also a composer, among the songs he has written, sung by many renowned singers, features as most popular:   "Se me van los pies," "Tarumbero,"  "La voz del Cajon," and others.

He is a member of the Latin Grammy-winning electronic music group, Novalima.