• WBGO JAM Live: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    April 25, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble performed live at WBGO in the tenth in our series of student broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click here to hear this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

    Directed by Gabriel Alegria with Yael Litwin on cajón, Dillon Treacy on drums, Ross Kratter on double bass, Grady Tesch on vibraphone, Marc Sundermeyer on acoustic guitar and guest master percussionist Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón, the group performed their own compositions and an arrangement of George Gershwin's "Summertime," and were interviewed by WBGO host Michael Bourne in between songs. A full set list and personnel are below.

    Enjoy this and all of our student broadcasts, as we introduce you to the next generation of jazz greats in Jazz Appreciation Month!


    NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    Live at WBGO 4/24/13

    Gabriel Alegria, director

    Special guest: master percussionist "Huevito" Lobatón

    Set List:

    "Quimba" (comp. Ross Kratter)

    Solos: Tesch, Sundermeyer

    Gabriel interview

    "Aires de la Costa"  (comp. Mark Sundermeyer)

    Solos: Sundermeyer, Tesch

    Yael interview

    "Sanguito" (comp Ross Kratter)

    Solos: Tesch, Sundermeyer, Litwin, Treacy

    Ross interview

    "Lágrima Feliz" (comp Ross Kratter)

    Solos: Kratter, Tesch

    Dillon interview

    "Summertime"  (comp. George Gershwin)

    Solos: Tesch, Sundermeyer, Kratter

    Grady interview

    "El Sol" (comp Ross Kratter)

    Solos: master drummer Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón


    Yael Litwin, cajón. Chicago, IL

    Dillon Treacy, drums. Milwaukee, WI

    Ross Kratter, double bass. New York, NY

    Grady Tesch, vibraphone. Park City UTAH

    Marc Sundermeyer, acoustic gutar. Washington DC

    Gabriel Alegria, director

    Special guest: master percussionist "Huevito" Lobatón

    All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

    4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

    4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

    4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

    4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

    4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

    4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

    4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

    4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

    4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

    4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

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