Sundays at the Morgan: Andres Espinoza Band
“In mythology the crossroads represent represent a location “between the worlds” and a place where we can join different planes of existence. The concert is titled crossroads as it marks a meeting point between my performance, composition and arranging, and my life as a music scholar. Also throughout the concert I have utilized the allegoric imagery of a crossroads guardian as stemming from the Yoruba/Afro Cuban religious lore where the deity that guards of the crossroads is known as Eshu/Eleggua. I showcase the ‘guardian’ by featuring all the core musicians playing unaccompanied solos so as to give the other musicians ‘directions’ when we arrive at certain crossroads in the music.”
A native of Chile, Dr. Andrés Espinoza Agurto has been playing percussion since he was 8 years old. He studied Afro-Cuban percussion at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in La Habana, Cuba, graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Jazz Composition, and holds an MM in Jazz studies and Ethnomusicology from the University of York (England). He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from Boston University in 2014. His dissertation is entitled Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente and the Poetics of the Meta-barrio, and analyzes the impact of Salsa music as a forging element of social and political identity within Latino and Latin American communities. Other research interests include the application of ethnomusicology to jazz performance and composition, Afro-Latino music, modern art music, and Spanish language rap. He is also the composer, musical director, and percussionist of the Andres Espinoza World Jazz Ensemble, the Andres Espinoza Octet, and the Latin fusion sextet Los Songos Jalapeños. He has performed and taught in many countries around the world, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, England, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, and has been a faculty member at Roxbury Community College, Boston University, Emmanuel college, and the University of Maine system.