news: Eva Ayllon at Walt Disney March 7, 2008

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PERUVIAN LEGEND EVA AYLLÓN DEBUTS AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

2007/08 World Music Series Continues With Performances by Asha Bhosle and Kronos Quartet

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008, at 8 PM

Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Media support provided by 89.9 KCRW

Eva Ayllón, one of Peru’s foremost Afro-Peruvian musicians, debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. With a recording career that spans over 30 years and 20 albums, Ayllón is one of the leading interpreters of Peru’s música criolla, and is deservedly known as the Queen of Landó. This performance is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2007/2008 World Music series.

Ayllón’s music focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Lima. She is known for singing the landó, the festejo, and the vals, all mestizo blends of Peru’s indigenous, African, and Spanish musical heritage. The guitar recalls flamenco idioms one moment and alludes to Andean mountain music the next. The cajón, a wooden percussion box thought to be derived from an agricultural crate, translates African rhythms to Latin America. Call-and-response, complex syncopation, and polyrhythms combine with sweet, melancholic melodies to create a sound unique to Peru’s diverse ancestry.

In 2004, Ayllon released her first U.S. album, Eva! Leyenda Peruana. Since then, she continues to expand boundaries, touring across Europe, North America and Latin America extensively. The 2007/08 World Music series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues with legendary Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle on Sunday, April 27, celebrating her 75th birthday; Kronos Quartet and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq present a spectacular collaboration, Nunavut, and a world premiere by composer Derek Charke on Saturday, May 3.

For 30 years Afro-Peruvian singer EVA AYLLÓN has been selling out theaters not only in Peru, where she can fill a stadium of 30,000, but here in North America as well. After emerging in the early 70s, Eva immediately set a landmark by establishing herself as the leading exponent of Afro-Peruvian music. Eva’s recording career spans over 20 albums and includes a double Latin Grammy nomination in 2003 and a double Platinum album in her native Peru. Eva Ayllón, born María Angélica Ayllón Urbina, adopted the name “Eva” after her maternal grandmother, who initiated her in vocalization at the age of three. By the early 1970s, Eva began to appear in many of the local “peñas criollas,” a gathering of musician friends, and began to define herself as one of the leading interpreters of Peru’s música criolla. Between 1973 and 1975, she sang as the lead voice in the popular trio Los Kipus, eventually leaving the group to pursue a solo career. By 1979, she began touring internationally, and since then her music and live performances are requested on a yearly basis throughout the world.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music — Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008, 8 PM

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

World Music series

EVA AYLLÓN, vocals

Media support is provided by 89.9 KCRW.

Tickets ($35 - $88) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.