Dr. William Cepeda, well-known musician, composer, director, folklorist and educator has created Lo Nuestro Tour, whose aim is to raise awareness and educate youth about the roots and the evolution of Puerto Rican music.
Also, Cepeda and his group Afro-Rican Jazz are celebrating their 25th anniversary who, since its inception, has fostered Puerto Rican culture through outstanding recordings, educational workshops, and cultural concerts.
La Nuestro Tour, created and directed by William Cepeda, consists of free workshops for young musicians and participation in concerts with William Cepeda and Afro-Rican Jazz. The project is long-term and aims to cover Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities.
The first concert will be held in Loíza, Thursday, January 31, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm The workshop for music students will take place at the Ta-Fundación Ricky Martin Center from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The concert will be held at the Plaza Medianía Alta in Loíza.
Afterward, Lo Nuestro Tour will continue to the municipalities of Hatillo, Naranjito, Ciales, San Juan, Ponce, Culebra, Carolina, Humacao, Mayagüez, Peñuelas, and Orocovis; one village per month.
Cepeda is also preparing material for upcoming recordings, among them a rhythm section and sea-shells; another with a quartet and lead trombone; and Etnia Jazz, which was recorded live at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest and features twenty-three musicians from various parts of the world.
William Cepeda was born in Loíza. He played percussion at ten and received formal training at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in composition and arranging, and later at the Aaron Copland School of Queens College in New York, where he obtained a master’s degree in interpretation. In 2013, he earned an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
Within the genre of jazz, Cepeda has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, and the Jazz Masters; Bobby Watson’s Big Band; Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy; David Murray, among others. He has also collaborated with artists such as “Reina de la Salsa” Celia Cruz, pianist Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, and vocalists Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, and Oscar D’León among others.
With Lo Nuestro Tour, William Cepeda wishes to continue educating the new generations about the value of Puerto Rican culture and the richness of its music.