"...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended...."C. Block
for Video Librarian
"...the energy...is palpable...[W]ill leave viewers wanting to see, hear and know more...a fine choice...."Barbara J. Waters, Longmont Pub. Lib.
for EMRO (Edu. Media Online)
"..a rare and delightful glimpse. The film...capture(s) the artistry, love and philosophy...."John Santos, seven times Grammy nominee; US Artists Fontanals Fellow
"[D]elivers big on entertainment, art and culture. A must see."Hershell West, former board chair,
ProArts of Northern California
"...a pleasure to listen to...and a joy to watch...."Lisa Greenstein
As director of the co-operative la Quemá [manager of Sala la Quemá], I want to thank you in the name of all of us for your contribution to the activities that our cultural association realizes in Jerez de la Frontera. The more than ample public that attended the screening (and later Q&A) of Masters of Rhythm gave positive validation for your important work as researcher and publicizer of this “other culture,” an “other culture” largely unknown but vital as part of understanding who we are as human beings, and where we come from.
In spite of its being a documentary film, you captured the energy, talent and charisma of the performers both in their performances and their interviews. They seemed to jump off of the screen and create a feeling of both entertainment and community that you normally only expect to get from a live performance.
Thanks for capturing this magic and sharing it with us.Javier Padilla Gil, managing director
We had the pleasure of working with Eve A. Ma in co-producing an event that included a special screening of her latest documentary 'Masters of Rhythm' and a live music demonstration by Peruvian musicians who are deeply connected & committed to preserving Afro-Peruvian music and dance.
Eve A. Ma presented the idea of also including the live music demonstration as a way for the audience to see first-hand these beautiful cultural traditions that they see in the film, but also to showcase a local master teaching artist that is a direct descendant to a master artist featured in the film. The audience reacted very positively to this event and we even extended the official end time because the audience wanted more time to ask questions about the film and to enjoy more of the musical performance.
We would be happy to work with Eve A. Ma again on another collaboration.Bianca Torres, co-director