2016 has been a rough year around the globe so I cannot help to feel extremely grateful that, despite of the dark moments the world has been through, I can still count many many blessings. I am grateful for the countless positive experiences I had, the beautiful gifts I received and the meaningful friendships I made. It is in these tough times that we must remember the things that DID work in our life and in the world so that we can stay in the light and focus all our strength, efforts and enthusiasm to continue to work for a better future, for us and for the little ones that will remain after us.I want to thank you for your support to my project, for showing up to concerts and spreading the word about my music. It is you who help us, independent artists, to keep growing and bringing our ideas to life. Once again, THANK YOU.Here are the projects I will be working on and exciting concerts already booked for 2017:
Recording an album at Women’s Audio Mission (the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women!).
I’m very fortunate and honored to have received a grant from Women’s Audio Mission to record an album at their studios. I will be recording an album of traditional Mexican songs (with songs you used to hear me sing at the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor!) in January 2017, produced by Kelley Coyne from WAM and featuring Patrick Wolff on clarinet and saxophone, the Magik*Magik String Quartet and last but definitely not least, my mother!!
Working on new music for my second album of original songs.
In 2017 I will have less concerts to continue to work on songs for another upcoming album, co-produced by my dear and mega talented friend, Natalia Lafourcade. Last August, Natalia and I spent five days at Stinson Beach for phase one of this magical project. I’m just over the moon about working on this album having her as a guide and companion!! Natalia and I have been very busy with other musical projects so production is going slowly, but it will be done, surely! and it will be beautiful, I promise.
Submitting a new video for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.
I have made videos in 2015 and 2016 for this awesome contest and even though I haven’t won, it definitely has been super fun to be part of this musical platform. Stay tuned for my 2017 video to be released by January 29th!
Performing with the San Francisco Symphony.
I’m beyond honored to have been invited to work with conductor Edwin Outwater on a Music of Latin America program with the SF Symphony for their Music for Families series on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2pm. Stay tuned for link with details!
Opening the concert of the Villalobos Brothers at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA.
I will be performing with my trio, Patrick Wolff on clarinet/sax and Tom Edler on upright bass on February 26th.
More info here.
I can wait to share 2017 with you all. Thank you for your endless support. I hope your 2017 is filled with many many happy moments!
Much light and love,
2016: MY YEAR IN REVIEW 2016: UN RECUENTO DE MI AÑO
“On Love and Light: Singing to the New Year” concert with Maria José Montijo at Bazaar Cafe
Video shoot with Cristina Isabel at Mount Tamalpais CA.
UC Berkeley’s 16th Annual Night of cultural Resistance.
Singing for “Movements for Migrants: Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees”.
I Am Home concert With my trio at the Red Poppy Art House.
Performing my song “SB 1070″ with San Francisco Civic Symphony at Nourse Theater.
UC Berkeley’s 6th Annual Immigrant Gala organized by the Youth Empowerment Program.
Women to Watch concert at SF JAZZ Center Miner Auditorium.
Album pre-production retreat at Stinson Beach with Natalia Lafourcade, recording engineer Scott McDowell and film maker Claudia Escobar.
Amy Winehouse tribute with my trio at SFJAZZ Center Miner Auditorium
A Neighborhood Perfomance Project evening with the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco.
Singing for and sharing my story with my little friends at Monroe Elementary School in SF, CA.
Performing a new arrangement of “En Juárez” by Brian McCune with the Awesöme Orchestra.
Last concert of 2016 at YBCA – I Am Home: A Musical Reflection on Love, Migration and Identity.
I Am Home installation and collective song!
Thank you to all those of you who came to our concert at YBCA on Dec 1st and to the hundreds of you who contributed thoughts to La Casita. A new song is now in the making inspired by what you shared with me!