|September 30, 2018|
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fans.
It’s been a long time since I sent out a newsletter. I have been blessed with an overflow of amazing projects, gigs, and opportunities, that I never got to even share them or promote them much.
A brief recap of 2018:
JAN to April: Wrote music and sound design for the Seattle Rep and Arena Stage (D.C.), 30 anniversary productions of Two Trains Running, directed by Juliette Alexandra Carrillo. It got rave reviews, including in The Washington Post.
Jan: 2 sold out shows of Naomi Rincon Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip, at The Broad Museum, for Pacific Standard Time Festival in L.A. I performed live with mexican composer Fede Schmucler, and worked with him for 2 years prior in the studio helping produce the final soundtrack. https://artillerymag.com/the-formaldehyde-trip/
March: Completed my InterMusic SF grant funded concert with Ackamoor Molina Duet at Brava Theater Center, and live radio performances on KPFA, KALX, and KFJC.
May-June: The phenomenal sold out and extended production of Quixote Nuevo, by Octavio Solis (of the film Coco) at Cal Shakes: Featuring a stunning all Latino cast, including Emilio Delgado of Sesame Street fame, and several Latinx designers and crew. Rave reviews, including the SF Chronicle. Octavio and myself got interviewed on KALX Radio, for Arts in Review show. https://m.sfgate.com/performance/article/Former-Sesame-Street-star-makes-Cal-13004043.php?t=89f180686a&utm_campaign=fb-desktop&utm_source=CMS+Sharing+Button&utm_medium=social
May & June: Nearly sold out West coast residencies with Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids at Zebulon in LA, and The Lab SF. Our new Album and Angel Fell has received amazing reviews and features in Rolling Stone, Bandcamp, Quietus, BBC radio, and more.
May: Honored to be on Emanative’s new album Earth, (Jazzman Records). They are an amazing Jazz/Funk/World group from the U.K. lead by drummer Nick Woodmansey. The New Album features a stellar cast of top notch musicians. It also has received amazing reviews in Bandcamp, Quietus, Straight No Chaser, BBC radio. Here’s an interview: https://bandcamp.com/?show=285
May: created music and sound design for the unique piece Don’t Grab!, in Piñata45: The End of Her Rope. A Multi-Media Dance theater production by Piñata Dance Collective at Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater, in San Francisco, CA
Artistic Director: Liz Duran Boubion
June: World premiere of Alien by Tim Rubel’s Human Shakes Dance Company, and Berlin based choreographer Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, at Counter Pulse SF. This powerful piece about xenophobia and borders goes to Berlin on September 8 & 9 at the Pfefferberg Theater.
June: A mind blowing performance at Southern Soul Festival with Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, in Montenegro. This amazing Festival was on the sands of Copacabana Beach, featuring Jamaican dub legend Mad Professor with U-Roy, Jazzanova, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Leroy Burgess, Hailu Mergia, and a ton of legendary dance, house, and ethnic music DJs/producers from around the globe.
July: I took a quick trip to London ended up playing with some of the best Improv musicians in the scene there, at the legendary Vortex Jazz Club; Got interviewed by Paul Bradshaw for Straight No Chaser, the magazine dedicated to Black music, Jazz, electronic, and rhythm based music. It was founded in 1988, ended in 2007, and just got revived in 2017. I and Idris will be for the 100th issue in the near future! https://ancienttofuture.com/straight-no-chaser-3/
July: LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work:
Honored to have been an invited artist at this amazing convention. I even had a display booth, poster, and spoke in front of about 300 people. I saw collaborators I hadn’t seen in 10 to 20 years, and was moved by being surrounded by so many brown folks and spanish speakers, a rare thing in the predominantly white theater world. It was very emotional to be around so many socially conscious and politically minded artists not afraid to speak up. That doesn’t happen at other conventions.
The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) invited artists, decision makers, and scholars to the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, July 19-21, 2018, produced in association with Teatro Vista and the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists of Chicago (ALTA), and hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Carnaval 2018 featured readings of six new plays. Each featured play—selected from a nationwide call—will received development with a Latinx creative team including a director, dramaturg, actors, and designers. Carnaval participants had the chance to visit Chicago theatres for workshops, tours, and sessions with the aim of introducing national participants to the rich variety of Latinx companies and artists working in the city, and around the country.
Upcoming soon: I will be featured in the Yale drama journal, Theatre, for their Winter 2019 Edition to feature the work of Latinx Designers; was Interviewed for Stage Directions magazine on the upcoming LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work feature.
thanks for you support