Join us for an evening with Peruvian indie duo Alejandro y María Laura, wrapping up their latest visit to the U.S. Joined by their friends and locally-based singer-songwriters Diana Gameros (México) and María José Montijo (Puerto Rico), who will reprise their 2014 duet performances.
Alejandro y María Laura
Alejandro y María Laura is a Peruvian duo consisting of singer-songwriters Alejandro Rivas and María Laura Bustamanate. In 2011 they released heir first album "Paracaídas", produced by Matías Cella. Their second record, "Fiesta para los muertos", came out in late 2013.
Alejandro and María Laura started making music together in 2009 - collaborating on each other's original songs, and doing cover versions of songs from various genres. Back in Lima, at the end of 2010 the duo collaborated on the exhibition "En Pausa," the final thesis project for María Laura's Performing Arts degree, where they experimented with composing songs in reaction to various stimuli. This process yielded such original songs as "Abre los ojos," "Quiero estar sola," and "Estos días." At the beginning of 2011, Mabela Martinez (the host of local TV and radio program "Sonidos del Mundo") put the duo in touch with Matías Cella, producer of notable South American artists such as Jorge Drexler and Kevin Johansen. Matías produced the duo's first record, "Paracaídas", which was released in October 2011. In 2012,
In 2013, they released the music video for "Puedo estar sin ti", a song which later received regular radio airplay in Peru. They also started work on their second album, "Fiesta para los muertos," featuring collaborations with Susana Baca, Kevin Johansen and Javier Barría. The duo celebrated the release of the record with a concert at the Mario Vargas Llosa theater (in Peru's National Library).
In 2014, they were invited to Brazil by Paulinho Moska (a well-known Brazilian singer, songwriter and actor) and wrote a song for the HBO Latino program "Encuentros en Brasil". Later that year, they were invited to perform at a number of festivals including "Indies del Sur" (Argentina), Festival Yavería (Colombia), FICIB (Colombia), and the 33rd Encuentro del Canto Popular (San Francisco, CA).
Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and now living in Berkeley California, Gameros creates authentic music that reflects the 21st century experiences of a young indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. San Francisco latin singer/songwriter Diana Gameros has received much acclaim for her wide range of styles that seem to break down barriers constructed by isolating genres.
María José Montijo
María José’s life changed in 2009 on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, where a friend gave her a used Celtic harp. She began writing hypnotic, haunting songs for harp and voice that incorporate her eclectic musical interests.
María José’s songs grow out of an intuitive process of deep listening and the condition of being fully human in a confusing world. Her lyrics speak of paradoxes: mystery and certainty; doubt and faith; love and solitude; sorrow and connection; exile and feeling at home. Her music is informed by the images and rhythms of the natural world in all its vastness.
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
In Advance $10
Admission at the Door $15
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