Join us for the closing night of Maria Jose Montijo's performing artist residency at Studio Grand.  Featuring members of Las Bomberas de la Bahia and Taller Bombalele, a group that was born out of Studio Grand's Bomba class. 

On this night, Maria Jose and her band will offer her personal brand of Puerto Rican diaspora music, Esoterica Tropical, a mix of atmospheric textures and bass heavy island rhythms. Members of Las Bomberas de la Bahia and Taller Bombalele will celebrate Afro Puerto Rican musical ancestry through drum, dance, and song. 

Bomba is community music, so come prepared to dance and sing.    



María José Montijo’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.

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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.

María José regularly performs throughout the Bay Area, both as a solo artist and with her band. In 2013, she was a featured new artist at Acción Latina’s 32nd Annual Encuentro del Canto Popular at the Brava Theater. In 2014, on the strength of her song “Estrellas” her band played Oakland’s Mayhem Festival, a juried music competition and performance series at the Awaken Cafe. She has headlined at the Red Poppy Art House, been a consistent presence at the Mission Arts Peformance Project (MAPP), and played at venues ranging from the Mission Cultural Center to the Hemlock Tavern to the Art in Nature Festival in the Oakland redwoods.

María José joins the Studio as our spring Resident Artist

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$10-$15 sliding scale  

** No refunds or exchanges. **