Both in Spanish and English, Fernanda Ulibarri’s music is a mix of folk, Latin, polka, and country. Her all-acoustic band (rhythm section, guitars, organ, accordion, and horns), featuring musicians from different corners of the world, always delivers a powerful performance that will make people get up and dance. Resident artist, singer and harpist, Maria Jose Montijo will open up the night accompanied by her full band, which weaves atmospheric textures and bass heavy island rhythms into her songs.


Fernanda is a Mexican-American artist that explores the rhythms of polka and country—rhythms that live in the border of Mexico and the U.S. The EP Polkas de Amor, released in February 2015, features a bouncy and powerful group of love songs that will make everyone dance. In the summer of 2015, her next album, Country from another Country will be released. This album will feature country songs with a Mexican twist.

"Fernanda Ulibarri will make you fall in love with her latin alternative polkas."— OC Weekly

"Good luck finding something as fresh sounding and catchy as what Fernanda has done here.¨— Remezcla 

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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.

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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