A monthly series curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area, with Oakland as its hub, and brings together the most interesting and ground-breaking voices that need to be heard and reckoned with. Shows include music written and presented by RDL+ as well as other innovative artists, and will break new ground in modern music.
This month RDL+ presents CHHOTI MAA for The Bridge Called Our Soul, an evening of collage, poetry, and song.
Vreni Michelini Castillo was born out of a tradition of migrants in Guanajuato and forced by the Mexican post-NAFTA exodus into movement. Her raps have roots in her grandmother's poetic recitation, in Mexican oral tradition. She developed through writing poetry and got voice training in gospel and soul while living in Albany, Georgia. In 2007, Vreni established herself as rapper-singer organizer CHHOTI MAA in Richmond, VA. In 2011, she deepened her freestyle & lyrical skills while working and collaborating with the Hip Hop scene in Trujillo, Peru. CHHOTI MAA’s music deals with decolonial living, migrant swag and reconstructing the womyn temple. CHHOTI MAA is a cultural organizer, educator, bruja, writer and artist.
CHHOTI MAA has performed in Puerto Rico, China, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., Ghana, Peru, Mexico and in the U.S. in festivals, conferences, house shows, community spaces, museums, galleries, schools, universities and of course in the streets. She performed alongside Yosimar Reyes, Butterscotch, Suzi Analogue, Aisha Fukushima, Antique Naked Soul, World Hood, Medusa, Talib Kweli, Las Cafeteras and Chicano Batman to name a few.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Steve Weems on drums, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Steve Weems, drums
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **