More than a concert, the performance is an invitation to navigate, and share her harp/boat and discover new sea routes and internal continents with Verónica Valerio and 2015 Studio Grand Resident Artist María José Montijo.
Verónica Valerio’s original compositions and arrangements combine folklore tales and notions of the atemporal, while integrating voice, harp, traditional Mexican poetry, and different styles of music including son jarocho, jazz, gospel, and blues. She takes you on an adventure of her travels from the coasts of Veracruz to New Orleans to New York. The fundamental theme of her project is about how she observes, assumes, and translates the differences, distances, and similarities in the ambient and space around her.
Verónica Valerio was born into a family of harp players in Veracruz, Mexico. Her professional music career initiated at the age of nineteen while singing boleros in the band “Juventud Sonera.” In 2003 she immigrated to the US to study voice at the University of New Orleans and later at the Harbor Conservatory in New York City. Verónica’s time in the US gave way to her exploration of gospel music and other forms of world music, which strengthened her ability to evolve into a fusion-based composer. In 2006, she was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. Soon after, the Anthropology Department at NYU shared her story as a musician and immigrant in the documentary Arpa Viajera. She has been guest lecturer of folk vocal music at Berklee College of Music. She has presented her work in festivals in Colombia, Cuba, Canada, Holland, Denmark, Norway and England.
Recently she has been awarded “Best Latinamerican Song” by The Akademia Awards.
She is currently working on her 7th album.
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 harp. She began writing hypnotic, haunting songs that grow out of an intuitive process of deep listening. Her music is informed by the images and rhythms of the natural world in all its vastness.
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Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm
$10-15 sliding scale donation
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted **