Curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene, with Oakland as its launch pad. This series takes place the second Sunday of each month.
For the last B.A.B. of 2018, join us as RDL+ hosts Madelina y Feña for an evening of original compositions and classics rooted in Latin American folk music. With a special guest direct from Puerto Rico, Jesús M. Cepeda Brenes, “El Tambor Mayor” — master Bomba drummer and son of the legendary bombero Rafael Cepeda.
Madelina y Feña
Madelina y Feña are a multicultural Latin American duo following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova – movements that came out of The Americas’ liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism – The duo sings original compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from South America and the Andes, from Cuba and Puerto Rico to Mexico and the US. The duo features the vocal interpretation of Madelina Zayas (Puerto Rico) and the deeply rooted acoustic performance of Fernando Feña Torres (Chile).
Originally from Chile, Fernando "Feña" Torres is a musician, composer, poet, and journalist. He masters several Latin American folk string and wind musical instruments. He started to perform publicly at the zenith of what was later known as the Chilean New Song Movement. After being expelled from Chile by the military dictatorship in 1977, Mr. Torres came to the US as a political refugee. He was a founding member of one of the first South American music ensembles in the Bay Area, Grupo Raiz. Torres has composed music for theater and film and collaborated with many Bay Area and international musicians such as Pete Seeger and Holly Near.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Madeleine Zayas is a Latin American singer/interpreter and songwriter based in Oakland. She has been performing as lead singer since 2012. Her singing career began as a duo with Brandon Vance and as co-founder of Buena Trova Social Club. Dancing was her first love and career. She became a choreographer at age 10 and a professional dancer at age 15. She has performed in theaters and television in Puerto Rico, California and Nevada since 1985. She believes in art and cultural activism as a positive force of communication and a tool for social change. She has shared the stage with Holly Near, Melanie de More and Inti Illimani.
Folklorist and cultural treasure Jesús M. Cepeda Brenes is a national and internationally recognized expert in puertorican bomba and plena. He teaches fundamentals of bomba and plena in universities, Elementary schools across Puerto Rico and abroad. Son of patriarch of bomba and plena Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles y Doña Caridad Brenes, Jesus belongs to a family of cultural ambassadors who have been practicing their musical tradition for seven generations uninterrupted.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ started building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, 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.
In the summer of 2018, RDL+ released their second full-length album, Pacific Voyage. In the spirit of adventure, this live performance album captures it all. From placid waters to raging seas, Pacific Voyage sails the oceans in a vessel of original composition, powered by the raw emotions of the improvisational trio.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 sliding scale at the door