currently: coming to grips with what i am intended to do with all of these different facets of myself. as an artist i am a vessel but i am my own instrument. i am dismantling the institutions and the training in my own body and psyche; taking classical structures juxtaposed with the raw voice, i am rediscovering my reason for being, and the incessant need i have to create. in producing these harmonious worlds, i create a space where i can exist wholly without remorse. i challenge what is deemed “classical”. i radicalize these forms by marrying the indigenous, my culture [both native and amerikan], thus supporting my projections of the future and desires to live within this autonomous identity i’m recreating for myself.
STEFA* is an artist, vocalist and performer focused on the intersection of politics, the self and her cultures.
Taking inspiration from her classical music background and the desire to decolonize her euro-centric training, her work honors her ancestrxs, allowing her to question her own existence and navigate her multidimensional identity. Using harmonies, looping, and improvisation, she creates sonic worlds where her and her audience can live together for a brief moment. Her solo work has led her to perform at National Sawdust (Sepalina EP Release, opening for Madame Gandhi), Brooklyn Museum (Radical Women Latin American Art: 1964-1986, Cuerpxs Radicales special programming), Museo del Barrio, Nublu, Rough Trade and more. As part of TrueQue Residencia Artistica (Ayampe, Ecuador 2017), she facilitated her first voice workshop, Cantos Primitivos//Primitive Songs, after 20 years of studying voice. In 2017 she travelled to Vienna, Austria in collaboration with Mx. Oops where they performed in American Realness as part of Wienerfestwochen’s ‘performeum’. Her debut EP 'Sepalina' was released via Figure & Ground Records on September 14. You can support her by purchasing it at stefa.bandcamp.com.