7.12.2017
summer is underway and i've already played a few wonderful gigs! last week was Motherland at Knockdown Center, curated by Yeah, That's What She Said; "a radical pop up space of collectively self-organized, sliding-scale arts and education programming and community events by and for women." i'll be joining Combo Chimbita at their residency at Three's Brewing later this month. they are currently one of my favorite musical groups, repping Colombia hard and putting a twist on traditional sounds with their #TropicalFuturism. i'll close out July by playing the opening of Un Verano En Nueva York, a group art show curated by Shaira Chaer comprised of Native New Yorkers (#migente) drawing inspirations from NYC summers and one of my favorite salsa songs of all time by El Gran Combo!

lastly, i'm so thrilled to be joining Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir; a radical activist choir: 

Reverend Billy, our Elvis-impersonating televangelist, and The Stop Shopping Choir use the theater of protest, spectacle and the sincere intensity of song to carry our message. We are Earth-loving urban activists who protect bees, oppose police brutality and create dramatic actions to inspire Climate Change Activism.

 

5.23.2017

just got back from Vienna, Austria where I performed in Weiner Festwochen's 'Performeum'! A microfestival curated by Ben Pryor, American Realness brought legendary NY queer performers together under one roof for four incredible nights. I had the immense privilege of collaborating with MxOops/Wendell Cooper, a multimedia performance artist on this iteration of 'Carrying Capacity'. 

costume design by wendell cooper, styling by me

costume design by wendell cooper, styling by me

2.25.2017

still reeling from my time at TrueQué Artist Residency in Ayampe, Ecuador! What an incredible journey. Surrounded by tierra, sol, y mar and 13 other latinx artists, activist and cultural managers, we reflected, created, and strategized. the work that must be done to create a 'UTOPIA'... had the immense opportunity of facilitating my first voice workshop (after 20 years of studying voice!), called Cantos Primitivos/Primal Songs, where we did exercises, improvisations and created soundscapes with the intention of connecting the breath, body, and voice and accessing our personal primitive places. 

with artist Adriana Monslave after a performance workshop led by artist and activist LA SUERTE. 

facilitating the voice workshop Cantos Primitivos/Primal Songs, TrueQué Artist Residency 2017

2.07.2017

artist and frequent collaborator, Mowri, and I submitted our video for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. We couldn't have done it without the amazing work of videographer and director, Julie Jamora! We find out February 28th if we've won! Check out our video below: 

 

12.4.2017

performing at #DecolonizeThisPlace with Bodies of Light + United Melanin Society. A night of gathering, presence and celebration, centering POC, queer, trans and indigenous folk. 

 

3.15.2016

getting started on a music score for 'LA MORENA'-- a multi-media video project bringing together magical realism, movement, and the power of our ancestors and matriarchs. so thrilled to be able to share my music thru different platforms, and continue speaking on what i believe to be true. #thefutureisfemale

grateful to be involved with epochcreativenyc and new york live arts

 

3.5.2016

progress
fivemyles gallery
crown heights, ny
march 5th - march 18th
 

performing all original music with mowri and k1ngrthur at the opening of 'progress' curated by mckenzie angelo seechran and anthonywash. rosado!
performances and installations reflecting on progress through the lens of gentrification.
 

12.21.2015

so happy to be joining unit 52 at INTAR theatre! #migente

"UNIT52 members have access to several master teachers, theatre artists and special invited guests. Each year, the training is determined by the needs and interests of the company in preparation for a public presentation of a play. Acceptance into this program is free and via interview and audition. Guiding this effort is a need to expose young artists to Intar’s history and to the many and varied artists that have gone thru its doors."

 

9.18.2015

you can now binge all ten episodes of 'side track' on youtube! grateful to be part of this project with some amazing ladies. check out my characters title episode below and the rest of the episodes HERE

 

6.27.2015

had the first table read of a new web series called side track where i get to work with an all female team of creatives! i play 'rad kumari', a stand up comedian [obsessed with karaoke] based off of the writer kayla kumari updaya

 

11.11.2014

Find Rangers
Issue #5
"Far From Home"

Find Rangers, "a worldwide collaborative film photography community" based out of San Francisco just published their fifth issue of seriously beautiful printed photos. You can find some of my work along with 80 other international artists in "Far From Home", currently on sale through Book & Job Gallery.

 

 

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