Thanks to The Cut for this cute interview! You can read it HERE <3
NYC musician realness. Thanks Vice & Noisey and all L train commuters.
for the past three months i’ve been an EmergeNYC Fellow.
“The Hemispheric Institute at New York University launched EmergeNYC in 2008 as an incubator for emerging artists working at the intersection of performance and politics. Offering varied entry points into art and activism, the annual programme prioritizes process, discovery and reflection, fostering a ‘brave space’ for experimentation and risk-taking.”
last thursday was our works in progress showing at Abrons Arts Center, where we’ve been meeting every week since April. it was a beautiful, genuine and emotional evening with the cohort sharing newly evolving pieces. i’m feeling so lucky to have been in a space with 17 incredible artists, activists, and organizers.
Photos from our public interventions workshop, led by Ed Woodham and Alicia Grullón
the official music video for "Una Casita [part 2]” premiered via The Fader last week! so excited to share my radical softness with the world. this song is about the incessant search we have as humxns to feel safe and have full autonomy over our cuerpxs, our bodies, our desires, our needs 🌎💫 and i couldn’t have done it without my team of estrellas 🌟:
director: tatiana del fuego @del_fuego
cinematography: warut snidvongs @wsnidvongs
art direction: itzel alejandra martinez @itzelalejandra.gif
hair, makeup & styling: barbara calderon @sadsirena
assistant camera: johnny anderson
pa: mauricio escamilla @el_mowri
Read the full interview with Wilbert C. Cooper + watch the video here >> The Fader: STEFA*’s ‘Una Casita’ video visualizes a home for people to ‘exist without fear’
thanks to Remezcla for including “Sepalina” as part of their The 10 Best Folk-Fusion Songs of 2018 ~ I’m amongst some really heavy hitters so i’m feeling very cute right now!
granted: i’ve always been bad at keeping a journal. and this section of my website is no different. but i’m trying to challenge myself and g r o w so here goes: 2k18 was absolutely wild. i released my debut EP via Figure & Ground Records with the help of the incredible Lily Wen. I shared my music video for ‘Sepalina’ co-directed and edited by one of my favorite humxns, Cristobal Guerra Naranjo. I performed at spaces i had been manifesting like Brooklyn Museum for Cuerpxs Radicales, Rough Trade opening for Balún and Los Walters, National Sawdust for my EP release show with Madame Gandhi and Nublu with La Mecanica Popular. i went on my WAKE UP TOUR to six cities along the east coast. i’ve made new friends through incredible collaborations. my community feels so good right now it’s overwhelming. i’m so looking forward to sharing things that are already bubbling in 2k19 with you all. stay very tuned ~~~
i had to opportunity to speak with amongst artists and cultural icons i admire this weekend at the Working Womxn of Color Conference x 8Ball Community organized by Chroma. i spoke on the Structural Intersectionality panel along with photographer Cruz Valdez. You can listen to the archived conversation here ~~ Chroma Presents: Structural Intersectionality
“Chroma Collective Presents: The Working Woman of Color Conference - mobility and opportunity for women of color.
A 2-day conference employing self-actualization for and by women of color as an organizing principle to think, construct and shape powerful narratives of mobility. Organized with love by June Canedo, Sienna Fekete, and Ladin Awad.“
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~
just got back from Vienna, Austria where I performed in Weiner Festwochen's 'Performeum'! A micro-festival 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'.
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 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.
performing at #DecolonizeThisPlace with Bodies of Light + United Melanin Society. A night of gathering, presence and celebration, centering POC, queer, trans and indigenous folk.
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
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.
so happy to be joining unit 52 at INTAR theatre!
"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."
you can now binge all ten episodes of 'side track' on youtube! grateful to be part of this project with some amazing folx. check out my characters title episode below and the rest of the episodes HERE.
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.
"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.