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Gateway City Arts, Cimarrón
July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cimarrón performs joropo music from the Plains of the Orinoco River with a global and contemporary sound. Their powerful scenic force achieves a unique blend of its Andalusian, Indigenous American and African roots, with an impetuous and deep ethnic singing, amazing stomp dance and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussions.
Diana Alvarez’s spellbinding performances create an atmosphere where you can hear a “pin drop.” Alvarez’s music sets are bilingual and soulful, and her original songs exalt queer love, liberation, and fiercely sing out against oppression. Dr. Alvarez is the singer-songwriter, poet, composer, and documentary filmmaker behind the multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera, described by the press as “a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color.” Quiero Volver was produced by Smith College at the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, Massachusetts) in 2018. At the Academy of Music, the performance event raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives through the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2019, Diana Alvarez is at work recording her first original studio album, Ser Artista.