María José Montijo: Esotérica Tropical
As part of the Rose Labyrinth Series
Harpist, vocalist and songwriter María José Montijo presents an evening of original music, accompanied by a quieter configuration of her full band. María José’s songs grow out of an intuitive process of deep listening and the condition of being fully human in a confusing world. Her lyrics speak of paradoxes: mystery and certainty; doubt and faith; love and solitude; sorrow and connection; exile and feeling at home. Her music is informed by the images and rhythms of the natural world in all its vastness.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Open doors: 7:30pm
Rose Labyrinth – 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
(1 mile walk from Downtown Berkeley BART & in the middle of the Gourmet Ghetto!)
Online ticket sales end at 5 PM the day before the event. Tickets will still be available at the door at an extra charge.
Bio: María José Montijo’s life changed in 2009 on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, where a friend gave her a used Celtic harp. She began writing hypnotic, haunting songs for harp and voice that incorporate her eclectic musical interests. María José has been featured at the Encuentro del Canto Popular (2013), the Oakland Mayhem Festival (2014), and the San Francisco International Arts Festival (2015). She has played at venues ranging from the Red Poppy Art House to the Hemlock Tavern to Samavesha’s Art in Nature Festival. Recently, she has also been working on an acoustic duo project with local Mexican-American singer-songwriter Diana Gameros. She was the Spring 2015 Performing Artist in Residence at Studio Grand in Oakland. Her debut EP, “Estrellas”, was released in September 2014. More info: mariajosemontijo.bandcamp.com/releases and soundcloud.com/mariajosemontijo