¿Mujer o Bruja? (Woman or Witch?) is a new multimedia collaboration between the Tiptons Sax Quartet and award-winning Latin American music duo Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin, who also conceived and directs the show) and digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai.
Award-winning all-female ensemble the Tiptons Sax Quartet (Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Tina Richerson and Sue Orfield on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, clarinet, piano, accordion, bass guitar, percussion, electronics, voices) is collaborating for the first time with Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin on guitar, cuatro, jarana, Venezuelan harp, violin, maracas, quijada, bombo, voices), a multi-instrumental duo recognized internationally for their mastery in interpreting and creating music based on Latin American cultures. Digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai is orchestrating the visual narrative for the ensemble’s original music and narration.
Inspired by Riane Eisler’s book The Chalice & The Blade and based on the archeological research of Maria Gimbutas and many other scholars, ¿Mujer O Bruja? draws us into rich sonic and visual worlds, looking at the history of feminine cosmology based upon birth, life, death and re-generation, and connected deeply with Nature and our own true nature as nature within the web of life. The project examines the effects of Dominator systems, the Mexican/American border, and includes a surreal cabaret, a story about a Mayan heroine and her bees, and other surprises.
¿Mujer O Bruja? tells an evolutionary myth for our times about the mysteries of transformation and the possibilities of Gylany, or Partnership. Partnership with our living Mother Earth, each other and all beings, our kin in the cosmic web of life.
This project is made possible in part by support from 4Culture, Earshot Jazz, the 2021 South Arts Creative Residency Award, Nonsequitur and Seattle Composers Alliance. We give grateful acknowledgement to Seattle Drum School and to Kenyon Hall for rehearsal space support.
Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: For all in-person events, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours required for venue entry. Masks required indoors. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing (households may group together). Windows open weather permitting.