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“In support of the […BESAME MUCHO EP, recent collaboration with Pink Martini, Vázquez…] expands with the band in an extensive North American “Silver Jubilee” tour into the fall, with performances at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, San Francisco’s SFJazz, Boston’s Berklee Performance Center and more. On October 13, Pink Martini will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, celebrating 25 years since the group performed their first show. In the years since, Pink Martini’s albums have collectively sold over 3 million copies worldwide, all on the band’s own label, Heinz Records. The Times describes the group as “one of the world’s most elegant live bands,” while Huffington Post calls their music “a timely balm for a spiritually bruised country.”.The ensemble has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide including performances with the Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic…In addition to Vazquez and Herrod, Pink Martini band members include Thomas Lauderdale (piano), China Forbes (lead vocals), Storm Large (vocals), Robert Taylor (trombone), Antonis Andreou (trombone), Gavin Bondy (trumpet), Nicholas Crosa (violin), Pansy Chang (cello), Dan Faehnle (guitar), Philip Emilio Baker (upright bass), Timothy Nishimoto (vocals & percussion), Brian Lavern Davis (congas, drums & percussion), Miguel Bernal (congas & percussion), Andrew Borger (drums & percussion) and Reinhardt Melz (drums & percussion)…” Post extracted from Pink Martini’s previously released posts four Fall Tour press. (With some additions marked)

Photo by Kale Chesney
Portland, OR 2019

“Be moved by the power of every phrase [Colima]/Jalisco, Mexico–born vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Edna Vazquez sings. Passionate, poetic, and inspired by folk, rock, pop, and R&B, her strikingly original music is powered by her expressive vocals, fiery guitar playing, and lively contributions from her band. Life, love, compassion, and cultural healing are the cornerstones of her music—it will touch your heart and delight your ears. 

Edna Vazquez, Singer-Songwriter”

“Beloved Oregon-based “little orchestra” Pink Martini will release two new 5-song studio EPs on October 4 via Heinz Records featuring fan-favorite collaborators: Bésame Mucho with Edna Vazquez and Tomorrow with Jimmie Herrod. Pre-order the EPs now HERE and HERE..Vazquez and Herrod are the two newest members of Pink Martini and have been touring regularly with the band since late 2017. As featured guest singers, their contributions have been warmly received by Pink Martini fans. Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale  conceived of and co-produced this double EP release as a way to showcase his enthusiasm for these new musical collaborations.”

BÉSAME MUCHO WITH EDNA VAZQUEZ

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Edna Vázquez With PINK MARTINI TOUR DATES

September 6—Woodinville, WA—Chateau Saint Michelle
September 7—Sherwood, OR—Bella Madrona GardensSeptember 20-21—Winnipeg, Canada—Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
September 23 —Toronto, Canada—Roy Thompson Hall
September 24—St-Eustache, Canada—Le Zénith de St-Eustache
September 26—Joliet, Canada—Salle Rolland-Brunelle
September 27—Lake Placid, NY—Lake Placid Center for the ArtsSeptember 28—Princeton, NJ—McCarter Theatre
September 29—New Haven, CT—Shubert Theater
October 1—Red Bank, NJ—Count Basie Theatre
October 3—Morristown, NJ—Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 4—Wilmington, DE—Grand Opera House
October 5—Bethlehem, PA—Zoellner Arts Center
October 6—Ottawa, Canada—National Arts Centre
October 8—Quebec, Canada—Grand Theatre de Quebec
October 10—Halifax, Canada—Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
October 11—Moncton, Canada—Capitol Theatre
October 13—Washington, DC—Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
October 14—York, PA—Appell Center for the Performing Arts
October 18—Great Barrington, MA—Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
October 20—Portland, ME—Aura
October 21—East Saint Johnsbury, VT—Fuller Hall at St. Johnsbury Academy
October 23—Burlington, VT—Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
October 24—Troy, NY—Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
October 25—Collingswood, NJ—Scottish Rite Auditorium
October 26-27—Boston, MA—Berklee Performance Center
October 29—Huntington, NY—The Paramount
October 30—New York, NY—The Beacon Theatre
December 1—Medford, OR—The Collier Center for Performing ArtsDecember 2—Arcata, CA—Van Duzer Theatre
December 3—Monterey, CA—Golden State Theatre
December 4—San Luis Obispo, CA—Performing Arts Center CalPoly
December 8—Santa Barbara, CA—Arlington Theatre
December 10-15—San Francisco, CA—SFJazz
December 17—Davis, CA—Mondavi Center
December 18—Redding, CA—Cascade TheatreMarch 4-8—Palm Desert, CA—McCallum Theatres

Photo by Betsy Martínez
“Lightly fly little bird
For you are a universal dreamer,
Go flying earnestly
Know your pain ceases once you fly

Fly and never stop
As there are no borders in the sky
Fly even if you never return
As if you were birthing life itself” (By Edna Vazquez)




“21 Cartas explores the issue of immigration by amplifying the human stories behind the headlines.

Jazz pianist/composer Darrell Grant and singer/songwriter Edna Vazquez unite to create a powerful set of songs based on letters written by mothers at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX—a for-profit prison for refugees in the US—about what it means to be in jail on Mother’s Day. Drawing on the composers’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, the bilingual songs of 21 Cartas range from lullabies and hymns to battle cries. Together they address the hopes, hardships, struggles, and dreams expressed by those who have risked everything in pursuit of better lives for their children. Interwoven with filmmaker Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal’s evocative portraits of Portland, Oregon’s immigrant community, 21 Cartas represents the legacy of bravery, the search for justice, and power of a mother’s love that are common to the multitude of immigrant stories that define our country. “

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“21 Cartas” Es un proyecto que explora el tema de la inmigración,
amplificando las historias humanas detrás de los titulares.

El pianista y compositor de jazz Darrel Grant junto con la guitarrista y compositora Edna Vazquez, se unen en una colaboración musical para crear canciones basadas en cartas escritas por madres desde South Texas Family Residential Center en Dilley, Texas; una prisión con fines de lucro para refugiados en los EE.UU. Las cartas relatan lo que significa pasar el Día de Las Madres tras las rejas.
Influenciadas por la diversidad de cultura y experiencia musical de los compositores, las canciones bilingües de 21 Cartas exploran distintos estilos musicales; desde himnos de gritos de guerra hasta canciones de cuna. A través de su música exponen las esperanzas, batallas, y sueños de ellos que han arriesgado todo en búsqueda de una mejor vida para sus hijos. Acentuado con los retratos creados por el cineasta Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal de la comunidad de inmigrantes de Portland, Oregon; 21 Cartas enaltece el legado de valentía, dignidad, y poder que gesta el amor de una madre.”