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MUJERES DE LUNA
Songs by Cuban Women Composers
Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta went on a search in the rich and beautiful musical history of her motherland. She discovered new and original music, composed by women. Estrella presented these songs on her tour of the Netherlands, the country where she lives and works for many years, with imaginative arrangements in a new and contemporary instrumentation.
In 2017 the theater concert 'Mujeres de Luna' was performed in 11 theaters all over The Netherlands. Estrella's top Latin jazz quintet, together with the all female Pavadita String Quartet, gave the audience a unique perspective on these talented women of Cuba. 'How great - this concert takes you to a world made by women' said Mijke Loeven, now director of the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, at the premiere at De Doelen in Rotterdam.
Now the music of 'Mujeres de Luna' is also available for international bookings, with all nine musicians or in a more compact version for jazz quintet. Also, the cd of the same name is available for download from this site.
Female Cuban composers as source of inspiration
"Women always played an important role in Cuban music, but outside of Cuba their contribution as composers and singer-songwriters has often been neglected," says Estrella Acosta. Over the years they have provided outstanding and essential contributions to this rich history.
During the concert Mujeres de Luna we see where their music comes from and how the composers developed their own style and career. Estrella: "With this homage I would like to encourage all women to also follow their own path and realize their ideals."
Mujeres de Luna - Women in Cuban Music
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano, musical director), Efraim Trujillo (sax/flute), Samuel Ruiz (double bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Pavadita String Quartet: Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello)
The program consists of pieces by Maria Cervantes (1885-1981), Maria Teresa Vera (1895-1965), Margarita Lecuona (1910-1981), Teresita Fernández (1930-2013), Elda Carrillo (1933-2009), Marta Valdés (1934), Liuba Maria Hevia (1964), Lázara Ribadavia (1966) and Yaima Orozco (1980).
New arrangements for this line-up were written by Hilario Durán, Marc Bischoff and Michael Simon.