Estrella Acosta

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2017 :   Mujeres de Luna -
Celebrating the great female composers of Cuba

            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.

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 Valdès (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.

The music of Mujeres de Luna is now available on CD or for download from this site, see RECORDINGS.

pijl   Listen to Mujeres de Luna on Bandcamp


The Mujeres de Luna tour was made possible by the Performing Arts Fund FPK

TOUR 2017 :  
vr 26 mei De Doelen, Rotterdam
ma 2 oktober Concordia, Enschede
zo 8 oktober KAF Theater, Almere
zo 15 oktober De Harmonie/Hothouse Redbad, Leeuwarden
do 26 oktober Theater De Kom, Nieuwegein
zo 29 oktober BIMhuis, Amsterdam
vr 17 november Theater De Willem, Papendrecht
vr 24 november Theater Griffioen, Amstelveen
za 2 december Agora Theater, Lelystad
vr 8 december Ostade Theater, Amsterdam
vr 15 december Theater Ludens, Voorburg

BEFORE 2017:




Concerts included Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana, Cuba, Meer Jazz Festival, Deventer Schouwburg, and North Sea Around Town in Rotterdam.


Sunfest Festival in London (Ontario), Canada, Festival Dias Latinos in Amersfoort, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Wassenaar.


Estrella presents her CD 'Esquina 25' at De Doelen, Rotterdam and BIMhuis, Amsterdam.


Various gigs around Holland and in Austin, TX, USA.


Brasil Festival in De Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam, Kunstkerk Dordrecht, Posthuis Theater Heerenveen and more.


10 Years Estrella's Guajira at BIMhuis, De Harmoníe in Leeuwarden, SAIL Amsterdam, and various theatres.


Estrella's 'Canto de Cuba' + Esquina 25 theater tour, a.o. De Tobbe, Lux Nijmegen, Agora ; Film By The Sea festival, Vlissingen.


With Carel Kraayenhof and Metropole Orchestra at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Philips Muziekcentrum in Eindhoven; theaters and festivals in NL, Anchorage, Alaska, and Seattle, USA.


Winternachten Festival Den Haag, Concert tour in US with Estrella's Guajira at festivals and clubs: a.o. Madison World Music, Chicago World Music, and Toronto, Canada.


Festival Dias Latinos in Amersfoort, various festivals and theaters in NL.


North Sea Jazz Festival, Festival Mundial Tilburg, Toured 10 major theaters in Holland a.o. Anton Philipszaal in Den Haag.


15-theater tour in The Netherlands, incl. Vredenburg Utrecht, Chassé theater Breda, Kleine Komedie Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam.


'Cuban Country Songs' tour in 14 Dutch theaters with Estrella's Guajira.




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