MIRROR BUTTERFLY "Stoneflower Requiem" by the Afro Yaqui Music Collective
MIRROR BUTTERFLY: a migration liberation suite w/Afro Yaqui Music Collective/Innova Records (Pittsburgh). Premiered at New Hazlett Theater Oct 11-12, 2018 (Pittsburgh) and Kennedy Center Millenium Stage November 23, 2018 (Washington DC); developed by Nov 4, 2018 National Ensemble Theater conference plenary performance (Tucson); NPN showcase Dec 14-15, 2018 (Pittsburgh); at the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum Apr 6-8, 2019 (Kurdistan, Iraq); and released on Innova Records at Red Rooster/Ginny's Supper Club (Harlem); on Aug 3, 2019. Excerpts have already been featured on howlround, the New Sounds playlist, on 91.3 WYEP Aug 27, 2019 with interview on the revolutionary responsibility of being an artist and partnership with the Yaqui Námakasia Radio, which receives all CD sales, and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem on October 3, 2019 as part of the Jazz and Social Justice salon. MIRROR BUTTERFLY is an epic multicultural jazz opera that unites the music and stories of climate refugees from Mexico, Syria, and West Africa. Performed by the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, an indigenous-jazz band led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez and Ben Barson with Samuel Okoh-Boateng featuring interviews with former Black Panther Mama C exiled in Tanzania, Wanlove a kubolor from Ghana, and Azize an activist working with Syrian Rojava and Mexican Zapatistas.