Joelle Wallach’s Lagrimas y Locuras: Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be presented by pianist Ana Cervantes as part of her Flights and Visionaries concert on Saturday, March 9 – 8:30 PM at Teatro Nazas, located at C. Cepeda 155 Sur, Col.Centro in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. This event celebrates International Women’s Day and is presented by the association Mujeres Salvando Mujeres.
In Lagrimas y Locuras, Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman, Joelle Wallach returns to her interest in music which expresses a specific inner life, a particular psychological landscape. Based on the Mexican folksong La Llorona, and commissioned by Ms. Cervantes from Ms. Wallach as part of her Song of the Monarch, Women in Mexico project, Lagrimas y Locuras reveals the inner monologue of La Llorona herself as she haunts the banks of Mexican waterways, railing against her fate, the betrayal of her lover and the result of her own impetuous rage.
Also on the program are other Song of the Monarch solo piano works by a Brazil’s Silvia Berg, Colombia’s Alba Potes, Spain’s Pilar Jurado, the U.S.’s Anne LeBaron and Mexico’s Gabriela Ortíz, and Georgina Derbez. Ms. Cervantes will also present works by C.P.E. Bach and Debussy. More about the Song of the Monarch project at http://cantodelamonarca.com/eng.html.
For more about the March 9 concert, visit Teatro Nazas Spanish-language site at http://www.teatronazas.com.mx/new/examples.html.
Critics praise Ana Cervantes as “a physical, emotional performer with mastery of tone and color,” as an artist of “commanding intensity” with “great interpretive qualities, enormous passion,” and as “ambassadress for the music of Mexico.” She has performed, taught and been part of residencies throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Much more about Ana Cervantes at http://cervantespiano.com/.
The 4Tay label has released two new CDs of Dr. Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a critically acclaimed collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach2. More about her at http://www.joellewallach.com.