Avotcja's 72nd Birthday Bash
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
AVOTCJA's 72nd BIRTHDAY BASH
VAL SERRANT (Master Percussionist)
(& Dancer) AVA SQUARE LeVIAS
KIRK LUMPKIN, TUREEDA MIKELL
(Chokwadi, Muteado & Mark G)
KAYLAH MARIN & TASHA KAME
AUGUSTA LEE COLLINS
(Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame)
members of AVOTCJA & MODÚPUE
(Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame Jazz Band
of the Year 2005 & 2010)
THE BAY AREA BLUES SOCIETY
Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe. She’s an award winning Poet & multiinstrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru's Susana Baca at San Francisco’s Encuentro Popular & Cuba’s Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles' Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc. Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Diane DiPrima, Jayne Cortez, & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modupue. Avotcja both composed & performed the film score for the Danish documentary MuNu. Her Poetry &/or music has been recorded by Piri Thomas, Famadou Don Moye (of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, & performed by The Purple Moon Dance Project, and was the 1st Poetry performed by New York's Dance Mobile. She's appeared at The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in S. F., The AsianAmerican Jazz Festivals in Chicago& San Francisco. She's been featured 5 times at Afro-Solo, twice at San Francisco's Carnival, The Scottish Rite Temple, Yoshi's Oakland & S.F., Club Le Monmartre in Copenhagen Denmark, Stanford University, New York's Henry Street Settlement Theater and The Women On The Way Festival in San Francisco. Avotcja a is popular Bay Area DJ & Radio Personality & leader of the group “Avotcja & Modúpue” (The Bay Area Blues Society’s Jazz Group Of The Year in 2005 & 2010) & teaches Creative Writing & Drama & thanks to the California Arts Council she was also Artist in Residence at the Milestones Project & S.F. Penal System. Avotcja is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Org.), PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools, IWWG & an ASCAP recording artist.
When & Where
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.