María José Montijo
Thu, Jul 28, 12:30pm – 1:30pmFree
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Oakland’s María José Montijo is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who knows that music is a potent force for full-spectrum healing. Steeped in the percussion-driven Afro-Puerto Rican tradition known as bomba, she presents her new musical project that blends Caribbean and Latin American electronic landscapes with bomba and folk harp, creating lush and propulsive settings for songs that are prayers to both our ancestors and our future selves. She’s joined by bassist Ayla Dávila, a mainstay on the Bay Area’s creatively roiling Latin music scene for two decades, Dizzy Jenkins on the traditional bomba barril drum and vocals and barril drummer Denise Solis, a founding member of the all-women Las Bomberas de la Bahia, and other guest musicians.