MarÍa José Montijo: Esotérica Tropical
presented by Samavesha
part of the Rose Labyrinth Series
Thursday, June 25, 8:00-9:30PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
see website for ticket details
Harpist, vocalist and songwriter María José Montijo presents an evening of original music, accompanied by a quieter configuration of her full band. María José’s songs grow out of an intuitive process of deep listening and the condition of being fully human in a confusing world. Her lyrics speak of paradoxes: mystery and certainty; doubt and faith; love and solitude; sorrow and connection; exile and feeling at home. Her music is informed by the images and rhythms of the natural world in all its vastness.
María José Montijo’s life changed in 2009 on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, where a friend gave her a used Celtic harp. She began writing hypnotic, haunting songs for harp and voice that incorporate her eclectic musical interests. María José has been featured at the Encuentro del Canto Popular (2013), the Oakland Mayhem Festival (2014), and the San Francisco International Arts Festival (2015). She has played at venues ranging from the Red Poppy Art House to the Hemlock Tavern to Samavesha’s Art in Nature Festival. Recently, she has also been working on an acoustic duo project with local Mexican-American singer-songwriter Diana Gameros. She was the Spring 2015 Performing Artist in Residence at Studio Grand in Oakland. Her debut EP, “Estrellas”, was released in September 2014.