21 Cartas Live at Walters Cultural Arts Center

by Edna Vazquez, Darrell Grant

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Jazz pianist/composer Darrell Grant and singer-songwriter/guitarist Edna Vazquez unite to create a powerful set of songs based on letters written by mothers at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX—a for-profit prison for refugees in the US—about what it means to be in jail on Mother's Day. Drawing on the composers’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, the bilingual songs of 21 Cartas range from lullabies and hymns to battle cries. Together they address the hopes, hardships, struggles, and dreams expressed by those who have risked everything in pursuit of better lives for their children. Interwoven with filmmaker Adolfo Cantu-Villarreal’s evocative portraits of Portland, Oregon’s immigrant community, 21 Cartas represents the legacy of bravery, the search for justice, and power of a mother’s love that are common to the multitude of immigrant stories that define our country.

El pianista y compositor de jazz Darrel Grant junto con la guitarrista y compositora Edna Vázquez, se unen en una colaboración musical para crear canciones basadas en cartas escritas por madres desde el South Texas Family Residential Center en Dilley, Texas; una prisión con fines de lucro para refugiados en los EE.UU. Las cartas relatan lo que significa pasar el Día de Las Madres tras las rejas. Influenciadas por la diversidad de cultura y experiencia musical de los compositores, las canciones bilingües de 21 Cartas exploran distintos estilos musicales; desde himnos de gritos de guerra hasta canciones de cuna. Atraves de su música exponen las esperanzas, batallas, y sueños de ellos que han arriesgado todo en búsqueda de una mejor vida para sus hijos. Acentuado con los retratos creados por el cineasta AdolfoCantú-Villarreal de la comunidad de inmigrantes de Portland, Oregon; 21 Cartas enaltece el legado de valentía, dignidad, y poder que gesta el amor de una madre.


released May 13, 2019

Music and lyrics by Edna Vazquez and Darrell Grant (except "Wade in the Water")
Recorded by Shira Otchis, She Rock Sound.


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