21 Cartas - Darrell Grant with Edna Vazquez and Adolfo Cantu-Villareal
May 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

Tickets $30 general, $20 senior, $10 students with ID
$5 tickets available at the door with Oregon Trail Card
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Jazz pianist/composer Darrell Grant and Mexican composer/singer/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, struggles, and dreams expressed by those who have risked everything in pursuit of better lives for their children.
Interwoven with filmmaker Adolfo Cantu-Villareal’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.
Darrell Grant | 7:30 PM
Since the 1994 release of his debut album "Black Art," selected one of the year's top ten jazz CD's by the New York Times, Darrell Grant has built an international reputation as a pianist, composer, and educator. He has performed extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs and concert stages to major jazz festivals. His critically-acclaimed albums as a leader include Spirit, Truth and Reconciliation, and The Territory. Grant was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he was the first recipient of the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts from Portland State University, where he is a Professor of Music and directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute. He and was the composer for the OPB special “JazzTown” and was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. more >>>
Edna Vazquez | 7:30 PM
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based Latin American singer-songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music. She lifts the audience's spirits during her cathartic live performances with a vocal range that allows her to transition seamlessly between folk, rock, pop and Mariachi, all while exploring jazz stylings. Edna's songs are deeply rooted in universal human emotion and she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love and cultural healing.

Edna is currently touring in support of her most recent release, Sola Soy, which features 13 original tracks backed by her band, including the singles ‘Corazonada’ and ‘Psícodelica’. Sola Soy was created with crowd-funding support to the tune of $20k and was released in late-2015 to local acclaim with a sold out performance at the Old Church in Portland, OR.

Born in the Mexican state of Colima but raised in Jalisco, Edna spent half of her life immersed in the culture and music of Mexico and Latin America, moving to the United States as a teenager. Her passion for music and performance was born from these bicultural roots and has led her on a path of self-discovery through song that has brought her success at each turn in the road. Whether sharing the stage with her musical influences or winning the first prize on Sabado Gigante with her rendition of Cucurrucucú Paloma, Edna’s spirit and powerful vocal performance have been the cornerstone of her career. more >>>