Raquel Z. Rivera and Tanya Torres’ “Canción de la Magdalena”

Canción de la Magdalena [Song of Mary Magdalene] is a visual and musical project by painter Tanya Torres and songwriter Raquel Z. Rivera. The project explores the mythical figure of Mary Magdalene, through works of art, an artist’s book, and a music CD by Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofía entitled Las 7 salves de La Magdalena, inspired by traditional Puerto Rican folk music, bomba and Dominican “Hail Mary” prayers. These artists will be on tour this month (October 2010) in Puerto Rico with the participation of cuatro player, guitarist, and musical director Bryan Vargas, singer Catarina Dos Santos, and singer and percussionist Magic Mejía. All events are free and open to the public.

The tour dates in Puerto Rico are as follow: October 15, 7:00pm at Museo Porta Coeli, San Germán; October 16, 7:00pm at Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular [National Foundation for Popular Culture, 56 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan (with guest participation of percussionist Héctor “Tito” Matos, bassist Javier Curet, and pianist Brenda Hopkins Miranda).

There will also be art exhibitions and lectures on October 21 at 10:00am at Metropolitan University, 1399 Ana G. Méndez Avenue in Cupey and 8:00pm at La Tertulia Bookstore, 1002 Ponce de León Avenue in Río Piedras; and also on October 23, 7:00pm, at the Marina Arzola Cultural Center in Guayanilla.

Raquel Z. Rivera, author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone and co-editor of Reggaeton explains, “Mary Magdalene is the Bible’s redeemed prostitute for some, the wife of Jesus Christ to others, but through our project, Canción de la Magdalena, we welcome this mythical character as a source of creative inspiration and muse.” [Also see Song of the Magdalene CD Release and Art Exhibit and New Album: Raquel Z. Rivera’s “Las 7 salves de La Magdalena”.]

For more information on the Canción de la Magdalena Project, see www.canciondelamagdalena.com

To listen to the CD, go to www.ojosdesofia.com

To purchase originals or reproductions of Tanya Torres’ artwork, visit www.canciondelamagdalena.com

You may also contact Raquel Z. Rivera at (646) 266-7182 or raquel@ojosdesofia.com and Tanya Torres at (646) 267-9681, tanyaetorres@yahoo.com, or www.tanyatorres.com

For a contact for events in Puerto Rico, call Benjamín Muñiz at (787) 602-3107 or sarava@gmail.com

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