Guadalupe Peraza, Mezzo-Soprano/Founder & Artistic Director (Mexico City) ▼
Guadalupe Peraza, Mezzo-Soprano
Founder & Artistic Director
(Mexico City) ▼
Mexican Mezzo-soprano, Artistic Director and arts promoter
internationally on both concert and opera stages.
In 2016 she created Mexamorphosis, a cross-cultural production involving diverse disciplines and music styles including Mexican Son Jarocho, dance and visual arts. Guadalupe was awarded “Mexican Woman of the Year” by the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners in Union City, NJ for her contributions to the Latin American community. Along with the former ambassador of Ireland in Mexico, Barbara Jones and the Irish Embassy of Mexico, she conceived, produced and performed cross-cultural collaborations for the St. Patrick’s day celebrations in Mexico at the Metropolitan Theater of Querétaro, and The Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico in collaboration with Mick Moloney and Green Fields of America in 2018. This concept was successfully reproduced at a sold-out Symphony Space in New York City and at the majestic Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris in Mexico City in 2018 and 2019.
Her 2022 season includes engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Bard College, as well as appearances as a guest soloist in Nariño, Colombia. In June 22, 2022, she was a featured soloist at the Chaconne Project with The American Classical Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Crawford, after their previous recording of this project in 2020.
In 2021 she was awarded the City Artist Corps Grant in NYC which culminated in a cross-cultural collaboration featuring early music and folk music from Western Europe, Turkey and Veracruz, Mexico. She was also a featured soloist with the Gotham Early Music Scene’s Open Gates Project The Divine Feminine. In the 2018-2020 season, Peraza performed as alto soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, was a featured soloist at St. Patrick's Cathedral
Highlights of previous seasons have included solo performances in Mexico at the Fernando Soler Theater City in Saltillo; the Degollado Theatre in Guadalajara; and Mexico City’s Roberto Cantoral Hall, Bellas Artes Theatre and Nezahualcoyotl Hall. She was a featured soloist in Mozart's Requiem with early music specialists The Sebastians in 2017; at the Bard Music Festival Preview in 2015 and at the 2015 Opera America Conference, hosted by Washington National Opera in Washington, DC. She has participated in various productions at New York City Opera, and Bard Summerscape, and has sung at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center. The mezzo’s honors include first prize in the fifteenth annual Francisco Araiza Voice Competition in Mexico City.
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The Opera News described her singing: “displayed a rich,
expressive soprano that never lost focus.” As an opera
singer, Hsin-Mei Chang has performed at various
internationally acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall,
Saint Patrick Cathedral, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor
International Music Festival and National Concert Hall.
July 2022, she was invited to give solo recitals at Cité
Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
She received several awards that encouraged her to pursue a career in opera. The most notable ones are Friends of Eastman Opera Competition (first prize) judged by The Metropolitan Opera manager Lenore Rosenberg and Chi-Mei Art Foundation scholarship. Chang holds a Master of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music (number 1 ranked in the U.S. in 2011 and 2012).
She has been living in New York City since 2013 and the city has helped mold her into a compassionate and seasoned musician.
Over the years she has developed a strong passion for vocal teaching. Currently, her singing courses have drawn over hundreds of students to study under her guidance.
In September, 2022, Chang launched her recorded online singing course.
Yacouba Sissoko, Master Kora Player (Kita, Mali) ▼
Master Kora Player (Kita, Mali) ▼
Master kora player Yacouba Sissoko devotes his musical
gift toward expanding the awareness of West African
history and culture, spreading the word of peace, and
empowering his listeners to take charge and realize their
imagined futures. His flexible virtuosity, which enables him
to move seamlessly from one musical genre to another,
has attracted the attention of an array of collaborators.
Yacouba has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC; the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles; the New York Family Arts Festival; the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park, Chicago; the Portland Jazz Festival; the Detroit Jazz Festival; and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Yacouba gives back to the community through his work with La Maison d'Art Gallery in Harlem and performances for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational, and Cultural Center. He provides workshops and presentations to primary school and university students, and was selected as a Teaching Artist in 2007 by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and Carnegie's Musical Explorers program. Currently, Yacouba can be seen performing regularly with Regina Carter and his own band, SIYA.
Baba Moussa, native of Mali, West Africa, is a percussionist and Talking Drum specialist. He has performed internationally across Africa and the USA at stages such as Carnegie Hall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The New Mexico Music Festival, International Brooklyn Art Festival, and the Boston BAM Festival. He performs regularly throughout New York City and every month at Lunatico Bar in Brooklyn with the group SIIYA.
Victor Murillo, Requinto (Santa Bárbara, CA, USA/Mexico) ▼
Victor Murillo, Requinto
(Santa Bárbara, CA, USA/Mexico) ▼
Victor Murillo is a touring artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, film score composer, and educator. He is known for his work as a bass player within both traditional worlds of jazz and Mexican folk. Victor takes both musics internationally, performing with artists like Lila Downs, La Marisoul, and The Hot Sardines. He studied composition for film at Berklee School of Music and then moved to New York City to get his masters degree in jazz. You can also catch Victor producing music for numerous successful artists and films.
Michael K. Harrist, Turkish Yaylı Tambur, Double-Bass & Percussion (Boston, USA) ▼
Michael K. Harrist, Turkish Yaylı Tambur,
Double-Bass & Percussion
(Boston, USA) ▼
Michael K. Harrist is a New York City based
multi-instrumentalist and educator, specializing in
contrabass and yaylı tanbur. Michael works in a wide array
of traditions, most notably Turkish art and folk music, Jazz,
Western Classical music, North Indian music, and
American roots music. Michael has concertized across the
Americas, Europe and Asia with various ensembles
including Labyrinth Ontario Ensemble, Ameranouche,
Çeşni Trio, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Orchestrotica,
Capillary Action, and Mitos Orchestra. He is the artistic
director of Halcyon Arts New England and maintains a
robust teaching studio.
A disciple of W. A., Michael has also studied under Ross Daly, Melisa Yildirim, Ramesh Mishra, George Ruckert, Suhail Yusuf Khan, Fred Stubbs, and Evgenios Voulgaris.
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Markus Kaitila (b. Helsinki, 1992) has appeared as a
soloist with Joutseno Art Summer, Wratislavia, St.
Peter’s Festival, Queens College, and Jackson
Heights chamber orchestras, and One World and
New Amsterdam Symphony orchestras, under
conductors such as Tong Chen and Charles Neidich.
He won Bronze Prize in the 2nd WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2020 and First Prize at the Köhler-Osbahr piano competition (Duisburg) in 2013. Additionally, he has won First and Second Prizes in national chamber music competitions (Juvenalia, E. Melartin).
A self-taught jaranero (player of the jarana), Pablo
is a sought after musician in the Son Jarocho
tradition. A member of Son de Madera, he has
collaborated with such artists as Zenén Zeferino,
Los Pájaros del Alba, Citlaly Malpica, Los
Fandangueros del Sur, Honorio Robledo, Semilla
Son Urbano, among others.
In other genres he has collaborated with artists such as Rosy Arango, "El Búho", Guadalupe Peraza, Vico Díaz, Nirl Cano, "Chelo" Vaca, Xinto, La Especialidad de la Casa and Ik Balam Trío among others.
Pablo composed and recorded the original soundtrack for the movie “Los Atardeceres Rojos” (2017). He has given various jarana/jarocha workshops in Mexico and beyond.
Rodrigo Díaz Bueno, Violoncello, (Madrid, Spain) ▼
Rodrigo Díaz Bueno, Violoncello,
(Madrid, Spain) ▼
Spanish by birth, Rodrigo Díaz Bueno is a conductor,
cellist, concert producer and director of music education
programs. A graduate of the Madrid Royal Conservatory of
Music, he was principal cellist of the San Sebastián de los
Reyes Symphony Orchestra, the SSMM Los Reyes de
España Symphony Band and the Madrid Youth Symphony
In Mexico, he has been principal cellist of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Superior Institute of Music of the State of Veracruz. In 2009 he was invited to be part of the Esperanza Azteca project in the state of Chiapas, where he founded 5 orchestras: 3 in the municipalities of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tapachula and San Cristóbal de las Casas. He also served as Artistic Director at the Esperanza Azteca State Orchestra the Orquesta Esperanza Azteca Sureste. Within the Esperanza Azteca project, he was selected to create the Esperanza Azteca Propaedeutic-Pre-University project at a national level.
Rodrigo has also served as the Artistic Director of the José Vasconcelos Symphony Orchestra, Director of Regional and Traditional Music Learning Development, Regional Music Coordinator of the 12 Orchestras of the New Mexican School of CDMX and Creative Director and Conductor of the music education program at a distance: Learn Music at Home.
He has composed music for the play "Quijote" by the Spanish theater company L'Om-Imprebís, (where he also participated as an actor), and Aquiles y Pentesilea under the direction of Santiago Sánchez.
In Mexico, he worked for two years as a music composer for EDUSAT (Educational Television). He was also invited to create the music for two documentaries by Mexican filmmakers Marisa Zuleta and Jaime Cruz: "¿Qué más quieres saber?" and “Así es amigo...Acá.”
He was the founder of the theater, humor and music company Ron Lalá and the Camerata Jarocha del Sotavento.
He has also participated in various record recordings by Mono Blanco, Susana Harp, Javier Krahe, Steven Brown, among others.
Mateo Villamil, Mexamoprhosis Operations Manager / Creative Writer ▼
Mexamoprhosis Operations Manager /
Creative Writer ▼
A journalist and writer, Mateo has been published in both print
and digital media at spaces such as Punto de Partida, Punto en
Línea, Por Esto!, Tierra Adentro, Juventudes Iberoamericanas,
Efecto Antabus y Crónicas de Asfalto.
He has been awarded the PECDA grant in the category of Young Creators (2017 - 2018) and was the winner of the contest 51 de Punto de Partida of the The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the category of chronicle.
He was selected to complete Daniela Rea’s Periodismo de investigación (Research Journalism) with a sponsorship by Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas (the foundation of Mexican letters) and the Casa-Estudio Cien años de soledad.
Led by Mezzo-Soprano, Founder and Artistic Director Guadalupe Peraza,
Mexamorphosis showcases connections between contemporary regional
Mexican styles and European early music, drawing out influences from
Iberia and West Africa. Mexamorphosis is a celebration of musical
diversity from different centuries and cultures. We present cross-cultural
programs that question the boundaries drawn between “folk music” and
“classical music”, street and concert hall, old world and new world.
Mexamorphosis makes room for each artist to speak their tradition freely,
to see themselves through their colleagues and to create new and
remembered modes of expression.
Our mission is to establish cultural bridges by fostering a participatory community in which artists and audiences alike feel a sense of belonging. Each performance introduces a rotating cast of highly talented guest artists from different backgrounds. Previous interdisciplinary performances have brought together musicians and dancers from traditions like Son Jarocho, Irish traditional music, early western music and Turkish music, as well as multimedia elements from artists in live video mapping, traditional visual art and aerial dance. We have performed at intimate venues and metropolitan theaters in Mexico and the USA.
Leonor Sanginés García
Erin Beth Harrist
Anthony and Eloise Brown
In kind donations and contributions:
Paul and Hannah Holmes, Zenen Zeferino, Mary Wooten, David Enlow, Rodrigo Díaz Bueno, Michael K. Harrist, Meave Treacy
Your donations allow us to continue to support our musicians and to bring back to you projects like this one.
Thank you to all of our donors!