Join us for the closing reception of Songs for Women Living with War.  Curated by artist, find  Johanna Poethig, pilule Songs for Women Living with War presents a “Living Memorial” and anti-war monument of an installation and series of public workshops, presentations, performances and discussions. This is the second iteration of “Songs for Women Living with War.” Three academic departments at Cal State Monterey Bay joined forces in Spring 2016 to create a series of public art installations, performances and discussions with the same theme.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Johanna Poethig and VPA (Visual and Public Art Dept.) CSU Monterey Bay, Eliza Barrios, Binh Danh, Lola Remedios Felias, Kija Lucas, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Angelica Muro, Anne Perez, Delfina Piretti, Jadelynn Stahl, and Jenifer Wofford

CLOSING RECEPTION PUBLIC PROGRAM:

6:30pm Songs by Evelie Delfino Såles Posch/WIGband, Barbara Golden & Johanna Poethig

Introduction by Stephanie Anne Johnson

7:00pm Rhodessa Jones

7:30pm Theresa Wong leading Lips of Lapis Lazuli, A Collective Vocal Sounding

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. Wong’s projects include a debut release on Tzadik, The Unlearning, a collection of songs for cello, violin and two voices inspired by Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War etchings.

Rhodessa Jones – Actress, teacher, singer, and writer, Ms. Jones is the Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop that is designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women. She is the Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey.

WIGband – Created by Johanna Poethig and musician/composer Barbara Golden in 1985, a legendary, feminist performance art cabaret duo will perform their newest composition, Song for a Monument.

Evelie Delfino Såles Posch – sacred song singer/writer and magical activist whose work spans the traditions of her ancestors and the progressive edge of ceremony, world music and dance. Recognized as a Babaylan (Filipino healer, seer, ceremonialist), Evelie has been bringing her music and sound healing to festivals, assisted living, elder care, the women’s prison in Chowchilla and has sung for the Comfort Women at Gabriela Network events when their struggle came to light in the 1990’s.

Songs for Women Living with War is created in conjunction with the Visual and Public Art program at CSU, Monterey Bay. With special acknowledgment of VPA alumni John Elliott, Elgene Tumacder and Roxana Keland, and VPA faculty Angelica Muro, Dionicio Mendoza and Stephanie Johnson. Songs for Women Living with War at Pro Arts is made possible in part with funds by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, the Clorox Company Foundation, the W & F Hewlett Foundation,  the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Fleishhacker Foundation.