“La Madre Triste” from Piececitos
(New York City Premiere)

” La Madre Triste” from Piececitos
performed with dancers by Habitat Home
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
225 w 99th Street, New York, NY 10025
(212) 222-2700
October 19, 2019

Piececitos is a vivid musical meditation on motherhood, migration and exile based on poems by Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.  Set in the original Spanish,  Piececitosfive songs for voice, violin, cello and piano interweave Latin American dance rhythms with haunting melodies:  lullabies and laments of a mother on her treacherous journey toward refuge.

Piececitos uses traditional musical patterns and pre-existing quotations to blend or contrast with newly composed elements.   Folkloric wisdom, generational and cultural ties clash in a mother’s  inner dialogue of hope, terror and love as she struggles toward refuge for her children.

Habitat Home is a community arts project facilitated by JuliaBarryProductions. sponsored, in part, by a Puffin West Grant, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, and by a New York Women Composers Seed Money Grant.