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Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru’s Susana Bacaat San Francisco’s Encuentro Popular & Cuba’s Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles’ Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Terry Garthwaite, Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc. Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti, Jayne Cortez, & with Jose Montoya’s Royal Chicano Air Force & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modúpue. Avotcja was the opening act for the legendary Poet Pat Parker the last three years of her life. She both composed & performed the film score for the Danish documentary MuNu.
Her Poetry &/or music has been recorded by Piri Thomas, Famoudou Don Moyé (of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, & performed by The Purple Moon Dance Project, and was the 1st Poetry performed by New York’s Dance Mobile. She’s appeared at The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in S. F., The Asian-American Jazz Festival in Chicago, as well as The Asian-American Jazz Festival in San Francisco. She’s been featured 5 times at Afro-Solo, twice at San Francisco’s Carnival, The Scottish Rite Temple & Yoshi’s in Oakland & San Francisco, Jose Castellar’s play “Man From San Juan”, Club Le Monmartre in Copenhagen Denmark, Stanford University, at San Francisco’s Brava Theater For The Arts with Cine Acción, New York’s Henry Street Settlement Theater and The Women On The Way Festival in San Francisco. Avotcja a is popular Bay Area DeeJay & Radio Personality, and the founder/Director of “The Clean Scene Theater Project (AKA) Proyecto Teatral De La Escena Sobria”.
She continues to teach Creative Writing, Storytelling & Drama in Public Schools & thanks to the California Arts Council she was also an Artist in Residence at the Milestones Project & San Francisco Penal System. Avotcja is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Organization), PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools, IWWG & is an ASCAP recording artist.
Los Rumberos De La Bahia Potpourri De Boleros
Mabagwe Eguin Eje Records 2017 QMAAK1792320
William Cepeda Next Plena
Afrorican Jazz FR6V81130679
Chucho Valdes 100 Años de Bebo
Jazz Batá 2 Mack Avenue Records 2018 QMEU31812647
Mongo y Justo Ubane
Ubane Mundo Digital USA QMBZ91655635
Brenda Navarrete Taita Bilongo
Mi Mundo Alma Records 2018 CAAA51700748
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Ban Ban Quere
Ban Ban Quere Blue Engine Records 2018 QM6DW1800130
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Rubén Blades El Cantante
Una Noche Con Rubén Blades Blue Engine Records 2018 QM6DW1800132
Carmen Souza Song for My Father
Protegid Galileo Music Communication GmbH 2010 World ES7181003608