The Stefani Valadez Ensemble will be the featured performer at the sixth installment of the “Planet Siqueiros Pe“a” series at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd., Venice at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18th.
Valadez offers a rich repertoire of soulful, romantic, enchanting melodies, including songs from many nations, a SPARC spokesperson said. A third generation musician, Valadez has an international following of fans who are drawn to her deep, haunting voice and the wide range of musical and ethnic lore she incorporates into her performances, the spokesperson said.
Valadez first learned to play guitar and discovered the beauty of harmony from her mother, a singer and pianist, from legendary folk singer Pete Seeger and the blues artists in Greenwich Village, New York. She traces her musical inspiration to diverse musicians, including Taj Mahal, former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick and Brazilian bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her later interest in Celtic and international folk music led to her first CD of World Music, “Other Voices.”
Valadez has attracted top world and jazz musicians to form the ensemble. It is a seven piece group of Los Angeles-based musicians from diverse backgrounds who play world music infused with Ladino, Turkish, blues, Brazilian, R&B, American folk, jazz, gypsy, and Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies.
One of her newest albums is “Ladino Live,” a medley of songs from the Sephardic cultures of the Mediterranean, which Stefani collected while living in Spain.
The “Planet Siqueiros Pe“a” series at SPARC provides a monthly space for a unique blend of socially conscious traditional world music, contemporary musical styles and spoken word. It is named for the renowned Mexican muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros.
For more information, www.sparcmurals.org/, or (310) 822-9560.
Performance tickets cost $10 and can be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org/.