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Lourdes Perez

Brief bio: Lourdes Pérez is a female decimista (writer of décima—a form of poetry/song found in Puerto Rico, Mexico and many Latin American countries as well as Spain and Canary Islands), known for her distinctively rich, contralto voice. Pérez is a trovadora; she writes and performs songs that are often rooted in the folk traditions of her region (western Puerto Rico) and, as such, she forms part of the continuing lineage of Latin American trovadores (musical historians of the people). For her compositions, she draws from her jíbara (Puerto Rican mountain) musical upbringing, particularly from a beloved and dying tradition of inventing verses to honor nature and people (homenajes) and converting oral history to songs. She composes and arranges soundtracks for film, contemporary dance and theater and enjoys collaborating with other musicians, visual artists, dancers and filmmakers. Pérez was one of the only out Latina lesbian singer songwriters touring in the 1990s. On March 8, 2018, Pérez will launch a global podcast, VoxFem, spotlighting the music of women songwriters and composers from each country and occupied/colonized territory in the world, centering women of color artists, women performing their original work in languages other than English and queer/two spirit artists. Photo by Antonia Padilla, 2018. More at:

Stanford’s Arabology radio program, voted #4 of the Top 20 Alternative/indie Arabic music of 2016, The Road (performed by May Nasr & Lourdes Pérez in Spanish and Arabic, Written in Water CD)
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) Fund for the Arts award of $10,000 for Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico (oral history to music) book and CD, 2014
Ford Foundation grant for Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico (oral history to music) book and CD, 2014
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico (oral history to music) book and CD, 2014
Surdna Foundation grant for Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico (oral history to music) book and CD, 2014
United States Artists $50,000 unrestricted Music Fellowship Award (one of the the first five musicians given the inaugural award) and named “one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists,” 2006
Just Plain Folks Award, Best Latin Song for Paloma Urbana (Lourdes Pérez, songwriter), 2006
Profiled in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Oxford University Press. 2005
Top Editor's Picks: Latin. CDBABY (Selections from Tres Oraciones CD and Pájaros de Otro Canto CD), 2005
Top 3 Overall Editor's Picks/CDBABY (Selections from Tres Oraciones CD), 2004
Penumbra Theater, composer-in-residence with theatrical pioneer Laurie Carlos at historic African American theater, St. Paul, MN, January 2002
Ford Foundation Gateways Grant Recipient (Santuarios), 2001
Best of Austin Awards: Art & Politics, Austin Chronicle, 2001
One of 1000 performers profiled in the Music Hound World Essential Album Guide. Vestigios CD given 4 1/2 star review. 2000
Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund Grant recipient, along with Sharon Bridgforth and Laurie Carlos for con flama. For the same production, the team also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 1999
Ones to Watch Out For in 98, Curve Magazine Feature Article, 1998
Top 6 Picks (Vestigios CD), Barnes & Noble Folk Music Website, 1998
Top Ten List (Vestigios CD), Austin Chronicle Critics Picks, 1997
Songwriter of the Year, Clarksville Jazz Festival, 1995
Best Foreign Language Song (Si Me Muero Mañana), Austin Songwriters Guild Awards, 1994
Independent Album of the Year (Recuérdate Por Mi), Music City Texas Awards, 1994
Top 5 Best Releases of 1994 (Recuérdate Por Mi), Austin Chronicle Critics Picks, 1994


• Still Here: Homenaje al Westside de San Antonio, book and music CD, (Chee Wee House/Esperanza Center), to be released 2018.
• Al Caer la Tarde, Lourdes Pérez and Eva Ybarra, 6 track EP (Chee Wee Records, 2016)
• Written in Water, Lourdes Pérez and May Nasr (duet CD in Spanish and Arabic) with special guest Ahmad Kaabour (Chee Wee Records, 2016)
• Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico, Illustrated book and music CD, (Chee Wee House, 2015)
• 20 Años, Boxed collection of works from 1994 -2014, includes 8 CDs (Chee Wee Records, 2014)
• Te Llamo * Ounadikum, 3-track CD single recorded in Spanish and Arabic with May Nasr and special guest Ahmad Kaabour (Chee Wee Records, 2011)
• En Vivo, Lourdes Perez con Miriam Perez, live duet concert with younger sister, Miriam Perez (Chee Wee Records, 2007)
• Este Filo, solo CD (Chee Wee Records, 2005)
• Azul y Serena, commissioned work, recorded with the Dama de Noche Orchestra (Chee Wee, 2003)
• Pájaros de Otro Canto, commissioned soundtrack for the film, ¿Adónde Fue Juan José? (Chee Wee, 2003)
• Selections from Tres Oraciones (Chee Wee Records, 2002)
• Vestigios (Vivavoce Records, 1997)
• Recuérdate Por Mi (Chee Wee Records, 1994)

• Azul y Serena (multimedia tribute concert)
• Santuarios (modern/folkloric dance)
• conflama (word opera, theater)
• Adonde Fue Juan Jose (feature film)
• Marejada (multimedia, oral history)

C O M M I S S I O N E D work

Westside of San Antonio Oral History book & CD (working title), Commissioned by Esperanza Center to conduct 100+ hours of oral history interviews and to create a book and a full-length musical CD based on and honoring those stories. Oral historian, Composer, Poet/Lyricist, Musical Director, Vocalist, Musician. Current - to be released 2018
Azul y Serena, 60 minute original music composition and arrangement small orchestra, live tribute concert and CD, commissioned by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Co-Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director, Vocalist, Live Musician. December 12, 2003
¿Adónde Fue Juan Jose? (2003), Lucy Hibberd, filmmaker. $35,000 commission for underscore and soundtrack for this full-length, feature film. Composer, Lyricist, Film Music Supervisor, Vocalist, Musician. 2002 -2003
Santuarios, a contemporary storytelling through dance, based on the migration of the monarch butterflies. Co-creator, Co-Director, Composer, Lyricist, Oral Historian, Vocalist, Live Musician. Watson Fine Arts Center, San Antonio, TX, October 19 -28, 2001 and University of Texas McCullough Theater, May 2002.
con flama, a word opera written by Lambda award-winning writer/director Sharon Bridgforth and directed by Obie/Bessie award-winning, American theater pioneer, Laurie Carlos. Composer. Frontera @ Hyde Park Theater, Austin, TX, Sept. 1 - 28, 2000, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, TX, July 2001, and Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul, MN, January 29 - March 3, 2002.
El Hilo Mágico (2001), Say Si, producer. Commission for underscore and soundtrack for this full-length, film created by young people. Composer, Vocalist, Musician, Film music supervisor.
When (2001), Jen Tsai filmmaker. Commission for title song of this short film. Composer, Lyricist, Vocalist, Musician.
The Leaf Storm, produced by Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks in Austin, Texas. Co-director, Composer, Lyricist, Vocalist, Musician. Theatre Lab, University of Texas, Austin, TX, May 5 -14, 2000.

R E P R E S E N T A T I V E perfomances
Concert, Navidad, One World Theatre, Austin, Texas, December 18, 2016

Al Caer la Tarde EP release duet concert with Eva Ybarra, Sor Juana Festival, Galería E.V.A., San Antonio, Texas, October 22, 2016

Mil Guitarras para Victor Jara with Tish Hinojosa, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, Texas and virtual connection with Santiago, Chile, September 17, 2016

Written in Water duet CD release tour with May Nasr, multiple appearances and concerts in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Sacramento, May 5th - 14th, 2016

Concert, Diane’s, Silver City, New Mexico, March 8th, 2016

Eden Women’s Festival with Awna Texeira, Eden, Arizona, March 4th, 2016

Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico book/CD release concert and book art exhibit with Miriam Pérez & Tony Mapeyé, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan 24th and 25th, 2015

Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico book/CD release concert with Miriam Pérez & Tony Mapeyé, El Corralón de San José, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 4, 2015

Dulce Vigilante: Remembranzas de la Región Oeste de Puerto Rico book/CD release concert with Miriam Pérez & Tony Mapeyé, Teatro Benito Fred, San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, December 20, 2015

Duet concert with Eva Ybarra, Sor Juana Festival, Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas, April 18, 2015

Concert, Sacramento City College Performing Arts Complex, Sacramento, California, October 2, 2014

Desde Mi Balcon concert with sisters Miriam Pérez & Teresita Pérez, Teatro Benito Fred, San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, December 6, 2013 (turn on closed captioning)

Duet concerts with Irene Farrera, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, October 2013

Spontaneous Love Song Concert Tour, multiple unexpected places across the U.S., May - July 2013

Cinema Palazzo, Rome, Italy, December 2012.

Santiesteban 18, Antequera, Málaga, Spain, December 2012

Teatro Kismet, Bari, Italy, December 2012

University of Bari, Bari, Italy, December 2012

Gibralfaro Castle, duet concert with May Nasr, Málaga, Spain, July 2011

Plaza de Casares, duet concert with May Nasr, Casares, Spain, July 2011

Bernstein & Maghreblian House concert series, May 2010

Concert, Sacramento City College Performing Arts Complex, Sacramento, CA, October 2009,

Insight with Jeffrey Callison, KXJZ 90.9, Sacramento, CA, October 2009

Written in Water, Duet concert with May Nasr, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, TX, May 2009

25th Anniversary, Festival de Huapango Arribeño, Xichú, Guanajuato, México, December 2007

Solo performance, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA, October 2007

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center 20th Anniversary, San Antonio, TX, October 2007

CD Release Concert with Miriam Pérez, Casa Abierta de las Bellas Artes, Rincón, Puerto Rico, February 2007

Comunicando con Toti Figueroa, Radio WPRA 990 AM, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, February 2007

Cultura Viva, televised live, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2007

One World Theatre, Austin, Texas, December 2006

Lincoln Center performance, New York, New York, September 2006

Open air concert with Somos Tres, Casa Abierta de las Bellas Artes, Rincon, Puerto Rico, February, 2006

Release of 6th CD, Este Filo, with guest Somos Tres, Esperanza Center, San Antonio, TX 2005

Performance of commissioned concert at unveiling of world’s largest Guadalupe mosaic, San Antonio, TX 2003

1ra Conferencia en Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino, Zacatecas City, Mexico, 2003

Duet performance with Guillermo Velázquez, Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2003

Series of duet performances with Mercedes Sosa, One World Theatre, Austin, TX 2002

Performance for children at D'Heisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem 2002

Live satellite TV performance, A Message to the World, from Gaza City, Gaza 2002

Nat. Assoc. of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) Conference, featured performer w/ special guests Jacqueline Rago, John Santos, others, Austin, TX 2002

Festival de Huapango Arribeño y Poesía Decimal, Xichú, Guanajuato 1997, 1999, 2002

Marejada, an experimental motionimagery concert based on oral histories from Vieques, Puerto Rico. Rosewood Zaragoza Community Center, Austin, TX, September 23, 2001

Debut run of commissioned, original music-contemporary dance collaboration with Mexican choreographer Serafín Aponte Nájera and the Guadalupe Dance Company, Santuarios, St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio, TX 2001

Debut run of original music-contemporary dance collaboration with choreographer José Luís Bustamante and the Sharir+Bustamante Dance Company, The Leaf Storm, University of Texas, Austin, TX 2000

Concert, San Francisco Cultural Center, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1999

New Texas Festival, Jessen Auditorium/University of Texas, Austin, TX June 2, 1999

Under the Volcano Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 1998

El Centro Cultural Casa Aboy, San Juan, Puerto Rico 1999

Festival de Los Inocentes, San Sebastián, Puerto Rico 1998

Suffragette Sessions Tour: 12-city, collaborative tour with Indigo Girls, Jane Siberry, others, 1998

Texas Civil Rights Project Annual Gala, Austin, TX 1994 - 1998

Duet performance with Irene Farrera, Astraea Foundation Gala, New York, NY 1998

Duet performances with Tish Hinojosa, Austin & Kerrville, TX 1995, 1997, 1998

Concert & workshops, Rio Bravo (colonia), TX 1998, 1999

No Nukes Conference with Bonnie Raitt, Austin, TX 1997

Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA 1997

Release of 2nd CD, Vestigios, University of Texas LBJ Auditorium, Austin, TX 1997

Intercontinental Encuentro (San Cristobal, 5 autonomous zones), Chiapas, Mexico, 1996

Iowa Women’s Music Festival, Iowa City, IA 1996

Kerrville Folk Festival, 25th Anniversary, Kerrville, TX 1996

El Arcano, special guest of Marcial Alejandro, Coyohuacán, Mexico 1996

Nahualli Festival, duet with Guillermo Velázquez y Los Leones, Austin, TX 1996

Live tribute for Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem, Austin, TX 1996

Live tribute for Gloria Anzaldúa, LBJ Auditorium, UT Austin, Austin, TX, April 24, 1996

Boston Symphony Hall, invited guest of Mercedes Sosa, Boston, MA 1995
Bass Concert Hall/UT Performing Arts Center, opening performance for Mercedes Sosa, Austin, TX 1995

Rhythmfest, Aiken, SC 1995

Clarksville Jazz Festival (Winner Songwriter of Year), Austin, TX 1994-1996

South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, TX 1994, 1995

Michigan Women’s Music Festival, Walhalla, MI 1994

Celebration of Craftwomen, San Francisco, CA 1994

Austin Acoustic Music Festival, Austin, TX 1993 ‚ 1996

Mujercanto, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX 1992 - 1998