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Bright Moments!!!
Avotcja

 “WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE”
by Poet/Short Story Writer/Musician
AVOTCJA & Artist ELIZA SHEFLER (Taurean Horn Press)
is now available at the Cesar Chavez Library
3301 East 12th Street @ 33rd Avenue
in Oakland
Please spread the word!

Music heals!!!   ¡La musica cura!                                                      

BEBOP, CUBOP & THE MUSICAL TRUTH w/AVOTCJA (pronounced Avacha) Tuesdays 8PM to 10PM on www.KPFA.org or 94.1FM in Berkeley, CA. On the night of Tuesday September 21st I’ll be doing what I love the most… hanging out with all of you.
 I’ll also be bringing you a heavy dose of magical Musical medicine from my audio-temple, deliberately designed to make you wanna jump up & dance & celebrate the diverse beauty of our existence! Save the date & tell the world, because I’d be pretty lonely without you. Invite a friend or two & I’ll meet you on the Airwaves on www.KPFA.org or 94.1FM September 21st from 8PM to 10PM where it’s all about the Music & you & me & you.
Bright Moments / Momentos Iluminados

www.KPFA.org

 

   Right now KPOO-FM in San Francisco, CA needs your help. I am one of many programmers @ KPOO-FM San Francisco, CA. I am honored to have shared my love of Music with you on this station for 40+ years. The only reason we exist is because of you & the only reason we will continue to exist is because of you. We need your financial support. We’re depending on you. Times are rough & in these economic bad times we can’t do it without you. As a 40 year programmer at KPOO I’m asking you to support this one of a kind non-commercial Bay Area treasure with as much as you can!!! Check us out on the Web www.KPOO.com & listen with your hearts. You can donate safely by Credit Card @ www.KPOO.com or with a Check or Money Order @ KPOO Radio P.O. BOX 156650 San Francisco, CA 94115-6650. I know with your help we can get through this. I thank you in advance for your support.
Bright Moments
www.Avotcja.org

 

 ¡La musica cura!   Music heals!                                                            

 LA VERDAD MUSICAL (THE MUSICAL TRUTH) w/Avotcja (pronounced Avacha) Fridays from Noon to 3PM PST on www.KPOO.com or 89.5FM in San Francisco, CA.
If you love Bomba, Plena, Music of the Caribbean, Jazz & Latin dance Music, keep your radios, computers & hearts tuned to
LA VERDAD MUSICAL (THE MUSICAL TRUTH)
.
I’m looking forward to hanging out with all of you September 24th & Oakland’s Poet Laureate AYODELE NZINGA who is one this Saturday’s features at THE MUSIC of THE WORD/LA PALABRA MUSICAL 3-5PM PST on Zoom. Then at 2:30PM I’ll be talking with TREGAR OTTON of LA MODERNA TRADICION who has a Gig coming up at Yoshi’s & a beautiful new CD.
 In these crazy times we are living through it’s important that we hold on to & support the beauty inside of each of us. Poetry & Music are healers & my gifts to you! I’ll be playing a whole lot of great new & old Music & trying to raise a little Sun in your hearts & make it very hard for you to sit still. Save the date because I’d be pretty lonely without you. Invite a friend or two & I’ll meet you on the Airwaves.
It’s going to be a great show!!! I’ll be looking for you this Friday September 24th on the
Airways or in cyberspace at LA VERDAD MUSICAL/THE MUSICAL TRUTH
Noon to 3PM PST. It just doesn’t feel right without you! That’s KPOO in San
Francisco or 89.5 on your FM dial or on LA VERDAD MUSICAL (THE MUSICAL TRUTH) w/Avotcja on the worldwide Web at www.KPOO.com where it’s gonna be
about you & I & the Music of Poetry & the Poetry of Music!!!
Bright Moments
Avotcja

www.KPOO.com

 

“Let the Music of your heart enhance the freedom that you seek”  
Avotcja Writer/Musician

Tuesday September 21st
SPOKEN WORLD ONLINE hosted by David Leo Sirois
A global community of artists meet at our welcoming
weekly open mic, featuring performers from all around
the Spoken World. Poets & writers, singers, comedians,
actors, Artists of every ilk, plus our literary listeners…
Come as you are!
Tuesdays @ 2pm Eastern/8pm in Paris signup starts, &
at half-past we share our eclectic work & eccentric
personalities.
Come to our comfy Zoom room ~https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9275470975
This week our special guest poet is AVOTCJA (Avacha),
& our theme is “Language.”
Hope 2 C & hear U there.
P.S. Please consider buying this hardworkin’ Dave Dude a
Virtue-All coffee. The show takes many hours all week to
produce & host.
https://ko-fi.com/davidleosirois0412
Bio:
Avotcja is a Poet/Playwright/Multi-Percussionist/Photographer
& Teacher
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 Baca at 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 & is an ASCAP
recording artist.
On May 10th 2014
the 12th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival
honored Avotcja with its Lifetime Achievement Award for
the truly valuable creative and community work that she has accomplished.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Berkeley City Council recognize and proclaimed May 10th 2014 as Avotcja Jiltonilro Day
see the link to the specific proclamation below…
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/…/2014-05-06_Item_17
AVOTCJA  
Website: www.Avotcja.org 

“When Music appears…oceans disappear”                                         
                                  Jazz Musician: Omar Faqir Amman, Jordan

 

Dear Friends, It has been over a year since I’ve written. Big bands have not been
very active, of course, due to the pandemic. But I’m excited to report that the
ELECTRIC SQUEEZEBOX ORCHESTRA has some upcoming gigs that we
hope you can make it to. We’ll be back at our California Jazz Conservatory
residency, though we’ll only be doing the second Sunday of the month on
September 12th, October 10th, and November 14th. The band will be vaccinated
and all audience members will have to provide proof of vaccination. October
10th we’ll be featuring the guest poet AVOTCJA.
CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY’s RENDON HALL
2040 Addison Berkeley, CA 94704
Doors open 5PM show 5:30PM – 7PM
$15 General Admission
Seating is limited & on a first come, first served basis
ALL AGES & WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Tickets: www.cjc.edu
We hope you can make it out and remember what makes an Electric Squeezebox
Orchestra show a special and unique thing. Our most recent CD “Matter Is”
was named of the top jazz CDs by Bay Area artists of 2019 in the San Jose
Mercury News, read about it here. Our other recent CDs “The Falling Dream”
and “Cheap Rent” are here and available in all online outlets like amazon,
spotify, or itunes. Check out some of the great reviews in Allmusic Guide and
allaboutjazz.com If you want to keep in touch, please like our facebook page to
get more regular updates. Thanks, Erik Jekabson

 

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,                  
                                but the silence of our friends.”
                                                                       
  Martin Luther King Jr.

Join us ONLINE Saturday September 25th & the 4th Saturday of every Month
THE MUSIC OF THE WORD / (LA PALABRA MUSICAL)
still in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea &
until the Virus lets the Libraries re-open we’ll be on ZOOM
3PM – 5PM No Cover hosted by Avotcja
And don’t forget to bring your Congas,
Guiros, Maracas, Panderetas etc.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25th
AYODELE NZINGA (Poet Laureate Oakland)
TONY ROBLES (The People’s Poet)
GABRIELA PORTILLO ALVARADO (Poet)
CLIVE OSEMAN (UK Poet extraordinaire)

&
YOU on the Open Mic y mas
Always the word festival to remember!
@
Join us! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89469374148
Meeting ID: 894 6937 4148
Password: 848453
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+16699009128,,89469374148#,,1#,848453# US (San Jose)
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Join us! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89469374148
mark your Calendars
¡Vengan todos & tell everyone to tell everyone!
ALL AGES & WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
http://oaklandlibrary.org/locations/cesar-e-chavez-branch
or
www.Avotcja.org

THIS PROGRAM IS STILL UP ON ZOOM
B.A.J.A.B.A. on JaZzLine – JANUARY 23rd 2021
On KPFA-FM 94.1FM in No. California or www.KPFA.org
Highlighting and featuring Bay Area talent in all of the
flavors of the Africa American Musical Diaspora, hosted
by Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, with Ken “The Groove Meister”
Pruitt and Safi Wa Nairobi. This week spotlight will be on:
AVOTCJA at 11PM & HERB GIBSON at Midnight.
And together we’re gonna light up the night sky.
www.KPFA.org

 

Until the lion writes his own story,                                        
        the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
                                                                     an African Proverb

THIS PROGRAM IS STILL UP ON ZOOM
January 14th
On THURSDAY JANUARY 14th at 6PM the public is invited to
JAM in an Afrofuturistic universe hosted by San Francisco POET
LAUREATE KIM SHUCK. Universes will intersect, dissect, and
groove to a mixture of funk, and words intertwining in non-linear
realities with Shuck’s special guest poets ISHMAEL REED, AVOTCJA,
STAAJABU, DEVORAH MAJOR, TUREEDA MIKELL, and Dr. GLENN
PARRIS. These poetic grandmasters will light the universe with
words celebrating Blackness and the universality of life itself. To
register in advance for POEM JAM hosted by San Francisco Poet
Laureate Kim Shuck,
please click onto: http://on.sfpl.org/poem-jam-jan.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting. You can also view on YouTube
by going to: https://youtu.be/8wODrUydXkU
This is a monthly poetry reading lead by Kim Shuck.

 

“When Music appears…oceans disappear”                                         
                                  Jazz Musician: Omar Faqir Amman, Jordan

THIS PROGRAM IS STILL UP ON ZOOM
This amazing show is still up on Zoom! Please check it out!!!
Sunday November 15th
PIEDMONT PIANO COMPANY
JUST ANNOUNCED!
THE SHOWROOM SESSIONS:
Streaming LIVE from Piedmont Piano Company.
THE DYNAMIC MISS FAYE CAROL & HER TRIO
&
VOCAL RUSH
with Special Guest AVOTCJA
CELEBRATING BLACK LGBTQ+ PIONEERS
The Bay Area’s Queen Songstress presents the
premiere of her new musical suite celebrating
Black LGBTQ+ pioneers in music. Miss Faye and
her slammin’ Trio will showcase her own
inimitable renditions drawing from the work of
these pioneers in music from the last 100 years
from Billy Strayhorn to Little Richard to Sylvester,
and more. This evening will feature a special
guest appearance from celebrated poet &
multidisciplinary artist Avotcja and the debut of a
new collaborative video with Miss Faye & Oakland
School for the Arts’ award-winning youth acappella
ensemble Vocal Rush.
This project is supported by the East Bay Fund for
Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.
Watch the LIVE STREAM on youtube or facebook:
you can tune in here https://m.facebook.com/PiedmontPiano/live/
Donations/tips accepted via paypal.me/fayecarol,
Venmo: Faye-Carol, Cashapp: $lovetomissfaye
#justannounced #fayecarol #joewarner #jazz #blues #celebrating #blacklgbtqpioneers
#streaming #piedmontpianocompany #showroomsessions #5pm #pst
#realmusiclives #dontmissout #donate #supportmusicians #supporttheartists
#supportthearts #bayareamusic #oakland #oaklandcalifornia #youtube #facebook

 

“When Music appears…oceans disappear”                            
                             Jazz Musician: Omar Faqir Amman, Jordan

THIS PROGRAM IS STILL UP ON ZOOM
Sunday January 3rd 2021
BRING IN THE NEW YEAR RIGHT
It’s THE ANNUAL HEALING EVENING of
POETRY, JAZZ & THE FIRE OF WORDSONG
with
AVOTCJA
(of Avotcja & Modúpue / Bay Area Blues Hall Of Fame
Jazz Group Of The Year 2010 & 2005)
&
THE GENIUS WESLEY TRIO
LUIS MANUEL PERALTA (Piano)
ISAAC COYLE (Bass)
GENIUS WESLEY (Drums)
AVOTCJA (Poet/small Multi-Percussion)
it’s gonna be magic … come share the vibe!!!
SUNDAY JANUARY 3rd
at the beautiful
BIRD & BECKETT BOOKS
653 Chenery @ Diamond
San Francisco, CA 94131
(1½ blocks North of Glen Park BART)
7:30 – 9PM online
ALL AGES ALWAYS WELCOME
to pay the Band by Paypal send to www.birdbeckett.com
or by Venmo send to: @birdandbeckett
For more info: (415)586-3733
&/or to learn more about other events @ Bird & Beckett
see: www.birdbeckett.com or www.Avotcja.org

 

Asking you to join me in celebrating Taurean Horn Press’
“WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE”
by
Poet/Short Story Writer/Musician
AVOTCJA
&
Artist/Pianist
ELIZA SHEFLER
Please pick one up @ your local Bookstore, or at one of the Book Parties &
there are Book Parties being set up all over the place.
You can check my Website to find the one nearest you or simply send a request to
my Email: LaVerdadMusical@yahoo.com
For Books you can go directly to the distributor:
Small Press Distribution www.spdbooks.org
or Amazon www.Amazon.com
I know they have them in stock at:
Marcus Books in Oakland, CA www.marcusbookstores.com
Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco, CA www.birdbeckett.com
Alley Cats Books in San Francisco, CA www.alleycatbooksgallery.com
Books Inc in Alameda, CA www.booksinc.net/Alameda
Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA www.moesbooks.com
Copperfield’s Books 140 Kentucky Street Petaluma, CA www.Copperfields.com
Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA (415)927-0960
www.BookPassage.com Please help in spreading the word & with a little help
from our friends we can make this book a success!

The Fan Page for our band AVOTCJA & MODÚPUE is up & running & waiting for you.
Please take a look @ AVOTCJA & MODÚPUE & check “like”. Your support is greatly
appreciated & with your help we can get on the world map!!!
Bright Moments,
Avotcja & Modúpue (Gratitude)
https://www.facebook.com/AvotcjaModupueGratitude
AVOTCJA & MODÚPUE (Gratitude)
Avotcja-small Multi-Percussion & Poetry, Sandi Poindexter-Violin, Jon Jang-Piano,
Val Serrant-Steel Drum & Djembe, Francis Wong-Sax, Flute & Clarinet,
Sascha Jecobson-Bass, Eugene Warren-Bass, Heshima Mark Williams-Bass,
Baba Ken Okulolo-Talking Drum & Vocals,
​ Yancie Taylor “The Jazz Doctor”-Vibes, José “Manny” Martinez-Vocals & Percussion,
Hector Lugo-Percussion, ​Raul Ramirez-Multi Percussion
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