Performance Series

We Have Iré: Paul S. Flores

September 18, 2021

7:30 pm

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September 18, 2021

7:30 pm

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Album Release We Have Iré Original Cast Recording

Music by Yosvany Terry
Words by Paul S. Flores
Featuring DJ Leydis, Christin Eve Cato, Denmis Bain and Ramón Ramos Alayo

Meet the Artists at a LIVESTREAM EVENT on Facebook (@miamilightproject) on September 18, 2021, at 7:30 pm EDT – featuring the Making-Of video by filmmaker AMÍLCAR NAVARRO.

WE HAVE IRÉ was created by poet, performance artist, playwright PAUL S. FLORES with original music by Grammy-winning alto saxophonist, percussionist, composer YOSVANY TERRY.

WE HAVE IRÉ was recorded in May 2021 at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, New York, by Terry’s quartet, consisting of first-call New York musicians: JAVI SANTIAGO (piano), MATT BREWER (bass), and MARK WHITFIELD, JR. (drums/percussion), with a special-guest turn by legendary Cuban diva XIOMARA LAUGART. Additional recording was done in June at Patio de Ochún Studio in Alameda, CA.

The original cast recording was co-commissioned by Miami Light Project, National Performance Network (NPN), Pregones/PRTT and MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana.

Biography

Paul S. Flores is one of the most influential Latino performance artists in the country and a nationally respected youth arts educator. He creates plays, oral narratives, and spoken word works about transnationality and citizenship that spur and support societal movements that lead to change.

Flores’ work has played all across the United States and internationally in Cuba, Mexico, and El Salvador. His commissions have come from the California Arts Council, Creative Capital, La Peña Cultural Center, MACLA, MAP Fund, Pregones Theater, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, National Performance Network Creation Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Creative Work Fund, Hewlett and Gerbode Foundation, Youth Speaks, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts among many others. Flores is also known for playing professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs before moving to San Francisco and becoming co-founder of the Latino poetry performance group Los Delicados, as well as co-founder of Youth Speaks/Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam, an HBO Def Poetry Slam poet, a PEN award-winning novelist, and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist.

“We Have Iré” explores the real lives of Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American transnational artists living in the United States, and their influence on and experience with American culture. “On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto” brought San Francisco communities together divided by gentrification and police violence. “PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo” was based on testimonies of members of MS-13 in California barrios as they attempted to rebuild their lives through laser tattoo removal and therapy. “YOU’RE GONNA CRY” documents the demographic shift of The Mission District after the “dot-com” boom. “Representa!,” chronicles what happens when Chicano spoken word poet Flores and Cuban rapper Julio Cardenas meet in Cuba at the Havana Hip-Hop Festival.

Flores moved to San Francisco in 1995. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego; and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at USF, San Francisco State University, and the Prison Arts Project at California Medical Facility in Vacaville State Prison. He lives in San Francisco with his children.

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