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Tish Hinojosa and Lourdes Pérez to Headline ¡A Viva Voz!

Mon, Mar 25, 2019
Tish Hinojosa (left) and Lourdes Pérez
Tish Hinojosa (left) and Lourdes Pérez

WHAT: The 17th annual ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture will welcome Texas singer-songwriters Tish Hinojosa and Lourdes Pérez to share their music and the history behind it in “Cantos y Cuentos.”

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Benson Latin American Collection reading room. 2300 Red River St, Austin, TX.

WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

BACKGROUND: In “Cantos y Cuentos,” San Antonio native Tish Hinojosa and Puerto Rican–born Lourdes Pérez will give the audience a front seat to the stories and histories behind each composer’s music and glimpse of a friendship that spans many years.

Hinojosa is one of 13 children born to immigrant parents. The Southwest has been a focal point for her songwriting in English and Spanish, in styles ranging from Tejano to singer-songwriter folk, border music and country. In a career spanning more than three decades, she has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, recorded in English and Spanish as an independent artist for major record labels, and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits and A Prairie Home Companion. Her most recent album, West, includes new originals and an eclectic mix of covers.

Hinojosa was invited to perform at the White House at the invitation of President Bill Clinton and then First Lady Hillary Clinton. She has performed with Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger and Dwight Yoakam. The Benson Latin American Collection is the repository of Hinojosa’s archive.

When she began touring in the early 1990s, Pérez was one of the only out Latina lesbians in the music world. Known for her soulful contralto voice, she takes on difficult topics in her songs, such as war and social justice. She is one of the few female writers of décimas, a form of Spanish poetry. Pérez’s performances have taken her to war zones and contested areas such as Chiapas and Palestine.

In 2006, Pérez was one the first five artists in the U.S. to be awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for Music, naming her "one of the finest living artists in the country.” Pérez is also a poet and oral historian. Her most recent project, Still Here: Homenaje al West Side de San Antonio, is a book and CD with original compositions by Pérez, performed by a variety of artists, inspired by oral histories of some of San Antonio’s most revered elders. 

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