Stephanie Trudeau: "Chavela: Think of Me"
David Lahm, Piano/ Arrangements
Ben Lapidus, Guitar
Special thanks to Gladys Galindo and Eriksen Translation Inc.
"Chavela: Think Of Me," written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau, is more than just a musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. It is also a documentary theater project that traces the famed ranchera singer's artistic evolution and the key relationships of her life, including those with her musical mentor, Jose Alfredo Jimenez (the world's greatest composer of ranchera songs), the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the producers, notably Pedro Almodovar, who enabled her comeback at age 74 after a 15 year battle with alcoholism.
The show is a refreshing homage and celebration of the arts of Mexico at a time when our southern neighbor is the focus of stereotyping and right-wing disrespect in America today. Ms. Trudeau says, "I'm Puerto Rican, but I feel this Mexican singer in my bones." She adds, "What I love about her music is its primal power. It's heart-breaking, wrist-slitting, gut-wrenching. This music has 'tripas'--tripe, guts."
Chavela Vargas sang well into her 80s, making her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 when she was 83 years old. She was honored with a Latin Grammy in 2007 for lifetime achievement in music. Chavela Vargas, the rough voice of tenderness, died in 2012 at the age of 93, after a musical life that spanned almost 80 years. Mariachi bands played at her state funeral in Mexico City. A word has been coined for her - chavelaza - which means to be consumed by emotion.
Stephanie Trudeau has been an actress and singer for over 40 years, performing in NYC cabaret, Off-Broadway and regional theater. Recently she had been developing a program of songs written by women, notably Spanish songs her Puerto Rican mother loved that were written by great Latina songwriters including Maria Grever, Maria Teresa Lara, Maria Teresa Vera and Consuelo Velazquez. In the course of this, she discovered Chavela Vargas. As her research on Vargas broadened and deepened, she decided to refocus the project into a program of Spanish songs focused exclusively on this artist. "Chavela: Think Of Me" emerged as part bio-play and part homage--a docu-cabaret show enriched with biographical narrative and illustrated with multimedia.
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