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Dreams And Defiance

Dreams and Defiance

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A concert by Pamela Means and Doctora Xingona Diana Alvarez

Dreams and defiance, necessary ingredients for all social change, illuminate the musical renderings of Pamela Means and Doctora Xingona Diana Alvarez. On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Wistariahurst presents a powerhouse co-bill performance with these visionary musician-activist-educators, sure to warm and inspire!

About the artists:

PAMELA MEANS, singer-songwriter, inimitable guitarist, and versatile vocalist with a penchant for penning political tunes, cannot be musically contained. A conservatory-trained musician, Means also fronts her own jazz quartet, breathing life into classics once sung by Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and the like. Pamela Means, daredevil on the high wire, recently added a new show to her plethora of projects, performing all of The Beatles Abbey Road album, solo acoustic, in celebration of its 50th anniversary and generational influence. Pamela Means has independently released nine albums and her tenth album is slated for 2020 (and more on deck)!

“When Pamela Means picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn’t forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose.”– WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

“She’s got more chops than the gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have.” – Oregon Live  (Portland OR)

“Means sings, lightly striking her strings for Michael Hedges-style harmonics that sparkle like stars in a hilltown sky.” – Daily Hampshire Gazette 

“Singer-songwriter and demigod, Pamela Means, is one of the fiercest guitar players and politically rooted [singer-songwriters] in the music industry today… With [Pamela Means Jazz Project Vol. 1] Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones.”  Curve Magazine

Diana Alvarez

“Diana’s voice, her ability to shift the room by allowing her research to inform her choices of sound, song selection, and phrasing is simply remarkable.” -Sharon Bridgforth

“Soulful and natural.” -Natalie Merchant

Dr. Diana Alvarez’s fierce Xicana Xingona voice creates a gripping atmosphere that audiences call “transcendent.” Alvarez’s soulful, bilingual songs exalt queer love and liberation, and are drawn from her origins in the borderlands of South Texas, where she grew up singing to the Gulf of Mexico. In her music, Alvarez often grapples with her solo migration to the Northeast as a means to shift the tides of oppression in her family and beyond. Her songs are offerings for familia, and honor the “in-between-ness” of culture, identity, and language.

Dr. Alvarez is the composer and filmmaker behind the multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera. Described by the press as “a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color,” Quiero Volver features Alvarez’s original music, sonic text scores, a poem-script for ensemble performance, and documentary video portraits of Sharon Bridgforth, Magdalena Gómez, Vick Quezada, and Nicole M. Young. In 2018, Quiero Volver was produced at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA by grassroots organizers and Smith College, and raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives.

This event takes place on the first floor of the The Main House at Wistariahurst. For accessibility information, please visit:

Tickets and Reservations

Advance Reservations are closed at this time for the event.
Please call the museum for more information at (413) 322-5660.

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