Sara Illsley and Friends will perform at the Sunflower Theater in Cortez on Nov. 16.
Their concert, “About Love, Life and Death,” is colored by traditional and new music in Spanish and Portuguese with a jazzy bent. The concert embraces the circles of life and also touches a little of the traditions of The Day of the Dead.
The band hopes to connect people through music and opening their hearts to different sounds and languages.
This group believes strongly in giving back to the communities where they perform by selecting an organization to support. This time, half the proceeds will go to Renew Inc.’s hotline for domestic and sexual violence victims.
Vocalist Illsley was born and raised in Mexico. Her musical journey started with performing children’s music. For 12 years, she recorded CDs with several groups and toured many plazas and theaters in Mexico and other countries, and studied opera.
In 2003 and 2005, she was invited to record the music of Francisco Gabilondo Soler (Cri-Cri), a well-known composer of Latin children’s music. From this work came a DVD that has sold almost 500,000 copies.
One of the things that has always defined her as an artist is her commitment to social justice and human rights. She has recorded multiple songs that show this commitment.
While on stage, Sara will sing in Spanish and Portuguese.
Illsley will be joined by her accomplished musical friends, Elle Rio on bass, Ryan McCurry on piano, Clay Lowder on percussion, and Ted Moore on drums.
More info about Sara Illsley and her music can be found at www.saraillsleymexartist.com.