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The Black Butterflies featuring Gato Barbieri - Luisa

The Black Butterflies ft. Gato Barbieri: Luisa

Devotees of the music of Mercedes Figueras are often spoilt for choice when it comes to fine recordings with her group The Black Butterflies....

The Black Butterflies – Rainbows for Ramon

There is something quite exquisite in a deeply primordial and seductive manner about Mercedes Figueras and The Black Butterflies’ Rainbows for Ramon. This comes...

In Conversation with Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger Mercedes Figueras

When Mercedes and I met in person the first thought that crossed my mind was, “How is such a small person capable of producing such a LARGE sound?” During the course of my conversation with Mercedes I received the answer to that and many other questions about her life and music. As a music journalist, it gives me great pleasure to lend my support to exceptional new artists who are “under the radar.” Meet Mercedes Figueras and the Black Butterflies [...]

The Black Butterflies -1 de Mayo (Self Produced – 2010)

A delightful whimsy surrounds the room where 1 de Mayo descends, like a diaphanous sheet of sound amid its celestial wail. So extraordinary is the musical ensemble fronted by the hypnotic sound of Mercedes Figueras’ saxophones; doubly intriguing when entwined with the ululations and caterwauling ablutions of Tony Larokko’s horns. Mercedes Figueras is one of the most exciting saxophonists today. Enormously talented and with a voice [...]

Corina Bartra & Azu Project: Afro Peruvian Jazz Celebration

The rise of smaller record labels and independent music producers has made a significant contribution to the number of musicians from other parts pf the world getting not just radioplay, but - in the case of important new artists - the recognition they deserve. Some of the fine musicians to come out of Peru recently have been Gabriel Alegria, Yuri Juarez, Hugo Alcazar and Corina Bartra [...]