Dr. Diana Alvarez
Experience the work of an incredible Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Composer, Documentary Filmmaker, and Scholar at CLICK Music! Music so meaningful it is revered by other local talent…
"The virtuosic vocal finesse of Diana Alvarez is a wonder and a privilege to behold--
and no surprise to witness every audience stunned into silent awe and transcendence."
"Soulful and natural."
Dr. Diana Alvarez is a singer-songwriter, poet, composer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar whose work embodies a queer Xicanx vision to dissolve oppression through art. Dr. Alvarez is the composer 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 premiered to a sold-out theater at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, Massachusetts) in 2017, and was reprised at the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, Massachusetts) in 2018. At the Academy of Music, the performance event raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives through the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Dr. Alvarez is the author of Consultations with Bruja Juana, a chapbook poetry collection published by Toadlily Press in 2009. Dr. Alvarez’ poems also appear in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011). Alvarez was awarded the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts (2008).
In 2018, Dr. Alvarez was an artist-in-residence in the (R)evolution: Resonant Bodies program at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. At Banff, Dr. Alvarez performed her original compositions and performed as a vocalist in Sustenance, a world premiere by Imani Uzuri. Most recently, Dr. Alvarez was commissioned to create a documentary for the world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth’s performance installation, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady at allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization in Austin, Texas. In addition to her documentary commissions for Bridgforth, Dr. Alvarez has directed her own music videos, as well as a music video for internationally recognized singer-songwriter and jazz musician, Pamela Means.
Dr. Alvarez is working on an original album recording in 2019. She teaches voice, songwriting, and social justice workshops in Northampton, MA and beyond.
Support her work and take in a show at CLICK Workspace! Building 8 Brewery will be providing the refreshments as always, stop by and see what all the hype is about!
Find Dr. Alvarez at:
@brujajuana on Instagram