Jex Lopex Live @ The Red Rattler Theatre // La Llorona Single Launch

Jex Lopex Live @ The Red Rattler Theatre // La Llorona Single Launch

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Red Rattler Theatre

6 Faversham Street

Marrickville, NSW 2204

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Immerse yourself in the haunting world of Jex Lopez to celebrate the launch of their single 'La Llorona' at the Red Rattler Theatre.

About this event

A true performer and queer storyteller, Jex Lopez creates quirky, dark, yet inspirational tales with piano, soundscapes and a haunting voice.

Jex Lopez’s fierce and beautiful storytelling and siren songs are medicine for the soul. A celebration of lives lost and loved, Lopez’s show is an authentic offering to the sonic gods” - Betty Grumble, performer.

From fairy tales to Latin divas to circus arts, Lopez draws inspiration from all around the world and shares art in all its forms. Intrinsically tied to their identity as a queer Latina Mestiça with Portuguese/Indian heritage, their music is courageous and timeless, reaching across generations and cultures as Jex responds to our times and strives to heal our collective grief. Lopez’s blend of intelligent lyrics, storytelling, progressive social themes and bold rhythms is as mesmerizing as it is brutally honest. Lopez is an artist like no other; the theatrical, satirical, lyrical and unique delivery of these powerful songs is not to be missed.

La Llorona

Lopez’s unique and self produced version of Hispanic Folk song la Llorona is a haunting legend warning community of the power and vengeance of the river and the female deities that reside over the waterways locally and internationally. Jex’s haunting voice honours the Latin artists that have inspired her such as Chavela Vargas and Llhasa de Sela. In Lopez’s version of this old and well known legend, a wailing woman laments that she has become a shadow of her former magnificent self, through trying to live up to patriarchal expectations and archetypes of the caregiver. Wailing in a wet dress, she rises from the water she once drowned in. Lopez’s own experience recently of the floods in her Northern Rivers town of Lismore affected her deeply. “The town that I loved with all my heart, after having taught nearly every child in the district over the past ten years, was suddenly decimated. It was like a bomb hit us. So many people were homeless and buildings and houses destroyed. We had no infrastructure or food for a while there and things felt really scary. I feared for the lives of so many people I knew. Now I fear for the mental health of our community. The recovery has been big and will be big for a long time to come. The River is warning us about climate change. We need to act now, not in twenty years time. The climate disaster is here.”

The Artwork

The day of the first flood Jex left her Lismore home on the edge of the floods to make space for a family of flood refugees, friends of hers who had little kids and had to leave their home in the middle of the night. As a result Jex spent a large chunk of time disconnected from Lismore in neighbouring Ballina at her grandmother’s home. The outlet of Art was Lopez’s main coping mechanism to grasp and process the traumatic events surrounding the floods. In that time she created the artwork La Llorona on canvas using acrylics, watercolours and pastels. The artwork textures and colours have so many layers hidden underneath and peeking through just like the experiences through the flood. Hispanic buildings Lopez has visited on trips to Mexico and old Portuguese India inspired the colours in this piece.

Artwork prints are avaliable to order. Contact jexlopezmusic@gmail.com

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