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The Black Butterflies are individuals who come together from different cultural, ethnical, and geological backgrounds, brought together by spirit to elevate the listener to a higher plain of consciousness with their music. Like the butterfly, who uses its' experience of being born and having to endure survival as a caterpillar from aerial and earth bound predators to morph into the butterfly, we have done likewise. In doing so we have become a group that bring high energy, intensity, and passion to our music that brings about healing. As the butterfly spreads its wings in flight it spreads healing and pollination all over the world as it goes from flower to flower around the world, we the Black Butterflies have morphed and spread our wings to bring about the same healing and pollination through our music. So experience the healing and spiritual force of The Black Butterflies.

Luisa

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Hambone/Adios Nonino; Gato’s Hat; Luisa; Brother Nacho, Sister Lola; Merceditas; Love Samba; Por una Cabeza.

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The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a rare musician confident enough in his or her abilities to subsume their own name under a group moniker, but even as saxophonist/composer Mercedes Figueras maintains her independence via a personal presence on the web under her own moniker, she has taken that humble step with the Black Butterflies. Coalescing in 2010, the quintet's previous ...

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The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Matt Marshall

On their two previous releases, 1 de Mayo (2010) and Rainbows for Ramon (2012), The Black Butterflies built soulful, searching jazz with dense, kinetic layers of Latin and African rhythms. Using both group improvisation and individual statements, they freely, yet unhurriedly, explored the boundaries of their music, often lingering in spots to let the tonal palette ...

Rainbows for Ramon

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Intro to The 3 Monkeys; The 3 Monkeys; Together; Summertime; Rainbows For Ramon; Wind Chimes; Lumkili; Balafon Madness.

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Intro to the 3 Monkeys; The 3 Monkeys; Together; Summertime; Rainbows for Ramon; Wind Chimes; Lumkili; Balafon Madness: Africa Meets China.

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The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When passion turns into art the effect can be stunning. Saxophonist Mercedes Figueras proves this in her masterful blend of jazz including Latin music, African rhythms and a high-energy dollop of free jazz. What makes it all the more tantalizing is the way in which she and her band scope and enlarge the composition. Figureas plays ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon

Read "The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon" reviewed by Matt Marshall

The Black ButterfliesRainbows for RamonSelf Produced2012Judging by its title alone, some might expect Rainbows for Ramon, the sophomore release by The Black Butterflies, to be a flighty affair that trills off into flowery musical fields fit for skipping unicorns. It is not this (thankfully), even though joyful melodic ...

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The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Black Butterflies is a Latin free-for-all led by reed multi- instrumentalist Mercedes Figueras, an Argentinean transplanted to New York City. Figueras and band follows up a well- received debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), with Rainbows for Ramon. Reviewed in capable detail by Dan Bilawsky and Karl Ackermann, Rainbows for Ramon--and, in particular, Figueras' ...

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The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Black Butterflies' debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), introduced an ensemble that found beauty in brashness and an all-inclusive recipe for musical creation. The group found its way by liberally mixing free jazz, Latin music, blues, John Coltrane-like spiritualism, primal urges and strong rhythmic elements, giving their music a sense of raw immediacy that's ...


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