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The Black Butterflies

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.

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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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Video

In A Turkish Bath

Featuring the music of The Black Butterflies
Duration: 13:36

In A Turkish Bath written by Tyrone Laws performed Live at Shrine World Music Venue 03-09-12
Album

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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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.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

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 Three Monkeys

Featuring the music of The Black Butterflies
Duration: 4:32

Mercedes Figueras: alto sax;Tony Larokko: perc, alto sax; Nick Gianni: bass; Bopa "King" Carre: congas perc Rick Bottari: keyboard; Kenny Wollesen, drums, perc.

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