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A musical take on the iconic Mexican game of chance including a CD, 8 letter press boards & deck of 60 illustrated cards with lyrics.
A musical take on the iconic Mexican game of chance including a CD, 8 letter press boards & deck of 60 illustrated cards with lyrics.
162 backers pledged CA$ 7,436 to help bring this project to life.

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A new lotería!

The game I am asking you to help bring to fruition is a fun and educational departure from the traditional lotería. It consists of 60 linoleum print images I created between 1999 and 2001 in Mexico illustrating traditional "sones" (songs) from Veracruz, custom printed on 8 playing boards at Lunar Caustic Press in Toronto, using the letter press technique. 

Here are all of the images I created for the lotería.

It will also include a deck of 60 illustrated cards, printed with the new verses written specially for the playing of the game. Each verse is an "adivinanza" (riddle) with the title coming at the very end or poetically insinuated. The game is played by reciting or singing the verses.

For example:

Al atravezar la luna - su silueta se dibuja. 

Dicen que es una hechicera - y otros le llaman......LA BRUJA.

Also included is a  CD I will record of the 60 sones jarochos that are part of this lotería. Listening to the tracks on "shuffle" mode provides a novel way to play the game while listening to the music and poetry.

How I got started

It all began when I lived in Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz in 1999 during a glorious year spent learning from veteran musicians in the countryside. 

Playing with an old friend last time I was in Santiago

This was where I was inspired to illustrate the repertoire of traditional songs that have been played in the region for centuries. It took me three years to produce the 60 linoleum prints which I decided to transform into a new version of the traditional Mexican "lotería" game.

In 2001 I was able to produce a modest edition of the loteria which quickly went out of print. Since then I have continued to perfect the game by performing it at all kinds of festivals and venues such as cafes, libraries, parks and universities. The activity involves me singing each song as it is drawn from the deck of cards. However, the loteria jarocha has not been available for people to take home with them. At l am ready to put all the pieces together and provide you with this special edition.

REWARDS

Here are some of the rewards I am offering to supporters:

"LA BRUJA" Limited edition silkscreen print on 100% cotton paper. Signed edition of 10 printed at Kid Icarus in Toronto. 18" X 24". Only available here.

"El Gallo" Limited edition silkscreen print on 100% cotton paper. Signed edition of 10 printed at Kid Icarus in Toronto.  18" X 24". Only available here.

My most recent CD "Nuevos Caminos a Santiago" along with a CD of unreleased live Cafe Con Pan recordings. The lyric booklet is illustrated with lotería jarocha prints.

Cafe Con Pan CD
Cafe Con Pan CD

Signed copies of my book about son jarocho called "Lotería Jarocha"

Lotería Jarocha book
Lotería Jarocha book

Choose from 30 of my "lotería" limited edition prints. Only one of each image left in my collection. 

La guacamaya
La guacamaya
El gallo
El gallo

Risks and challenges

We have made our funding goal somewhat lower than the cost of the project when shipping, kickstarter fees and other expenses are taken into account. If we exceed the goal then that will help. If not we are planning to do some fundraising concerts with my group Cafe Con Pan before the end of the summer.

We are getting ready to record the CD that used to play the loteria. The challenge of recording such a large number of sones is daunting. Several of them are practically unknown. I feel confident because I have been singing them as part of my performances for over a decade. The struggle to refine the verses for the recording is in the final stage. I sing them again and again and make adjustments until I am sure that they work musically and poetically within the particular context of each son jarocho. My intent is that the audio component will make this special edition of the loteria a valuable educational tool.

I am also putting the final touches on the design of the boards and cards so that the visual appeal of the game will be utmost. I am excited to work with Lunar Caustic Press where I know they won't settle for less than exquisite printing quality. You may be faced with the dilemma of whether to play the game or frame it.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $5

    You will receive a Cafe Con Pan sticker in the mail with a personalized thank you note written on an out of print lotería card from my collection. ESPAÑOL

    Recibirás una calcomania de Café Con Pan en el correo con una nota de agradecimiento escrito sobre una carta de la lotería que imprimí en 2000 y que ahora está fuera de circulación.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    Let me surprise you with a peronalized ¡GRACIAS! card featuring one of my lotería images, in appreciation for helping to bring the lotería jarocha into the world. ESPAÑOL

    Déjame sorprenderte con una carta de agardecimiento impresa con una imagen de la lotería como muestra de aprecio por haber ayudado a traer la lotería al mundo.

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    Pledge CA$ 23 or more About $21

    Signed "Nuevos Caminos a Santiago" Cafe Con Pan CD along with additional CD of unreleased live Cafe Con Pan recordings exclusive to kickstarter pledgers. (The album cover was selected by CBC as one of the top 50 Canadian album covers of all time!) ESPAÑOL

    Una copia firmada de mi CD con Café Con Pan "Nuevos Caminos a Santiago junto con un CD de grabaciones ineditas y en vivo de Café Con Pan. Una exclusiva para ustedes.

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    Pledge CA$ 24 or more About $22

    Signed copy of my book about son jarocho "Lotería jarocha", published by The Porcupine's Quill. I have written about all of the sones that are part of the lotería. A delightful read and a pleasure to hold. ESPAÑOL

    Una copia firmada de mi libro acerca del son jarocho "Lotería Jarocha" publicada por The Porcupine's Quill. He escrito acerca de todos los sones incluidas en la lotería.

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    Pledge CA$ 26 or more About $24

    A limited edition El Gallo T-shirt (lotería jarocha print of rooster) available in large-medium-small. Perhaps the most popular image from the lotería. ESPAÑOL

    Un edición limitada en playera del grabado El Gallo. Disponible en pequeña-mediana-grande. Tal vez la imagen más popular de la lotería.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $28

    Lotería Jarocha game (includes 8 boards, a deck of 60 illustrated cards and the verses to call out the game & the CD I will record with all 60 sones jarochos). The beauty of the letter press printed boards will make this a collector's item. ESPAÑOL

    El juego de Lotería Jarocha (incluye 8 cartones, un juego de 60 cartas con los versos para gritar la lotería y el CD que voy a grabar con los 60 sones) La belleza de la impresión de los cartons lo va a ser un objeto para collecionistas.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $47

    A private jarana or guitarra de son lesson with me. Choose the son you would like to learn from the Lotería Jarocha. (Available only in Toronto) ESPAÑOL

    Una clase particular de jarana o guitarra de son. Puedes escoger cual son de la lotería quieres aprender. (solamente disponible en Toronto)

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    Pledge CA$ 54 or more About $50

    The Lotería game and the Lotería book.( Let me know who you would like me to dedicate the book to) The book contains history, anecdotes and recollection about all of the sones in the Lotería game.

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    Pledge CA$ 56 or more About $52

    Loteria Jarocha game with CD and El Gallo Tshirt. --Lotería Jarocha game (includes 8 boards, a deck of 60 illustrated cards and the verses to call out the game & the CD I will record with all 60 sones jarochos). The beauty of the letter press printed boards will make this a collector's item. A limited edition El Gallo T-shirt (lotería jarocha print of rooster) available in large-medium-small. Perhaps the most popular image from the lotería. ESPAÑOL

    El juego de Lotería Jarocha (incluye 8 cartones, un juego de 60 cartas con los versos para gritar la lotería y el CD que voy a grabar con los 60 sones) La belleza de la impresión de los cartons lo va a ser un objeto para collecionistas. Una edición limitada en playera del grabado El Gallo. Disponible en pequeña-mediana-grande. Tal vez la imagen más popular de la lotería.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $61

    Exclusive "El Gallo" silkscreen print. Signed 2-colour limited edition of 10. 18" X 24" on pure cotton paper. Only available here.

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    Exclusive "LA BRUJA" silkscreen print. Signed 2-colour limited edition of 10. 18" X 24" on pure cotton paper. Only available here.
    (see image in update #8 and project description)

    "LA BRUJA" serigrafía exclusiva. Dos tintas. Edición limitada de 10 copias. 18" X 24" impresa sobre papel 100% algodón. Solamente disponible aquí.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $93

    Gran Combo! The Lotería Jarocha, my children's book "Mario's Jarana"(only 4 of these left in print), my "Lotería Jarocha" book, the Cafe Con Pan CD, "El Gallo T-shirt ESPAÑOL

    Gran Combo! Recibirás La Lotería Jarocha, mi libro para niños "La Jarana de Mario (solamente quedan 6 en existencia), mi libro "Lotería Jarocha", el CD de Café Con Pan, Una playera del "Gallo".

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    Pledge CA$ 110 or more About $102

    "Faces of Son Jarocho" limited edition linoleum print, digital book and audio download. 6 of my portraits of son jarocho musicians are available along with a digital version of the bilingual book containing all 30 portraits and interviews with son jarocho musicians. You will also receive a special audio of selected original interviews. Choice of print will be based on the order of the pledges. You can view the 6 images under update 4 in the updates section. One copy is available of each of the following prints: Juan Polito, Catalino Goxcon, Esteban Utrera, Juana Rosario, Armando Sosa & Maria Baxin ---ESPAÑOL

    "Rostros del Son Jarocho" grabado en linóleo, libro digital, y audio original de una selección de las entrevistas. La opción del grabado depende del orden del "pledge". Hay una copia disponible de los siguientes grabados: Juan Polito, Catalino Goxcon, Esteban Utrera, Juana Rosario, Armando Sosa & Maria Baxin

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    Pledge CA$ 120 or more About $112

    Choose one of the following limited edition signed prints from the "Lotería Jarocha" series. (9.5 X 9.5 inches) They are hand printed by me on handmade japanese paper and there is only one of each as they are the last copies I have left. The choice of prints will be given based on the order the pledges are made. The images can be viewed at:

    http://www.alecdempster.net/Loteria_Jarocha/Fandanguito_Gallery.html

    Here is the list:
    La guacamaya -
    El gallo -
    La iguana -
    La bamba -
    El toro zacamandú -
    Los pollos -
    Los enanos -
    La tarasca -
    El pájaro cú -
    El trompo -
    El butaquito -
    El camotal -
    La candela -
    El ahualulco -
    El balajú -
    El buscapiés -
    El borracho -
    La indita -
    Las poblanas -
    La bruja -
    ESPAÑOL

    Escoge un de los grabados originales de mi Lotería Jarocha. Impresos por mi sobre papel japonés hecho a mano. Solamente queda uno de cada imagen en la siguiente lista. La guacamaya -
    El gallo -
    La iguana -
    La bamba -
    El toro zacamandú -
    Los pollos -
    Los enanos -
    La tarasca -
    El pájaro cú -
    El trompo -
    El butaquito -
    El camotal -
    La candela -
    El ahualulco -
    El balajú -
    El buscapiés -
    El borracho -
    La indita -
    Las poblanas -
    La bruja -

    Se pueden ver en la siguiente página.
    http://www.alecdempster.net/Loteria_Jarocha/Fandanguito_Gallery.html

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    Lotería session/performance. I will come to your home, birthday party, school, community centre, picnic etc to play/perform the lotería with live music. Up to 50 people can play. (Only available in Toronto) Duration: 1 hour ESPAÑOL

    Iré a tu casa, cumpleaños, escuela, centro comunitario, picnic etc para jugar la lotería con música en vivo. Hasta 50 personas pueden jugar. (solamente disponible en Toronto. Duración: 1 hora.

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