Los Cenzontles
Friday, October 15, 2010, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)Mexican roots music revivalists—CD release show $20.50 advance / $21.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
October 15 8:00 pm

Los CenzontlesInternationally renowned conjunto Los Cenzontles (the Mockingbirds) dig deep into the rich vein of Latino music, presenting polished gems both traditional and original, while promoting pride and cultural understanding.

This remarkable group has pioneered revivals of Mexican roots music in California, bringing its traditions to new generations and creating a powerful new hybrid sound. Tonight's show celebrates the endless variety and imagination of Mexican music, spotlighting numbers from their new CD, Raza de Oro, a collection of Mexican roots music that pays tribute to the legacy of beauty and strength of Mexican-American culture.

Fronting Los Cenzontles are the dynamic duet vocals of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez, with musicians including Hugo Arroyo and Eugene and Emiliano Rodriguez mixing electric bass and drums with traditional Mexican instruments—jarana, vihuela, and requinto (guitars), pandero (drum), and quijada (jawbone)—to create a powerful contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico's rural roots music.

The group's parent organization, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, in nearby San Pablo, has a two-decades-old history of teaching traditional arts as a means of strengthening youth, their families, and the local community.

Los Cenzontles' new video "Soy Mexicano Americano" is featured on National Geographic's World Music webpage.

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