Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles

 
Los Cenzontles

Friday, July 19, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles

The celebrated Bay Area ensemble, whose name means “The Mockingbirds,” creates a compelling contemporary sound deeply rooted in rural Mexican folk music, artfully merging electric bass and drums with traditional folkloric instruments. Returning to SFJAZZ following their triumphant appearance with the iconic Irish band The Chieftains at Davies Symphony Hall last spring, Los Cenzontles bring an infectious energy to every performance and project, having collaborated with Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt and others. Founded in 1989 by guitarist Eugene Rodriguez, the group is a floating assemblage of vocalists and instrumentalists who first appeared on record as part of Papa’s Dream, the children’s album produced by Rodriguez for the seminal L.A. Chicano rock band, Los Lobos. The band has recorded nearly 20 albums, and their newest release, Regeneration, was co-produced by Los Lobos founder David Hidalgo and features appearances by Elvin Bishop and Raul Malo. Los Cenzontles are the performing ambassadors for the San Pablo-based music academy and community space of the same name, devoted to the furthering of traditional Mexican music and art in the Bay Area.

Artist Personnel

Eugene Rodriguez vocals, guitars
Fabiola Trujillo vocals
Lucina Rodriguez vocals, jarana, guitar
Emiliano Rodriguez accordion, guitar, bass

Artist Website

"(The group) both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American. " — The New York Times
"They’re making modern music, but it’s very securely rooted in tradition. " — Linda Ronstadt