Lila Downs' Día de los Muertos: AL CHILE
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Lila Downs' Día de los Muertos: AL CHILE

w/ Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
& Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas

Oct 12, 2019
Paramount Theatre

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Original show description below.

Additional tickets may be available through the Paramount Theatre.

With “a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots” (LA Times), GRAMMY-winning vocalist Lila Downs is one of the most celebrated singers of her generation. She brings a special night of music to the Paramount, celebrating Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

ABOUT GRANDEZA MEXICANA & MARIACHI FEMENIL FLORES
First united with Lila Downs at the Ford Theatres in 2016, Grandeza Mexicana is the premiere folk ballet company in Los Angeles. They are celebrating 15 years as a company under the artistic direction of founder, Jose Vences.

Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas has established itself as the leading all-female mariachi group in the Southwest. Since their 2001 inception in El Paso, their rich sound and inspiring musicianship is a strong and elegant statement not typically seen in a traditionally male-dominated art form.

A native of Oaxaca, Downs built a career bridging cultures and languages, both as a musician and social activist for humanitarian causes. Growing up as the daughter of a Mixtec singer and a renowned American photographer, Downes blended a deep passion for the traditions of her homeland with an ingrained wanderlust. With guidance from her mother and inspiration from Mexican vocal greats Chavela Vargas and Lucha Villa balanced by the gamut of American music she heard in the States, Downs began singing rancheras at eight and explored the indigenous music of the Mixtec and Zapotec traditions of Oaxaca. She made her major label debut with 1999’s jazz-informed La Sandunga, and her contributions to the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida elevated her status to that of a major international star. Downs has become recognized worldwide as a global ambassador for Mexico’s folkloric traditions and champion for the preservation of native Mexican culture, recording songs in indigenous Mayan, Nahuatl, Trique, and Purépecha languages. She’s won a GRAMMY and three Latin GRAMMYs, including a nod for 2015’s Balas y Chocolate and her newest Sony Music album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Salon, Tears and Desire).

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Downs has become recognized worldwide as a global ambassador for Mexico’s folkloric traditions and champion for the preservation of native Mexican culture.

Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto.

The New York Times

Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto.

The New York Times

Personnel

Lila Downs vocals
Paul Cohen tenor saxophone & musical director
George Deutsch trumpet
George Saenz Jr. accordion & trombone
Rafael Gomez guitar
Sinuhé Padilla jarana, guitar, & zapateo
Luis Guzman bass
Edgardo Serka drums
Nikki Campbell percussion

Max Bernstein production & video design
Elena Tilli video
Christian Lemay illumination

Featuring:
Grandeza Mexicana (directed by Jose Vences)
Mariachi Flores Femenil (directed by Lilly Sanchez)

Trained as an opera singer, and a specialist in Mexican folk, Lila Downs is remarkable for her vocal and emotional range.

The Guardian

Personnel

Lila Downs vocals
Paul Cohen tenor saxophone & musical director
George Deutsch trumpet
George Saenz Jr. accordion & trombone
Rafael Gomez guitar
Sinuhé Padilla jarana, guitar, & zapateo
Luis Guzman bass
Edgardo Serka drums
Nikki Campbell percussion

Max Bernstein production & video design
Elena Tilli video
Christian Lemay illumination

Featuring:
Grandeza Mexicana (directed by Jose Vences)
Mariachi Flores Femenil (directed by Lilly Sanchez)

Trained as an opera singer, and a specialist in Mexican folk, Lila Downs is remarkable for her vocal and emotional range.

The Guardian

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