New York Times article lauds Los Cenzontles, “something completely new and distinctly American.”
Mexican-American band makes its Seattle debut at Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series Friday, January 15 at 8 pm.
In an article published in the New York Times on December 8, writer Lawrence Downes extolled the virtues of Los Cenzontles (“The Mockingbirds”) the gutsy Chicano band from San Pablo, a small community near Oakland, CA making their Seattle debut at Town Hall on Friday, January 15 at 8 pm. The group has just issued a new album “American Horizon” with guests David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and bluesman Taj Mahal. Of it Downes writes, “It both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.” Los Cenzontles is profoundly respectful of the Mexican-American experience, and deeply engaged with Mexican roots music and Downes notes that their work is “the perfect fit for a country that has been renewed by immigration, but also perplexed and sometimes frightened of it.” A link to the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/opinion/09wed3.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
Town Hall is delighted to be the first venue in Seattle to present this outstanding young band in a concert that features new work, including from “American Horizon” along with soulful ranchera ballads, and jarocho, the stirring music and dance from Veracruz with its African overtones. There is a pre-concert talk at with musician Eugene Rodriguez, the founder of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, the gritty community cultural organization that gave birth to Los Cenzontles, and as Downes says, “has grown some young maestros of its own, like Hugo Arroyo, one of the best players anywhere of the jarana, a ukulele-like instrument from Veracruz, and Lucina Rodriguez, a singer and expert in zapateado dancing.” Both will perform at the Town Hall concert.
Advance tickets are $24/$21 Town Hall members, students & seniors at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800/838-3006. $27/$24 at the door. Town Hall is located at the corner of Eighth and Seneca in the downtown area. For more information: www.townhallseattle.org.