Performance by Son de Madera and Quetzal:

"Mexican Strings, Chicano Vibes."

11/08/2008 Saturday - 8 p.m. The Rialto Center for the Arts


Son de MaderaMexico's Son de Madera, exemplars of that country's Son Jarocho tradition, take the stage with L.A.'s Quetzal, whose unique mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, R&B, and rock creates a new experience in Chicano music. Founded in 1992, Son de Madera showcase the Son Jarocho musical tradition born in Veracruz, Mexico, whose sensuous sounds emanate from traditional three-stringed instruments.  Quetzal masterfully employs female vocals and violin to create music that conveys the soul and the struggle at the heart of the Mexican-American experience. Sibling duet Martha and Gabriel Gonzalez, use their music as a tool for social change, and it is informed by global grassroots movements. The Rialto double-header performance gives voice to the very real dialogue - both musical and otherwise - hat is ongoing between California's Chicanos and their brethren in Mexico.