Performance by Son de Madera and Quetzal:
"Mexican Strings, Chicano Vibes."
11/08/2008 Saturday - 8 p.m. The Rialto Center for the Arts
Mexico'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. http://www.rialtocenter.org/