Genre: Alternative / Latin / Rock
Location EAST LOS ANGELES, California, Un
Profile Views: 258921
Last Login: 7/27/2012
Member Since 12/9/2005
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways
Type of Label Indie
BioIn the early nineties, in a tiny cafe on the outskirts of Little Tokyo Los Angeles, Quetzal Flores, a son of two community organizers, formed Quetzal-A new experience in Chicano Music. His goal was to push the boundaries of Chicano Music as we knew it. Twelve years later Quetzal has become of one Los Angeles most important and successful groups. Proclaimed by no less an authority than Los Lobos as ready to carry the torch for Los Angeles's Chicano community, Quetzal embody the soul and the struggle at the heart of the Mexican-American legacy. Their mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, Jazz, R&B, and Rock is supercharged by the dynamic vocals of Martha Gonzalez. Their commitment to using art as a tool for social change is informed and inspired by global grassroots movements. Aside from touring, the band frequently engages in organizing and participating in opening spaces for transnational dialogue. For the past five years they have been instrumental in developing Fandango Sin Fronteras, a dialogue between Chicanos from California and Jarochos(musicians from Veracruz, Mexico). Quetzal's 5th studio album, "Imaginaries" will be released on February 28, 2012 by Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit record label of the national museum of the United States. The album is part of the Tradiciones series. Please visit folkways.si.edu for more information."
MembersMartha Gonzalez - Lead and Backing Vocals, Chekere, Tarima Juan Perez - Electric Bass, Baby Bass, Double Bass Quetzal Flores - Jarana, Requinto Jarocho, Bajosexto, Electric Guitar Tylana Enomoto - Violin Camilo Moreno - percussion
InfluencesLos Lobos, Earth Wind & Fire, The Smiths, Las Tres, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Rocio Durcal, Son De Madera, Juan Gabriel, Marvin Gaye, Journey, The Cure, REM, Led Zepplin, Arsenio Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Los Van Van
We have a show coming up Saturday July 21st at 7PM at The Museum of Making Music. Click here to buy tickets http://lnk.ms/ckBf6
On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7 PM, the Museum of Making Music presents the Global Spotlight Concert Series featuring Quetzal. Tickets are $25; $20 for museum members and $18 for students.