Concert: Quetzal and Son de Madera, Friday February 23

University Theatre, Riverside, 8 p.m.
Admission $22 general/$12 students and seniors. Parking: $5 in Lot 6 (no fee with UC permit). Tickets 951 827 4331.

Quetzal, a Los Angeles-based group presenting Chicano music in collaboration with Son de Madera, one of the best-known son jarocho groups from Veracruz, Mexico.


Quetzal. In 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). Their new CD “Die Cowboy Die,” has been recently released.

Quetzal: Martha González, Quetzal Flores, César Castro, Juan Pérez, Quincy McCrary, Andy Mendoza.

Son de Madera. Founded in 1992 and endowed with an enormous talent for musical arrangements and tradtion research, Son de Madera is heralded as one of the most innovative ensembles to delve into the rich son jarocho tradition, and one of the main exponents of the son jarocho movement in Veracruz, Mexico. Based in Xalapa, their repertoire comes mainly from the songs of the traditional fandango, the festivitiy that usually takes place around a tarima, or dance platform, in Southern Veracruz. Son de Madera's main goal is the diffusion of the son jarocho based on the research of the traditonal music and the incorporation of new sounds.
In the summer of 2003 Son de Madera performed at the main folk and traditional music festivals of Canada. In fall of that year, they began a tour that lead them to participate in the Wereldfeest of Utrecht, Holland, Farinera del clot of Barcelona, Mercado de música viva de vic in Spain, Schouwburg Odeon in Zwolle and Kit Tropentheater in Amsterdam. The tour ended in the Festival de las andalucías atlánticas in Essaouira, Morocco. Subsequently, Son de Madera has appeared in the united states at the Chicago Old Town School of Music, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley and at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

Son de Madera: Ramón Gutiérrez, Andrés Vega, Tereso Vega, Juan Pérez.