Music of Mexico: Quetzal and Son De Madera

Department of Music

questzal son de madera

Music of Mexico
Quetzal and Son de Madera
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.

February 23, Friday
8:00 pm
University Theatre

Tickets: (951) 827-4331
$22 General, $12 Students/Seniors

Parking: $5.00 in Lot 6 (No fee with UC permit)

Information: (951) 827-3245

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).

Quetzal members: 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 tradition 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 festivity 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 traditional 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 members: Ramón Gutiérrez, Andrés Vega, Tereso Vega, Juan Pérez.

Music of Mexico - Quetzal and Son de Madera is the concert portion of Encuentros/Encounters 2007, an annual celebration of the Iberian and Latin American musical heritage through the presentation of original research and high-quality performance in a particular area of interest. Forthcoming Encuentros/Encounters focus on music of the Philippines in celebration of 110 years of independence (2008), and contemporary music in Brazil (2009). Later Encuentros/Encounters will explore the music of colonial Mexico and the California missions, tango, and flamenco.

Encuentros/Encounters 2007 is made possible through the generous support of the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and UC MEXUS.

Quetzal and Son de Madera are represented by Eye for Talent, Inc.


Fine Arts Ticket Office: (951) 827-4331
located on campus at the University Theatre north of Lot 6
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am. - 4:00 pm and one hour before the performance.

Ticketmaster: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com

Parking: $5.00 in Lot 6 (No fee with UC permit)
Information: (951) 827-3245, www.music.ucr.edu
E-mail kathleen.deatley@ucr.edu to receive e-mail notices about concerts and lectures at UCR.

Kathleen DeAtley
Publicity/Publications Manager
Departments of Dance, Music and Theatre
University of California, Riverside - ARTS 125
900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521-0325
(951) 827-3245

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