Live Music by Los Cenzontles
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Los Cenzontles. Photo by Mike Melnyk
"[Los Cenzontles] both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly America." —The New York Times
Los Cenzontles ("The Mockingbirds" in Nahuatl) dig deep into Latino traditions, bringing Mexican traditions to new generations. Pioneering a powerful new hybrid sound and creating a fresh Chicano voice, the group also promotes cultural pride and understanding.
Fronting the group is the dynamic vocal dueto of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez. Los Cenzontles effortlessly mix electric bass and drums with traditional Mexican instruments—jarana, vihuela, requinto, pandero, and quijada (jawbone)—creating a contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico’s rural roots music.
The group’s core members also operate Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, California, which has been training area youths in traditional Mexican music, dance, and crafts since 1994.
Friday Nights at the de Young public programs are free. Tickets are required to view permanent collection galleries and the special exhibitions.
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The Season Sponsor of Friday Nights at the de Young is Hanson Bridgett. Additional support is provided by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.