La Santa Cecilia Performance
La Santa Cecilia performed at the 6th annual Target Feria de la Familia at Plaza de la Raza on Sunday, July 24, 2011.
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. Based in Los Angeles, the group has a distinctly unique sound, using traditional instruments in a non-traditional way, resulting in music that extends beyond the boundaries of the Latin genre.
La Santa Cecilia, named after the Mexican patron saint of musicians, opened in 2010 for L.A.’s iconic band Ozomatli in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and performed alongside Latin music luminaries such as Peruvian songstress Susana Baca, Mexican darling Ely Guerra, and Raphael Saadiq at a GRAMMY® Benefit Party.
La Santa Cecilia has been a recent invited performer at festivals like South By Southwest, Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, Telemundo + mun2 ‘Descarga’ concert series, Chicago World Music Festival, and Diego Rivera Anahuacali Festival in Mexico City. In addition, beyond a traditional music licensing deal, La Santa Cecilia is performing and contributing two songs to an episode of the popular HBO hit series Entourage, adding joy, color, and a Latin flavor to the quintessential show about the Hollywood scene.
The members of La Santa Cecilia met in various ways – either at school, a showcase, and/or family parties, and some have been friends for years – all with one thing in common: a love of music! Influences range from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. This affinity gave way to a group concept and in 2007, La Santa Cecilia – named after the Mexican patron saint of musicians – was born.
The band is comprised of guitarist Gloria Estrada, accordion and requinto player Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, drummer Hugo Vargas and lead singer Marisoul.
Each member’s relationship to music is as diverse as the music itself. While some like Jose Carlos and Marisoul are entirely self-taught, others like Alex, Gloria, Hugo and Miguel are trained musicians. Gloria won first place in a jazz competition while Miguel was part of the first Afro-Latino student ensemble to travel to Cuba to study and perform. Alex is pursuing a Masters in Commercial Music. Hugo had a band with his brother and Jose Carlos was prompted by his father to learn and instrument for recreational purposes. Marisoul, a passionate charismatic performer whose influences range from Mexican pop icon Yuri and Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa to Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox, was inspired by her mother’s voice and her father’s love of music. She learned her craft from the various musicians who performed at Olvera Street, a hub of Mexican culture and art located in downtown Los Angeles. Her lyrics are the product of life, love and the drunken rants of her father and friends.
To learn more, visit www.lasantacecilia.com.