A Diverse, Ecleptic Sound

Mexican Divas to enchant under the stars at Ford Amphitheatre

By CaraLuna
Published on LatinoLA: June 5, 2003

A Diverse, Ecleptic Sound

I had the pleasure of being invited to the recital and press conference to the ?Mexican Divas Night Series? a collaboration of Magos Herrera, Iraida Noriega, Jaramar, and Lysa Flores. Together the four women create an ecliptic sound as diverse as Mexico and Mexican people, their music styles range from World Music, Jazz, Pop, Folk, to Spanish Medieval.

The Mexican Diva Series takes place Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 at 7:00 pm at the Ford Amphitheatre. Magos Herrera, and Iraida Noreiga, will perform on Friday, June 6. While Jaramar, and Lysa Flores, will close the series on Saturday, June 7.

Jaramar, from Guadalajara recreates music from the XV century taking her listeners on a cosmic trip from Moorish Spain straight through to modern Mexican folkloric. Her's is a music that not only transcends borders, but also transcends time and space. Jaramar said ?En mi musica no existen las fronteras, no existen las barreras del timpo, ni de paises.? When the Diva was asked about the main objective in her music, she answered that it was a journey of self discovery and self expression.

Lysa Flores, a second generation Mexican American, brings forth her own musical mix, her experience, and her own perspective on Mexican World Music. Lysa, singing a seamless Spanish/English, creates a mix of punk and folkloric. She has just release her new album ?Making a Trophy Girl? in which she proclaims as a political satire spinning from her own experiences as a Mexican American woman here in Los Angeles.

Magos Herrera contributes a completely different influence to the Mexican Divas Series, adding a Brazilian/African, Latin, and jazz component to her music. Magos shared that her main musical influence is jazz, and although she may at times stray from, it she always come back to her roots. Magos will also be releasing her new album ?Paiz Maravilloso? which she says is a mythological place, but to her it represents Mexico, everything from its smog to eating tortillas and avocados.

Like most things Mexican, Iraida Noriega, described her music as a reflection of life and death. She says that her new album ?Viaje de Mar? is a direct reflections of the losses and gains in her personal life, she adds that the record is composed of universal themes.

You can still catch these amazing women this weekend at the Ford Amphitheatre. The show is produced by Opci?n Sonica.

About CaraLuna:
CaraLuna is music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA.

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