La Santa Cecilia: L.A.'s Best Kept Secret

The bilingual group that seamlessly brings all genres home from south of the border announces summer 2009 season

Published on LatinoLA: July 23, 2009

La Santa Cecilia: L.A.'s Best Kept Secret

Los Angeles's best kept secret‘«™no more.. La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative musical & artistic hybrid. In an explosion of sound, Latin experimental band and cultural ambassador the band takes the stage this summer with a series of tour dates in Southern California.

Fresh off the heels of a truly historic performance at 2nd year anniversary party of Mucho Wednesdays (the hottest multi-cultural night @ LA CITA in Downtown Los Angeles) which will remain as one of those memorable events that only L.A.' music scene can offer.

Click here to watch La Santa Cecilia.

La Santa Cecilia, who take their name after the 'Patron Saint of Musicians', are a six-member band who defies all musical genres and languages with innovative fusions of Regional Mexican, Punk, Jewish Klezmer, and continues to garner public acclaim as the bilingual and multicultural group that seamlessly brings all genres home from South of the border. Mixes of infectious bossa nova, joyous cumbia, melancholic bolero, incandescent tango and riveting percussion and jazz blend with the strong and soulful voice of lead singer Marisoul, a passionate charismatic performer, whose influences range from Mexican pop icon Yuri, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, to Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox to create a must-see spectacle like no other in the City of Angels.

‘«ů Aug 1: Grand Performances Summer Series on August 1 at 7 p.m. at the California Plaza located on 251 South Olive St. in Los Angeles. The concert is free and open to the public.
‘«ů Aug 2: The Ford: Tia Chuchas Celebration of Community & Culture
‘«ů Aug 12: The Levitt Pavillion Concert Series (MacArthur Park)
‘«ů Sept 23: Rumba Room: BMI Noches Mexicanas

The group is comprised of guitarist Gloria Estrada, accordion and requinto player Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, drummer Hugo Vargas and lead vocalist Marisoul. The band's eclectic Latin sound is accentuated by Marisoul's powerful performances during live shows that are more like all-out house parties, Mexico-style, as well as La Santa Cecilia's constant and intimate connection to their fans via arts and crafts gatherings held prior to the shows. At the pre-party get-togethers, fans and musicians alike design collectable pins and different versions of album covers, available for sale as mementos at every show.

La Santa Cecilia's work includes a self titled EP that features: the seductive carnival-in-a-song "SambaQue" , the provocative and spiteful "Se Va", the soulful English language track "Jack", Norte??o powered accordion sound of "Chicle", and the inventive Jewish musical influence on "Klezmer".

The band's music has been featured on the Emmy award-winning series "Weeds", Brian Krinsky's film "Dish", the documentary "Re-Encounters" and KPFK's darlings featured on
"4 O'clock Tuesday" with Gustavo Arellano and performed LIVE in studio on 'Travel Tips For Aztlan'.

Through heartfelt music, homemade art and consistent live performances, La Santa Cecilia continues to connect with their fans ‘«Ű many of whom feel the band represents exactly who they are: a new generation of cultural hybrids whose creativity has no boundaries.

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