Join a lively performance and interactive workshop led by Cambalache, a quartet featuring Maestro Cesar Castro, Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval and Juan Perez. Audience members will have an opportunity will learn about the history of Son Jarocho, a tradition specific to Veracruz, Mexico, that fuses elements of Spanish, indigenous, and African music. Participate in a fandango with verse, dance, and percussion as we celebrate this vibrant musical culture.
Cesar Castro began studying Son Jarocho at the age of eleven with renowned harpist Andres Alfonso Vergara. He continued his studies with Gilberto Gutierrez of El Grupo Mono Blanco, from whom he learned Laudería, the practice of making instruments specific to Son Jarocho. Castro has travelled throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe, performing and teaching in community centers, schools, and universities. Castro moved to Los Angeles in 2003, where he formed Quetzal, one of LA’s cornerstone Chicano bands.
Xochi Flores began studying Son Jarocho in 2003 with Quetzal Flores and Russell Rodríguez and frequently travels to Veracruz, where she formed part of the first Encuentro of Chicano/as and Jarochos in Xalap. Since then, Xochi has participated in Candela and Las No que No, two all female Son Jarocho groups from Los Angeles, and has collaborated with Quetzal, Ozomatli, Son del Centro, and Laura Rebolloso.
Chuy Sandoval began playing music in punk bands, and has become an active church musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Chuy started playing Son Jarocho in 2007, and has deepened his expertise over the last ten years.
Juan Perez is a popular upright bass player in LA’s Chicano and San Jarocho music circles, and has performed and recorded with renowned ensemble Son de Madera. Perez is also a primary member of local music legends Quetzal.