Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta
Tucson AZ | Latino
Indie-Mambo is a great characterization for the twelve plus members band Y La Orkesta. Originally from Tucson, Arizona Y La Orkesta's members are primarily from two local bands The Jons and Seven to Blue. Y La Orkesta slam dunk the resurrection of Perez Prado's sound, Sergio's greatest influence that fearlessly created Mambo by combining traditional Cuban rhythms with the swing of American Jazz, and Big Band harmonic sophistications. Unlike revival Mambo from the 1990's, Y La Orkesta maintains their influence from 1940's and 1950's Jazz by utilizing tight percussion and high register trumpets.
Sergio Mendoza-Keyboards, Guitar, Vocal
Marco Rosano-B. Sax/Accordion
Jason Urman-Tenor Sax
Tucson AZ | Latino
Mexico City Mexico | Alternativo & Rock Latino
Mexico City-based DJ and producer Camilo Lara is the creator of the electronic music project Mexican Institute of Sound. Lara is also the president of EMI Mexico. Along with groups like Nortec Collective and Kinky, M.I.S. is part of a growing Mexican electronica movement, encouraging fusions of folk and more traditional music with modern sounds.
Camilo Lara Alvarez is one of Mexico’s leading music entrepreneurs with wide ranging experience.
Camilo spent 17 years at EMI Music Mexico from record executive to head of A&R to President of the label. Camilo then went on to become MD for Virgin Mexico, and also worked for Warner Music Mexico as head of marketing and A&R.
In 2001 he created one of the first independent labels in Mexico called Suave. The label was born as the very first independently owned and financed boutique label in Mexico founded by Camilo, and film director Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter 3, Children of Men). The label has gone onto sign prestigious local acts and licensed acts from international indie labels such as Domino, Wall of Sound etc.
Camilo is the owner of the Mexican Institute of Sound, which has released 3 albums and 2 ep’s. He has done music for several movies such as Rudo & Cursi (A.Cuaron), Second Bakery Attack (Haruki Murakami Short film) and Y Tu Mama Tambien (he got a Grammy Nomination with this one, as best Compilation producer).
Camilo has also done official remixes for Morrissey, Tom Tom Club, Placebo, Beastie Boys among others. He has performed at festivals such as Roskilde, Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo, and his music has been used in several ads, video games and television series such as Big Love, Ugly Betty, Scrubs and FIFA 2010.
Camilo is currently developing the new hub for musical rights called Experimental Workshop – working to license, sign, manage, publish and promote local and international bands and find new ways to monetise music.
Camilo was a finalist of the YCE Music Award 2011.
Gabriel Sullivan &The Taraf de Tucson
Tucson AZ | Alternative
GABRIEL SULLIVAN & THE TARAF DE TUCSON is a blazing nine-piece ensemble that creates a swirling, sweaty, danceable noise ... using twisting violin melodies straight from Romania, the Southwestern twang of Calexico, the greasy groove of cumbia, and a horn section that's equal parts salsa and Balkan brass. They're a Gypsy Reggaeton explosion!
Members of Taraf de Tucson:
Gabriel Sullivan - Vocals, Guitar
Jake Sullivan - Drums
Geoff Hidalgo - Bass
Connor Gallaher: Guitar, Pedal Steel
David Clark - Alto Sax
Jason Urman - Tenor Sax, Accordion
Jon Villa - Trumpet, Vocals
Dante Rosano - Trumpet
Tucson AZ | Alternativo & Rock Latino
Tesoro has a unique sound that captivates even the most sophisticated Flamenco purists and enthusiasts. With rock, blues, and jazz influences, Tesoro takes Flamenco Fusion to a new level. Performing with groups like Del Castillo and Calexico on multiple occasions throughout the years, memorable experiences both to the band members and fans were created. Flamenco dancer Natalie Fernandez performs with the group on occasion and has performed with such acts as the Gipsy Kings and Esteban.
The group was founded in 2000 by Brian Scott and Justin Fernandez. The pair met in high school in Tucson, Arizona and first became aware of each other’s musical hobbies in guitar class. Brian’s background in music was that of classical and alternative rock. He began learning guitar when he was just five-years-old. Justin on the other hand started in piano lessons around the same age, moving to traditional flamenco guitar once he reached his early teenage years. In class, the two immediately began experimenting with a mix between Brian's classical guitar and rock styles and Justin's flamenco background.
Fusion rumba styles were created from the onset as they spent countless hours teaching each other their respective styles and riffs. The Gipsy Kings were a significant influence to both Brian and Justin. The duo was excited to spread their sound to music-goers around the Tucson area, and proceeded to perform regularly at local restaurants and bars. The two collaborated with a local recording studio, bass player, and percussionist to record and release “Como en Vivo” in April of 2003.
Shortly after finishing “Como en Vivo” in April 2003, Andrew McClarron was introduced to the group. A self-taught bassist from Bermuda, Andrew grew up in Tucson and joined the group after being introduced to Brian and Justin through a mutual friend. Andrew made his presence known immediately with his amazing abilities to learn and co-write material, further enhancing the sound established by the duo. The bass element added a unique twist to the flamenco and rock influences that Brian and Justin had created; it seemed like a natural fit. Andrew, a Gipsy Kings and Maná fan from a young age, immediately brought the energy and precision that influenced his playing to Tesoro.
A friend of the Fernandez family began performing as percussionist with the group. The newly formed quartet spent countless hours rehearsing, and began playing numerous shows together around the Tucson and Phoenix areas before long. The group would continue to push the boundaries of flamenco fusion by incorporating drums, creating a sound that captured the seductive rhythm of South American rumbas and precision of jazz and classical melodies. Songs Mohave Road, Encanto, and Muy Chingon would emerge as signature tracks on the band’s “Live in Studio 2A” album released in 2006. Tesoro would later return to KXCI 91.3FM studios in 2011 to record new material for release to the public. Flamenco in the Key of X, Cubano Nuevo, and Tesoro were a few of the original songs that the group recorded and released on the 2011 album.
During the formative years of Tesoro in 2005 and 2006, the group was beginning to experience media recognition from Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, Tucson Weekly, and La Estrella publications for their contribution to the local live music scene. The group also held a successful series of Flamenco Fusion Gypsy Theater productions at the Historic Hotel Congress during 2004 and 2005, providing a stage to showcase the musical talent and diversity of Tesoro. The band collaborated with Flamenco and belly dancers to put on a show that kept audiences intrigued and mesmerized. The band was interested in exploring new ideas and varying approaches to the instrumental music it was performing. The band would then proceed to co-produce a musical theater production for Radio Elektra with Molehill Orchestra and Flam Chen, a gipsy orchestra band and fire-spinning troupe. The event was a massive success and provided a gateway to a more diverse band with the ability to keep fans engaged and excited.
Re-uniting in 2010 Brian, Justin, and Andrew were ready to once again create original music by fusing even more genres together with unique taste and color. The time away allowed each band member to re-focus on their own respective musical styles and bring a fresh perspective to the table. For the very first time vocal arrangements were a focus for Tesoro. Manuel Iñigo, an accomplished vocalist and percussionist jumped at the opportunity to sing with the band. Manuel’s song-writing capabilities were sharp; his passion unmatched. Manuel added a completely new dimension to the band, adding a new layer of flavor to the group’s sound. In addition Justin was singing lead and writing new vocal material, including original vocal songs Viviré and Mírate. Andrew would also begin adding his vocal talents on backup and harmonies. Tesoro was taking flamenco fusion to a new level.
With the addition of Manuel, the group was almost complete. After re-uniting the band was still missing the beat, the backbone of any great Latin/Rock/Fusion band...drums. Andrew sought after Gabriel Kaiser, a well-known drummer in the Tucson area. Gabriel was a perfect fit for the group; with remarkable rhythm, unconditional work ethic, and innovative ideas, Gabriel was eager to learn material and perform live. One of Gabriel's primary musical influences is the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin; which is heard in his drumming when Tesoro performs live. Gabriel added an element to the sound that Tesoro had worked to capture for nearly a decade. Although Tesoro had been known as flamenco fusion, it was solidified with the addition of Gabriel. All moving parts were working together fluidly to create a euphoric listening experience.
The band recorded a live album at Hotel Congress in February 2012. The release was voted as first runner-up in the Tucson Area Music awards (Tucson Weekly TAMMIES), and that same year Tucson Lifestyle name Tesoro as Top Local Entertainment.
In late 2012 Manuel turned his reigns as lead vocalist over to Efisio Giordanelli, a friend of the band who has many years of experience singing. Manuel is forever considered family to Brian, Andrew, Justin, and Gabi. As Tesoro incorporated Efisio's musical talent into new and existing musical compositions, an intriguing and dynamic sound was propelled even further. Efisio’s delicate yet powerful vocal lines and harmonies added a new level of musical sophistication to the group.
Each band member brings a unique background and musical influences to create a fusion of sound sure to inspire the soul. Collectively the group supports various charity events around Tucson; as well as making time to perform for elementary schools to reiterate the importance of musical education. With only great writing years ahead, Tesoro’s dynamic, energetic, and romantic music is what makes the group a must-see.
Tucson AZ |
Last Call Brawlers guitarist Justin Valdez goes solo, indulging in revved-up Tex-Mex, boisterous country punk and humorous lyrics that occasionally verge on the inappropriate. Depending on your point of view, these might include culturally specific tunes such as "Ya-Ta-Hey," "Yaqui Sieras," "Custer's Last (One Night) Stand" and "Bean Dip for Two."