GA $15 advance, $20 door
Opening set by Sonido Clash resident DJs 8 – 8:45pm
Troker 9 – 10:30pm
Feb 24 Friday 8pm
Genre(s): latin jazz
Born in different states from Mexico, the six musicians in Troker have diverse musical backgrounds, which add richness to their music: jazz, rock, funk, psychedelic, hip hop, and even cumbia is explored in their vibrant compositions.
They began in 2004 as a bar band in Guadalajara (where they now live) and learned how to get an audience on its feet, found their voice, and developed a personal, unique sound in the process. Over the last decade, Troker has expanded from hard-gigging to shows all across Mexico, Latin America, the United States, and Europe. But the band’s biggest moment came last year, when became the first band to play twice, in consecutive years, at the West Holts Stage in the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. Their concerts are, in the words of All About Jazz, “noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, and altogether wonderful.”
Troker is an instrumental hard-groove band that fuses jazz, rock, and funk with anything they find on the way, leaving behind a Mexican flair. After 10 years of juxtaposing pulp fiction-esque vamps and high-stakes musicianship, Troker knows what it takes to move a crowd.
Their first record was released after three years of playing together five days a week; that is how Jazz Vinil (2007) could be composed in the recording studio in one week and then captured in session. Remarkably in Troker there is no musical director, or composer. The whole band participates in the same way, it’s truly a democratic creative process with friends that perfectly know each other.
While the second album El Rey del Camino (King of the Road) was released, Troker began touring outside their country and established themselves within the Mexican music scene as one of the most diverse and productive bands. They are not settling to record albums, do promotional tours and sell merchandise—they also came up with concerts for kids, programs for marginalized areas of big cities, workshops, and a multidisciplinary collaboration with a new score to join the most important Mexican silent movie called The Grey Automobile (1919), commissioned by the National Council for Culture and the Arts.
Months after that great experience of composing from a chronicle of historic images, the musicians decided to immerse in a new challenge creating a piece that could develop and grow at its own pace. Inspired by a wizard’s village in Michoacan, called Cheran (which is still fighting for independence for its indigenous ancient traditions), the result was a seven movement 19-minute piece EP called Pueblo de Brujos (Wizards Village), released in 2011.
Touring around the world opens the mind, and during three years Troker was constantly exposed to different cultures and ways of listening to live music. That is how the band came up with the idea of composing a new album that could make the audience dance without knowing how. They create a live experience based on waves of energy between the sublime and the dangerous, turning on a dime to switch from precise and complex, to wild and free.
To do that, the six-piece group has created a blend of the composed and the improvised, where metal riffage merges with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, and horn lines pull from jazz and the mariachi tradition of the band’s homeland. The heady mix is in full effect on their new album, Crimen Sonoro (2014).