Prepare for a grand performance by La Santa Cecilia at The UC Theatre on April 26!
La Santa Cecilia consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Ther common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.
La Santa Cecilia’s self-titled EP was recorded at Lo-Fi Studios in San Bernardino and the legendary Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood. Their song “Chicle” was featured on the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, the independent feature Dish, and the documentary Re-Encounters about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago. Their musician also be heard on KPFK’s radio programs ‘4 O’clock Tuesday’ with Gustavo Arellano and ‘Travel Tips For Aztlan’ with Mark Torres. The band made an on-camera appearance on HBO’s Emmy award-winning hit show Entourage; the episode also featured the songs “Chicle” and “El Farol”. The band also held a two- week residence for the L.A. Philharmonic- sponsored children’s show Summer Sounds, where they performed their songs and acted so as to educate the community of Los Angeles on their very own cultural treasures.
“Wrapped in talent, with their characteristic sound defined by honest and raw orchestrations and compositions that reveal their own character showered with sentiment, La Santa Cecilia continues to create and refine its own style… La Santa Cecilia’s interpretation of ‘La Ingrata’ focuses on the value of traditional sound and its contribution to the sonic development of Mexico… La Santa Cecilia shows us an honest reflection of a sound, a culture and an identity – With Amar y Vivir, a musical classic is born.” -NYLON en Español (translated)
As part of their upcoming tour dates across the United States, Grammy-winners LA SANTA CEILIA will perform September 17th at the historic Hollywood Bowl on an extraordinary triple bill with Mexico’s legendary Latin-Alternative leaders Café Tacvba, and fast-rising Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte.
As a precursor to this very special night, La Santa Cecilia is now releasing ‘Ingráta’ as the latest single and video from their recent critically-acclaimed visual album “AMAR Y VIVIR” which pays tribute to both the band’s Mexican-American heritage, and many of the great songwriters that have been their biggest influences.
With this lovingly crafted rendition of one of Café Tacvba’s most iconic songs (a global rock en espanol classic), La Santa Cecilia slow down the songs frantic pace back to the classic Mexican Music styles from which it was inspired, while flipping the song’s tale of ‘ungrateful’ love to the other side of the relationship – by having Mon Laferte join LSC vocalist La Marisoul for an astounding vocal duet of powerful young women.
“What connects us musically to Café Tacvba, and Mon Laferte, is that we all respectively like looking back. We are inspired by the music of yesteryear, the bolero, the ranchera and classic corridos. I think this is what makes this collaboration very special, “explains La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul. “It gave us the opportunity to record with a contemporary like Mon Laferte, while showing we hold Café Tacvba in the same reverence with many of the great artists from which they found influence.”
‘Ingráta’ was recorded live on a rooftop alongside the Zocalo, the Historic Center of Mexico City – giving an opportunity to appreciate the classic colonial architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral, along with songs traditional folkloric sound.
“It was a song that came to me in adolescence and I did not realize what was happening, which is something very interesting what made Café Tacvba to rescue a public very connected with the Rock in another language, with something very out , And connected it with something original. Today Santa Cecilia is taking this which I find beautiful. He is doing a tribute to Latin American music that finally joins with a lot of art “, said Mon Laferte.
“Fue una canción que llegó a mí en la adolescencia y no me di cuenta lo que estaba sucediendo, que es algo bien interesante lo que hizo Café Tacvba de rescatar a un público muy conectado con el Rock en otro idioma, con algo muy de afuera, y lo conectó con algo originario. Hoy La Santa Cecilia está tomando esto que me parece hermoso. Está haciendo un homenaje a la música latinoamericana que finalmente se junta con muchísimo arte”,señaló por su parte Mon Laferte.
“Amar y Vivir” debuted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Latin Albums chart, and has enjoyed excellent reviews from the press, making it one of the band’s most successful albums to date. The great reception to this production has also led to La Santa Cecilia successfully touring to share their music in countries like Canada, Mexico Colombia and more.