Friday October 30th
5pm – 6pm.
Where: Facebook page of SF Jazz Center.
Mexican-American singer and songwriter Lila Downs is a GRAMMY winner and one of the most celebrated artists of her generation.
A native of Oaxaca, she’s built a career bridging cultures and languages, both as a musician and social activist for humanitarian causes.
With guidance from her vocalist mother and inspiration from Mexican singing greats Chavela Vargas and Lucha Villa balanced by the gamut of American music she heard in the States,
Downs made her major label debut with 1999’s jazz-informed La Sandunga, and her contributions to the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida elevated her status to that of a major international star. She’s won a GRAMMY and multiple Latin GRAMMYs, including a nod for her newest Sony Music album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Salon, Tears and Desire). This performance, filmed in May 2019, is a celebration of that release.
An astonishingly gifted vocalist with a classically trained three-octave range, and an arresting songwriter who tells poignant stories about love, death, loss, and betrayal, Lila Downs is a genre unto herself. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca,
Downs sings of a Pan-American social consciousness in her rousing performances, drawing on folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, and American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop—blending irreverent and fun themes with serious social and political concerns in a distinctive style the Washington Post has called “cantina classical.”