Pascuala Ilabaca is one of the leading performers in Chile’s new prolific scene of young singer/songwriters
Her music is rooted in traditional sounds but also incorporates jazz, pop and rock, and other musical influences gathered throughout her life in such distant places from home as India and Mexico.
On stage, she has a strong visual presence, armed with her accordion and a voice that has the power to sweeten the rhythms and melodies of the band that accompanies her. Ilabaca is a two-time Independent Music Awards winner, which honors music by established and emerging talent worldwide. Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna tours Europe extensively and will be hitting the road in September for their first US tour. The Ashkenaz show will be their Bay Area debut.
The band is comprised of Pascuala Ilabaca (accordion, electric keyboard, & vocals), Jaime Frez (percussion), Christian Chiang (bass & flute), Juan Nunez (guitar), and Miguel Angel Razzouk (saxophone & clarinet).
For the past 11 years LoCura has crafted their own unique musical identity: “Califas Mestizo Music” which is a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punkrock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes. The band’s name (“it cures it”) reflects their ethos of making music a remedy, a theme which permeates lyrics such as “la cultura cura la locura,” cultures cures the madness. Vocalist Kata Miletich, expanding on the group’s influences, notes “one big inspiration for the ways we consciously and unconsciously connect different music is this idea that styles and rhythms travel from Africa, Europe stretching across the Americas and mixing with indigenous sounds. Culture is alive in so many different ways, and shows up in different places to tell a story.” LoCura has released three full length albums, performed in many places around the world and is currently writing and recording music for their fourth album.
LoCura is comprised of Kata Miletich (lyrics & vocals), Bob Sanders (guitar & vocals), Juan Manuel Caipo (electric bass), Katiana Vilá (percussion, cuatro, & vocals), and Melissa Cruz (cajon & Flamenco Dance). Cruz will dance Flamenco during a few songs. Videos: www.locuramusica.weebly.com/video.html