LC Director Eugene Rodriguez Honored With Fanfare Award

In conversation with SFCF President David Stull

Our founder and director Eugene Rodriguez received the annual Fanfare Award from his alma mater The San Francisco Conservatory of Music last week for his musical and community achievements. As part of the ceremony Eugene was publicly interviewed by Conservatory president David Stull about the many connections between cultures, communities, generations, and traditions that Eugene has made during the course of his career. The event, which attracted the highest number of the Conservatory community of stakeholders yet, culminated in a performance by Eugene and his former teacher, Classical Guitar Master David Tanenbaum. They played two duets, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and the Scherzino Mexicano by Manuel Ponce. They were then joined by Eugene’s son and Los Cenzontles Production Manager Emiliano Rodriguez for two traditional sones Jarochos from Southern Veracruz. One of the many connections that Eugene has made in the course of his career is to connect traditional Mexican sones to European Baroque music, from which they were derived, which he studied with David Tanenbaum at the Conservatory. Here is a video of those two pieces. Eugene’s interview and performance were met with great enthusiasm by the Conservatory community. Eugene felt touched and deeply honored by the entire experience.

Click To View Clip Of Jarocho Performance

FLACO JIMENEZ VISITS LOS CENZONTLES

This week the legendary Tex Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez traveled from San Antonio, Tx to record a few classic songs with Los Cenzontles. Flaco is one of our greatest musical heroes. It was a sweet encounter in keeping with our long standing tradition of honoring and collaborating with cultural masters. Stay tuned for a recording and video in the coming year.

Los Cenzontles w/ Flaco Jimenez & Max

The session was part of a collaboration between Los Cenzontles and Los Texmaniacs. For a sneak peak of that project, check out this bolero that we recorded back in October. Puro sentimiento!

NPR SELECTS LOS CENZONTLES SONG AMONG 2016 BEST

We are honored that National Public Radio selected our mariachi cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” among the best songs of 2016.

To view the top 100 songs of 2016 list and our review, click the image above.

Maestro Don Atilano Lopez Patricio Visits

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Click photo to watch a clip of our workshop

We Had the great pleasure to have P’urepecha maestro Atilano Lopez Patricio visit us these past two weeks. We had a photoshoot with him and also recorded eight of his beautiful compositions sung in his native language. Don Atilano also gave a rousing music and dance workshop for our students at our Academy. We proudly learn and promote the unique traditions of Native Michoacan.

In The Studio With Los Texmaniacs

We took full advantage of Los Texmaniac’s presence in the Bay Area and aside from performing with them at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, we recorded a handful of songs in the Tejano style. Max Baca is a legendary bajo sexto player who has performed widely with groups such as The Texas Tornados and tours with Flaco Jimenez. Josh is his 25 year old nephew – an accordion virtuoso. Before our session Max called Flaco who gave us all his blessings on speaker phone! Click here to watch a clip of our performance at Hardly Strictly.Img 9002