Silvestre Martinez was born in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. He grew up in a large family of musicians, who played chilena, merequetengue and charanga music, which is Afro-Mexican music from the coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero.








Ricardo Rosales is a classically trained bassoonist from the school of music of Guanajuato University, Mexico. He has over 18 years experience teaching music theory and practice with students of all ages. He has been with Los Cenzontles since March 2017 teaching guitar, piano and chorus (voice). In addition to teaching and playing Mexican folk music, he enjoys playing with the San Francisco State University Orchestra and with chamber groups around the Bay Area.






Sandra Poindexter was born and raised in Oakland, where she studied violin from early childhood. Her musical experience expands from classical to jazz, Cuban, mariachi, and flamenco. Sandy toured for 15 years with alto sax player John Handy’s group, touring the world and performing at the great jazz venues and festivals. She currently plays with Oruesta La Moderna Tradicion, Avotcja and Modupue, and Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids. She is the recipient of the Premerio Artistico all Violinista award for the 2017 Novara Jazz Festival in Novara, Italy, as well as the Bay Area’s Jazz Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.