Silvestre Martinez was born in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. He grew up in a large family of musicians, who played Afro-Mexican music from the coast. At the age of 10, Silvestre began performing and recording with his Uncle’s band. At 15, he moved to Oaxaca City to study percussion. Steeped in the rhythms of Latin jazz, he developed an excellent reputation in Oaxaca, and success in Mexico led to opportunities to perform around the world. Silvestre’s ultimate dream was to play percussion in the United States. That dream was realized when he moved to the Bay Area in 2002, performing with legendary Latin jazz musicians such as Louie Romero, Karl Perazzo, Orestes Vilato, Jorge Santana, as well as Los Cenzontles.



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 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.



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