New Los Cenzontles Tex-Mex Album Carta Jugada

On May 26 Los Cenzontles will release ‘Carta Jugada’, a new collaborative album of classic Tex Mex songs with San Antonio based Los Texmaniacs and accordion legend Flaco Jiménez.

LC Academy Alumni Stories

What impact has Los Cenzontles Academy had in the lives of our alumni? We recently asked some what they do, how they contribute to society, and how Los Cenzontles impacted them. Click Here to read their wonderful replies.

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.