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

LC Director Eugene Rodriguez will be honored by the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music at Fanfare 2017

Linda Ronstadt Donates Costumes To Los Cenzontles

We are very proud to announce that our dear friend, the legendary singer Linda Ronstadt has donated costumes from her sensational theatrical presentation Canciones De Mi Padre to Los Cenzontles.

Canciones De Mi Padre

Canciones De Mi Padre was a wildly successful recording project and concert tour that resonated deeply with Mexicans and Mexican Americans alike. We are deeply honored by this gift.

“Covers” by Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles Covers

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) proudly releases its newest album “Covers” featuring rock n roll n roll covers using Latin rhythms and instruments. Songs will be released as singles, nine total in two-week intervals beginning March 18, 2016. “Covers” includes classic songs by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Randy Newman, ELO, Jimi Hendrix, The Killers, Robert Palmer, The Pogues & Sixto Rodriguez.

Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez grew up third generation Mexican American in Southern California in the 1960’s and 70’s. At family parties he and his brother played rock songs while his uncles and aunts played mariachi music. Rodriguez says, “Los Cenzontles has always been about bridging cultural gaps. This project is another leg of that journey.”

Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) has made a name for themselves among music aficionados across the US and in Europe creating roots music, cross-cultural projects, collaborating on record and live with David Hidalgo, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, and The Chieftains, among others.

To hear the tracks visit our “Covers” playlist on our YouTube channel:

The singles will be available on major digital distribution and streaming services.

Production Credits: 

Eugene Rodriguez: vocals, guitars, vihuela, guitarra de golpe, requinto jarocho

Emiliano Rodriguez: upright bass & electric bass

Lucina Rodriguez: vihuela & jarana

Fabiola Trujillo: background vocals

Tregar Otton: violins

Miguel Govea: trumpets

Silvestre Martinez: percussion

Carlos Caro: cajon

Leonel Mendoza: harp

Shira Kammen: vielle

Juan Carreon: drums

Hector Espinoza: mariachi arrangments

Recorded by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley, CA. Editing and additional recording by Emiliano Rodriguez at LC Studios, San Pablo, CA. Mixed by Greg Morgenstein at Enormous Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering, Oakland, CA. Original photos and graphic art by Emiliano Rodriguez


© Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, 2016