Video Premiere–El Corrido de Anza

We are excited to announce that Los Cenzontles has completed an ambitious project with support from the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS sought to promote an understanding and appreciation of the story and legacy of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition, and the National Historic Trail commemorating that expedition, through music and film.

The nearly 10-minute corrido (traditional Mexican narrative ballad), written by Los Cenzontles founder and Executive Director, Eugene Rodriguez, and lyricist Gilberto Gutierrez Silva, consists of 45, four-line stanzas, that tell in gripping expressive detail an historically-accurate, inspiring portrait of the Anza expedition from its start in Mexico’s Sonoran Desert to its final destination, the founding of the San Francisco Presidio. The challenging piece was recorded by the Los Cenzontles Touring Group, including the vocal duo of Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, with violinist Shira Kammen, and harpist Leonel Mendoza.

For the video, Lucina and Fabiola accompanied filmmaker Armando Aparicio to regional stops along the entire 1,200 mile stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail, capturing remarkable images of the natural wonders and historic Spanish missions and presidios interspersed along the trail. The video also features map images and place names that orient the viewer and depict the route taken by Anza and nearly 300 men, women, and children of diverse cultural origins.

You can watch the video here (please click the “CC” button at the lower-right of the screen for English subtitles.):

El Corrido de Anza, released on April 8th, will be a valuable educational tool for the Park Service, and anyone interested in teaching and learning about this decisive historical moment for California, particularly its diverse population and broad cultural resources.

Eugene writes, “With this song and film we hope to engage Latinos, and everyone, in our rich shared history.”

The song’s traditional Mexican instrumentation and corrido style lend themselves to the recounting of this historic event, as does the traditional Mexican dress worn by Lucina and Fabiola in the video. Expressing appreciation for the historically apt nature of the music, Superintendent with the National Parks Service Naomi Torres writes, “We’re so pleased with our partnership with Los Cenzontles and to be able to share the story of the expedition in this traditional musical form.”

The musicians who performed on the recording are as follows:

Lucina Rodriguez: vocals
Fabiola Trujillo: vocals
Shira Kammen: violin
Eugene Rodriguez: vihuela, guitarra de golpe
Leonel Mendoza Acevedo; harp
Emiliano Rodriguez: bass

Dear Familia…

Following recommendations and orders from public health officials, Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy will remain closed and our performing group will avoid public shows for the coming weeks. We are proud to fulfill our social responsibility in helping to protect the community.

Conexiones: A Cuban Mexican Connection now available for free streaming!

Join us Thursday, February 13th at 2pm PST, as we premiere our award-winning documentary Connections: A Cuban Mexican Connection for free streaming!

Since 2018, the film has been broadcast on over 80 public TV stations in 30 states. Connections chronicle Los Cenzontles’ 2016 tour to four Cuban cities. We engaged with Cuban musicians from a variety of walks of life and discovered Cuba’s deep affection for and fascination with Mexican culture.

Great music, and a meeting of great cultures – click the link and set a reminder!

Registration open for Los Cenzontles Academy’s Winter Session 2020

The Academy’s Winter Session begins the week of January 13th. Register for classes while space is available!

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Los Cenzontles Reaches 25,000 Subscribers on YouTube

We’re happy to announce that our YouTube channel has reached 25,000 subscribers this month. Our very active YouTube channel includes well over 400 video uploads including live performances, music videos by Los Cenzontles Productions, Academy music and dance from Los Cenzontles Juvenil, vintage performances going back 30 years, and more.

If you haven’t become a YouTube subscriber yet, it’s easy to do…just click here, and click the red “Subscribe” button.