Lila Downs, lead vocals, jarana, guiro
Paul Cohen, music director, saxophone
Rafael Gomez, electric and acoustic guitars
Luis Guzman, electric bass
Sinuhe Padilla Isunza, jarana, chaquiste, quijada de burro, acoustic guitar, zapateado
Leo Soqui, accordion, jarana, keyboards, zapateado
George Saenz, trombone, accordion
Josh Deutsch, trumpet
Jerzain Vargas, trumpet
Nikieltha Campbell, percussion
Yayo Serka, drums
Rocio Marron, violin
Felicia Rojas, violin

An astonishingly gifted vocalist with a classically trained three-octave range, and an arresting songwriter who tells poignant stories about love, death, loss, and betrayal, Lila Downs is a genre unto herself. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, Downs sings of a Pan-American social consciousness in her rousing performances, drawing on folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, and American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop—blending irreverent and fun themes with serious social and political concerns in a distinctive style the Washington Post has called "cantina classical."

Program Notes
Program Notes

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Donor Benefits

Lila Downs — Viene la Muerte Echando Rasero/Spoken Words

Donor Benefits
Donor Benefits

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