Friday, March 2, 2012

La Santa Cecilia at the Fowler

On February 4th at UCLA Josh Kun led a musical conversation with "La Santa Cecilia" as a part of the exhibit Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980. The exhibit has been an effort to "uncover, document and reclaim the historical record of art in Southern California". All told more than 60 cultural institutions participate. Span, depth, breadth, all over the place are the sorts of words that describe this effort. And the same words could be used for La Santa Cecilia.

Band members grew up in places as varied as Walnut in an area that was similar to the Central Valley, another grew up in South Central LA surrounded by rap and hip hop, another is second generation Irish who worked with Mexicanos in the U.S. and Mexico, another spent time between Olvera St and Mexico, another grew up and lives in Boyle Heights and attended Roosevelt High School.

Most of the members of the group went to college and lived in areas where was a musical fusing of musical forms and styles. Klezmer, Beatles covers, traditional boleros, r & b, you name it they are comfortable incorporating aspects of the style into their own musical expression. They were up for a Grammy and they love to talk. A couple of the folks in the group will become the tio and tia that welcome you into their home and instantly make you feel at home.

Hardcore young musicians, old enough to put some thought and give a deeper meaning to a lyric or a musical line, young enough to wear cotton candy pink and dance with youthful abandon on stage.

The song La Marisoul is singing was composed by the grand Argentinean musician Mercedes Sosa. The fist verse of the song is a fine reflection of the group and of the exhibit.

Everything Changes

"That which is superficial changes
Also that which is profound
the way of thinking changes
Everything in this world changes.

Changes, everything changes".

Sometimes for the better.

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