October 2016 - Turn It Up: The Villalobos Brothers
The Lensic proudly presents the contemporary, high-octane Mexican violinists, The Villalobos Brothers, who are making an appearance on The Lensic stage on October 9, 2016. These amazing musicians have made a name for themselves in the industry, “masterfully blending elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice.”* The band is composed of the brothers—Alberto, Ernesto, and Luis Villalobos—on violins and vocals; Director and Guitarist, Humberto Flores; Bassist, Leo Sherman; and Drummer, Rose Avila.
The band was inspired by their grandmother, Cristina Vásquez, who would sing and play guitar and accordion when they were children in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. That early exposure to and experience with music led to the brothers learning violin, as well as how to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano.
The Villalobos Brothers’ virtuoso performances have delighted listeners around the world, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and at the Latin Grammy Awards. The group has won numerous accolades, including the Vox Populi Award (Independent Music Awards), and they took home the Ultimate Winners crown in WNYC’s 2013 Battle of the Burroughs. The first Mexican group to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, they have also collaborated with legendary musicians, including Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Eddie Palmieri and more*. Tickets for this terrific concert are available at TicketsSantaFe.org.
*Provided by The Lensic