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UMS Concert Program, February 20, 2019 - Las Cafeteras

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 Las Cafeteras
Jose Guadalupe Cruz Cano / Drums, Cajon, Backup Vocals Denise Carlos / Vocals, Jarana Primera, Zapateado, Glockenspiel Xocoyotzin Moraza / Requinto Jarocho
Hector Flores / Vocals, Jarana Tercera, Zapateado
Daniel Joel Jesus French / Vocals, Jarana Segunda, Keyboards Jorge Mijangos / Vocals, Bass
Wednesday Evening, February 20, 2019 at 7:30 Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor
33rd Performance of the 140th Annual Season Traditions & Crosscurrents
This evening’s performance is funded in part by The Wallace Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund.
Media partnership provided by WDET 101.9 FM and Ann Arbor’s 107one.
Special thanks to Karilú Forshee, Cara Graninger, Christina Guzman, Alex Koi, Bill Lopez, Elton Monroy Duran, Erika Villarreal Bunce, the Center for World Performance Studies, the Early College Alliance, EXCEL, La Casa, Living Arts, the Plymouth Canton Educational Park, the U-M Department of Latino/a Studies, and the U-M School of Social Work for their participation in events surrounding this evening’s performance.
Las Cafeteras appear by arrangement with The Awesome Company.
In consideration of the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance.
The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited.
This evening’s program will be announced by the artists from the stage and is performed without intermission.
Following this evening’s performance, please feel free to remain in your seats and join the artists and local experts and activists for a community dialogue about action steps that audience members can take to get involved with immigration justice in the Southeast Michigan community.
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In 2005, rooted in community and tradition, a group of students learning son jarocho music became known as Los Cafeteros, named after the Eastside Cáfe community center which two members helped
found. They soon changed their name
to Las Cafeteras to honor the feminine spirit of the group. Without intending to, they organically evolved from a student group into a performance group aimed at sharing Afro-Mexican music from southern Veracruz, Mexico in their neighborhoods.
Over the years, Las Cafeteras developed a genre-bending sound and electric
live performance infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. The members of Las Cafeteras, who grew up in Los Angeles, were not
only inspired by Mexican music, but from rock, reggae, hip-hop, and Motown. For Las Cafeteras, it was essential to use music as a way to build bridges among the different cultures and communities that historically have had tension. Through music, Las Cafeteras were trying to help build “a world where many worlds  t.”
As Native and migrant children who remix roots music, the Las Cafeteras
sound was brought to life by four
distinct vocalists and their eclectic instrumentation, including jaranas, a donkey jawbone, cajón, a West African bass instrument, and a wooden platform used
to dance zapateado. Their  rst album, Live at Mucho Wednesday, was recorded at
the famous La Cita Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. After receiving local praise for a raw and authentic sound that could not be replicated, Las Cafeteras jumped into the studio to do what no one ever thought they would do: record a real record.
The success of their  rst studio album It’s Time launched the band to new heights, placing them on stages with Mexican icons Café Tacuba, Lila Downs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. They have since toured North America from the Santa Barbara Bowl in California to Lincoln Center in New York and from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the WOMAD Festival in the UK.
Las Cafeteras released their highly anticipated album Tastes Like LA in spring 2017. Las Cafeteras play music with the spirit that can only be explained through an ancient African Proverb: “if you can walk, you can dance, and if you can talk, you can sing.”
UMS welcomes Las Cafeteras as they make their UMS debut tonight.
En 2005, con raíces en comunidad
y tradición, un grupo de estudiantes aprendiendo la música son jarocho se llegaron a conocer como Los Cafeteros, por su asociación con el centro comunitario Eastside Cafe, de cual los estudiantes ayudaron fundar. Pronto cambiaron el nombre del grupo a Las Cafeteras como homenaje al espíritu femenino del grupo. Sin intención y de manera orgánica, el grupo de estudiantes se convierto en grupo de intérpretes destinados a compartir música Afro-Mexicana del Sur de Veracruz, México dentro de sus comunidades.
Con el paso de los años, Las Cafeteras desarrollaría un sonido que rompió las barreras de genero y una presentación en eléctrico, infundiendo cuentos líricamente ricos con el propósito de compartir las historias ocultas de la vida de los migrantes en Los Ángeles. Las Cafeteras, quienes se crearon en Los Ángeles, fueron inspirados no solamente por la música Mexicana pero también, de la música rock, reggae, hip-hop y Motown. Para Las Cafeteras, era esencial usar su música como un puente entre las distintas culturas y comunidades quienes históricamente han tenido tensiones.
A través de la música, Las Cafeteras intentaban a construir “un mundo donde caben muchos mundos.”
Como hijos e hijas nativos y migrantes quienes están remezclando música de raíz (tradicional), el sonido de Las Cafeteras fue creada por cuatro vocalistas distintos y su instrumentación ecléctica que
incluye jaranas, la quijada, el cajón y la tarima para el zapateado. Su primer disco, Live at Mucho Wednesday, fue grabado
en el famoso bar La Cita en el centro de Los Ángeles. Después de recibir elogios locales por un sonido crudo y auténtico que no puede ser replicado, Las Cafeteras
se metieron al estudio para hacer lo que nadie pensó que harían...grabar un disco verdadero.
El éxito de su primer disco de estudio It’s Time lanzo al grupo a nuevas alturas, colocándolos en escenarios con iconos Mexicanos Café Tacuba, Lila Downs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros y la orquestra  larmónica de Los Ángeles. Desde entonces, se han presentado en Norte America desde el Santa Barbara Bowl en California a el Lincoln Center en Nueva York; del festival de jazz en Montreal a el Art Basil en Miami.
Las Cafeteras lanzará su anticipado y esperado nuevo disco en el otoño del 2016 y ambos lanzará su gira de los Estados Unidos y Canadá. Las Cafeteras toca música con un espíritu que solamente puede ser explicada atreves de un antiguo proverbio africano, “Si puedes caminar, puedes bailar y si puedes hablar, puedes cantar.”
The Wallace Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund
Supporters of this evening’s performance by Las Cafeteras.
2/27 Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Understanding, and Survival
3/15–16 Triptych: Eyes of One on Another (world premiere)
4/14 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant
and Christian Sands
Tickets available at
3/15 & 3/16
Philharmonia Orchestra Work-in-Progress Workshop: Dreamers by Jimmy Lopez and Nilo Cruz
(Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Avenue, 4:30 pm)
Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series:
The Creative Team of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) (Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, 5:10 pm)
Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) Pre-Show Talk:
Richard Meyer on Robert Mapplethorpe
(U-M Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer Street, 6:00 pm)
Post-Performance Q&A: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) (Power Center)
Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) to attend.
Educational events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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