Preservation Hall Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program Presents: Los Cenzontles and Preservation All Stars

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The Preservation Hall Foundation is proud to present, at 8, 9, & 10 PM, the current Artist-in-Residence, Los Cenzontles, collaborating with the Preservation All Stars.

The Preservation Hall Foundation is proud to announce that Los Cenzontles is the latest musical group to join the Artist-in-Residency program this December. 

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for The Mockingbirds) is a Mexican-American group that promotes Mexican roots music through research, performance, education and media production. They are based in the working-class city of San Pablo, California where they form the core of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy, where the members of the group were trained. Los Cenzontles have revived and promoted little known styles of Mexican regional music since 1989. The group has collaborated with numerous artists that include David Hidalgo, Linda Ronstadt,  Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, The Chieftains and Flaco Jimenez, among others. Los Cenzontles has produced 30 tradition-based and cross cultural albums, four documentaries, and hundreds of video shorts available on their YouTube channel.

Los Cenzontles’s residency will take place from Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14, 2018. Their residence includes performances at the Mexican Cultural Institute  at the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans on Wednesday, December 12 at 6 PM and a two-set performance at 8:00 and 9:30 PM at Preservation Hall on Thursday, December 13.

“The Preservation Hall Foundation is excited to work with Los Cenzontles,” said Ashley Shabankareh, director of programs at Preservation Hall Foundation. “From their educational efforts to performing worldwide, this group is a fantastic example of how artists can play a positive impact in their community while staying true to their cultural traditions.”

“We are thrilled that our first visit to New Orleans is hosted by Preservation Hall, an organization that shares our passion for heritage and community,” said Eugene Rodriguez of Los Cenzontles. “We can’t wait to hear the sounds, eat the food, feel the energy, and meet the people that we have heard so much about.”

Preservation Hall Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence program invites artists who work in a wide variety of media, including music, visual arts and dance, to engage with the dynamic Preservation Hall community, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist.

Launched in 2011, the Preservation Hall Foundation protects, preserves, and perpetuates the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans. Through music education, outreach, historical archiving, and support for our musical collective, the Preservation Hall Foundation strives to create greater awareness and appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the communities that support it.