Artbound Presents: Studio A

FULL EPISODE

Quetzal

The Grammy-winning band Quetzal adds a contemporary twist to traditional Mexican "son jarocho" music.

AIRED: April 08, 2019 | 0:29:44
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TRANSCRIPT

>> WE PRESENT "STUDIO A."

FEATURING THE MUSIC OF KETSAL

-- QUETZAL.

♪♪

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> WE BEGAN IN 1993 OUT OF A

LITTLE CAFE AND IT WAS A

CHICANO-OWNED CAFE AND WE HAVE

BEEN ACTIVE BUILDING THE MUSIC

AND THROUGH THE BAND.

>> THE MUSIC, THE MUSIC MADE

FROM MEXICO.

IT'S BORN IN THE COMMUNITIES

CALLED THE FANDANGO.

IT'S NOT A PERFORMANCE BUT A

MUSICAL RITUAL.

>> THERE IS A DIRECT CONNECTION

BETWEEN FANDANGO AND COMMUNITY

BUILDING.

BEING IN COMMUNITY WITH MUSIC

AND IN MUSIC WITH COMMUNITY.

IT GIVES PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS

THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OFF THE

STAGE AND PLANT OURSELVES IN

COMMUNITY AND HAVE A ROLE IN

COMMUNITY.

>> FANDANGO BECOMES LIKE A DIAL

ECTIC TOOLS THAT WE USE WITH

COMMUNITY.

>> IT HAS TO DO WITH DIGNITY.

AS LONG AS SOMEONE HAS DIGNITY,

THERE'S HOPE.

THAT'S THE IDEA.

THAT IS WHAT WE TRY TO INSTILL

HERE.

AND THE COMMUNITY REPRESENTS

THAT DIGNITY AND HOPE.

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> OUR PREOCCUPATION HAS BEEN

SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN PRESENT

IN OUR MUSIC AND A LOT OF THE

SONGS ARE THEIR PRE-OCCUPATION

HAS BEEN WITH THEIR

ENVIRONMENT.

THEY SING A LOT ABOUT THE

NATURAL WORLD AND WE STARTED

THINKING ABOUT OUR NATURAL

WORLD AND ALL OF THE ANIMALS

THAT WE COME IN CONTACT WITH ON

A REGULAR BASIS.

SPEAKING ABOUT ANIMALS, WE HAVE

FOUND THAT WE HAVE A LOT IN

COMMON WITH THEM.

STILL THE SAME SORT OF -- AS WE

SPEAK TO THEIR EXPERIENCES AND

IMAGINING THEIR EXPERIENCES, WE

FIND WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON

AND WE CAN CAN TALK ABOUT THIS

IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

>> WE ARE WRITING A NEW ALBUM

AND ABOUT URBAN ANIMALS AND

THIS IS ONE OF THE TUNES,

CALLED "SPIDERS IN THE MIDST."

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> IT IS AN ANOMALY, BECAUSE

MUSIC -- THE EXPERIENCE OF

MUSIC IS VERY SEE DEGREE

DEBATED.

CHI CAN OOST ARE ABLE TO GRAB

-- CHICANOS ARE ABLE TO GRAB

FROM DIFFERENT PLACES, WE KNOW

HOW TO LIVE.

CONNECTING WITH DIFFERENT

EXPERIENCES.

WHAT CHICANOS HAVE BEEN DOING

FOR OVER A CENTURY.

>> YEAH.

LONG TRAJECTORY IN TERMS OF

CHICANO MUSIC.

CHICANOS ARE CHILDREN OF

MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS.

WE ARE GROWING UP IN THE UNITED

STATES AND LISTENING TO ALL OF

THESE DIFFERENT GENRES AND ONCE

WE BEGIN TO BE CREATE TIVE WITH

THE MUSIC, THESE INFLUENCES

COME TO THE SURFACE.

EVERY ONE OF US HAS A DIFFERENT

KIND OF UPBRINGING THAT WE

BRING TO THE BAND.

WE ARE VERY L.A. SOUND.

IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE

ARE, WE ARE FROM L.A. AND HEAR

ALL OF THESE SOUNDS.

♪♪

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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