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String-playing siblings Villalobos Brothers perform the traditional piece “El Ausente” (The Absent) during their July 22, 2022 performance at the SFJAZZ Center as part of Summer Sessions 2022, broadcast on Fridays Live.
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This dynamic band of violin-playing brothers from Veracruz has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Palmieri, Dolly Parton, Regina Carter, and the SF Symphony, masterfully fusing Mexican folk influences with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.
Beginning as musical prodigies in their hometown of Xalapa in the state of Veracruz, Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis Villalobos made early soloist appearances with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestras of Cuba and Peru before setting off separately for higher education in the U.S. and Europe. The American, Russian, and German school of style and technique influenced each brother during their separate studies, which
blended with their embrace of the San Jarocho song style of their native Veracruz along with plenty of rock, jazz, and blues.
Veterans of the Carnegie Hall stage, Lincoln Center, and the Latin GRAMMY Awards, the trio released their self-titled debut in 2009, followed by 2011’s Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, featuring originals and re-invented versions of songs by Sam Cooke and others.
Their new album Somos is their most audacious statement to date, most fully embracing the sounds of San Jarocho and tackling subjects of immigrant rights, police brutality, and government corruption.
Ernesto Villalobos: violin, vocals
Alberto Villalobos: violin, jarana, vocals
Luis Villalobos: violin, guitar, vocals
Sergio Ramírez: guitar
Rudyck Vidal: bass
José Rodrigo Sturges: drums
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