Alla-licious, Latino indie/rock never sounded so good

Alla-licious, Latino indie/rock never sounded so good

Proyecto Latina is a big fan of the Chicago based group Alla. And if you are familiar with their music and you ever tune into our Sunday afternoon show you will know that our show intro features a snippet of one of Alla’s songs from their first CD Es Tiempo.

Proyecto Latina’s music director, Yolanda Cardenas sat down with Alla earlier this month to talk about their music and uncovered some interesting stuff about the intensity and drive that moves them. The Mexican-American band and it’s unconventional and sophisticated sound is formed by: Lupe Martinez (vocalist/guitarist) and the Ledezma brothers, Jorge (producer/guitarist) and Angel (drums). Allá’s debut album” Es Tiempo “ was produced by Jorge Ledezma over a four-year period, using no less than 8 studios. Most recently they released Digs, a new mini-album where the band pays tribute to a diverse list of artist and songs that helped bring their unique musical vision into focus.

Catch Alla with us this Saturday, May 16th, they will be performing an acoustic set at the National Museum of Mexican Art as part of the Sor Juana festival and the Letras, Palabras y Cantos event. Details below.

Part I: Alla, 5:56

Part II: Alla, 16:04

Part III: Alla, 12:39

Interview by Yolanda Cardenas

Discover Alla’s sound here.

Jorge Valdivia talks to us about Sor Juana's quinceanera

Jorge Valdivia talks to us about Sor Juana's quinceanera

On May 16th, Proyecto Latina returns to the Sor Juana festival to celebrate literary and musical contributions from Latina artists. The lineup includes: Alla, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Lisa Alvarado, and Dawn Herrera-Terry. Diana Pando recently had a chance to talk to Jorge Valdivia, the Director of Performing arts at the National Museum of Mexican Art, about the 15th anniversary of the Sor Juana Festival, an annual tribute to Mexican women.

Part I: Interview with Jorge Valdivia, 5:44

Part II: Interview with Jorge Valdivia, 6:15

Get the Sor Juana 2009 Chicago calendar here (pdf).