Villalobos Brothers

Villalobos Brothers

Sunday, August 9th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$26 adv / $28 door

Villalobos Brothers
Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today's leading World Music and Classical Fusion ensembles. A trio of virtuoso violinists, singer-songwriters, composers, and arrangers, they have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana among other historic venues.

They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Pierre Boulez, Eddie Palmieri, Morley, Graciela, Leni Stern, Lila Downs, and Dan Zanes. In 2005 award-winning guitarist Beto Flores joined the band permanently and they debuted together at Carnegie Hall. In recognition of their artistic contribution, in late 2012 the Villalobos Brothers were granted a Proclamation by the Council of the City of New York and a Diploma by the President of the Borough of Brooklyn.

The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez play music for enjoyment after a day's work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano. They eventually moved on to specialize in classical violin and composition, and developed their own style of playing, called "Fast-Chatting Violin" consisting in a rapid succession of notes and percussive sounds.

After more than two years of work, in 2012 they completed their second studio album, titled: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability. The album's name makes reference to the Artist Visas that the three brothers received before coming to the States. This is the actual status given by the U.S. government to foreign-born artists and athletes. Every arrangement and composition was ripened through multiple shows at the Marble Hill Summer Concert Series, a yearly event curated by the Villalobos Brothers. Then the whole program was taken live to the world-class Carriage House Studios, and engineered by Brendan Muldowney.