(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Villalobos Brothers, an ensemble that blends the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical, performs at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 8pm. Along with the music, which features “high-octane Mexican fiddling,” the group incorporates theatrical elements into their performance.
“We are very excited to be invited to PS21 this summer,” said Alberto Villalobos, musician, singer and musical director for the group. “We have a lot of fun on stage and I think that it shows when we perform. Our act is something quite different and we feel proud to be able to define our own path. Music should not be limited to the genre you hear in the radio over and over again.”
Growing up in Mexico, the brothers started playing music at an early age. “Ultimately, our music is reflective of our different experiences and backgrounds. My brothers and I grew up in Veracruz, surrounded by traditional folk music but were classically trained in conservatories. All of these elements come together to create our sound.”
Along with the music, the Villalobos Brothers incorporate theatrical elements into their performance. “We aim for an inter-disciplinary show combining art, choreography and even spoken-word poetry,” said Alberto. “In addition to being a composer and violinist, I am also a painter and mask-maker.” The work has become an important visual element in their shows.
In addition to the three brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis), the band includes Humberto Flores (guitar), Leo Sherman (bass), and Rosa Avila (drums). The brothers play violin primarily, but Ernesto is also accomplished on the piano. Luis and Alberto’s second instrument is the guitar.
Winners of the Vox-Pop Award at the 2013 Independent Music Awards and champions at NPR’s 2013 Battle of the Boroughs in New York City, the Villalobos Brothers were the first Mexican band to play the Apollo Theater as featured guests. In addition, they have collaborated with artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Eddie Palmieri. In 2012 they completed their first studio album, “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.” The album title refers to the Artist Visas that the brothers received to come to the US.
Tickets for the Saturday, July 18, 8:00pm performance of the Villalobos Brothers are $25 general admission, $20 PS21 members. and $15 students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For other information about this or any other event at PS21, call (518) 392-6121. PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66 in the Town of Chatham.