Music That Brings Me Closer to Home: La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia performs this Thursday night as part of the 2012 Sunset Concerts at the Skirball. This is such a great photo of the band! To my eye, the illumination around each member creates a saint-like aura!

La Santa Cecilia performs this Thursday night as part of the 2012 Sunset Concerts at the Skirball. This is such a great photo of the band! To my eye, the illumination around each member creates a saint-like aura!

Ever since I moved to Los Angeles from Sacramento, I’ve tried my best to be independent. But, as much as I hate to admit it to myself and even though I talk to my mom just about every day, I do get homesick and find myself nostalgic for my childhood.

What sparks my fondest memories is the music that I’ve grown up with. As a child, I was exposed to wonderful musicians such as Selena, Marc Anthony, Vicente Fernández, Banda Machos, Chayanne, and my personal favorite, Shakira.

As I’ve gotten older, my taste for Latin music has expanded to other artists such as Carla Morrison, Calle 13, Café Tacuba, Camila, and most recently, La Santa Cecilia, an L.A. favorite that will be taking the stage this Thursday at the Skirball. When I first began my internship here, I knew very little about this band, but once I listened to a few of their tracks, I immediately fell in love. What attracts me most to La Santa Cecilia’s music is their ability to combine different musical genres, not just of Latin culture, to create a type of music that is for everyone.

La Santa Cecilia, named after the patron saint of music, is fairly new to the music industry, but received a lot of popularity after their Latin Grammy nomination for this song, “La Negra.”

I’m so excited that August 23rd is coming up, so I can finally watch the band live! So, to help get everyone ready for this Thursday night’s concert featuring La Santa Cecilia, here’s a quick interview with the talented lead singer, La Marisoul:

A beautiful photo of just one of the vendor booths that enliven Olvera Street in El Pueblo, Los Angeles. © Kevin Stanchfield. As featured on http://dguides.com/losangeles/information/history/.

A beautiful photo of just one of the vendor booths that enliven Olvera Street in El Pueblo, Los Angeles. © Kevin Stanchfield. As featured on http://dguides.com/losangeles/information/history/.

What or who has inspired you to make music?
My biggest inspiration has been my family. Their love of music influenced my early dreams of being a singer/performer. I remember as a kid my mother would sing around the house and teach me her favorite songs. Another fond memory was spending weekends at my grandfather’s shop on Olvera Street in the heart of Los Angeles. There, in the colorful alley ways of Olvera, the sound of mariachi music, trio groups, and norteño bands were never absent and inspired my love for performing.

What makes a great show for you?
Outdoor summer concerts with friends and family have to be my pick for great shows. Live music, a place where people of all ages can come together to enjoy an evening and great times. You can’t hope for anything greater.

As a native Angeleno, what do you love most about living here compared to any other city?
I love the beautiful diversity of Los Angeles and Southern California weather, and how it makes us feel!

The artwork for La Santa Cecilia’s latest release, Noche y Citas, is representative of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). To the right is a hand-painted ceramic Day of the Dead skull from Mexico that I own and love.

The artwork for La Santa Cecilia’s latest release, Noche y Citas, is representative of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). To the right is a hand-painted ceramic Day of the Dead skull from Mexico that I own and love.

Why do you believe in the integration of various musical genres and combining different cultures? What audience(s) do you hope to reach?
More than a belief, I feel that it’s something that comes natural to the band. Simply put, we love all styles of music, we speak more than one language, we eat all kind of foods, we have friends from all walks of life, and because of this—the band thrives on the challenges of interpreting these experiences through our music. As for whom we’d like to reach, anyone that has an open heart to music and the desire to celebrate life and diversity.

If you could collaborate with any artist group, who would it be?
One of my all-time favorite bands and whom we’d be thrilled to collaborate with is Café Tacuba. I’ve loved them since I was a teenager! They are amazing, wonderful, and a professional group of musicians… a great example of how you can reach success and have a lasting career while fusing traditional and contemporary sounds. This is what we’d like to achieve: longevity.

As you can see, La Santa Cecilia is truly invested in their music, family, and culture—and also dedicated to keeping an open mind about the type of music they produce so that they can reach all types of people. Like the Skirball, they hope to share different cultural experiences and make their music as universal as possible. I am really looking forward to an entertaining performance, and according to La Marisoul’s definition of a great show, our outdoor Sunset Concerts are the perfect place to be!

Even though I wish I could fly my family out here for the evening, I know the music of La Santa Cecilia will bring them to me in spirit! With that said, be sure to check out some of the band’s music and prepare yourself for some major dancing and family fun this Thursday!

A photo of my parents and me at a family event. They are the ones who have taught me everything I need to know in life…including what kind of music to listen to!

A photo of my parents and me at a family event. They are the ones who have taught me everything I need to know in life…including what kind of music to listen to!

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About Jeanelle Horcasitas

Jeanelle Horcasitas is the 2012 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern for the Communications and Marketing Department. She is originally from Nor-Cal (Bay Area and Sacramento), but moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2011 to study English and Spanish at UCLA. She enjoys reading the latest best-sellers, going to big concerts/festivals, and having 80s movie-marathons on rainy days. Jeanelle’s future aspirations include earning a post-graduate degree, writing a novel, and traveling to Europe.

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