La Santa Cecilia
La Marisoul, Alex Bendaña, Pepe Carlos, Miguel "Oso" Ramirez
World-music hybrids and fusions from Los Angeles. Signed to Rebeleon. Releases to date include Noche y Citas and Someday New.
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. This six-member group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music .Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances leave fans and new listeners mesmerized.
The band consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to form La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.
Their song “Chicle” was featured on the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, the independent feature Dish, and the documentary Re-Encounters about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago. Their musician can also be heard on KPFK's radio programs '4 O'clock Tuesday' with Gustavo Arellano and 'Travel Tips For Aztlan' with Mark Torres. The band made an on-camera appearance on HBO's Emmy award-winning hit show Entourage; the episode also featured the songs "Chicle" and "El Farol". The band also held a two- week residence for the L.A. Philharmonic- sponsored children's show Summer Sounds, where they performed their songs and acted so as to educate the community of Los Angeles on their very own cultural treasures. In 2014 they were awarded the Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.