Quetzal is a band from East Los Angeles, California, respectfully committed to continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano rock.
Standing on the shoulders of giants like Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Lydia Mendoza, Los Lobos and many others, Quetzal has forged such a path that the LA Times bestowed upon them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands." Their unique combination of community activism and creative compositions has allowed them to travel the world using music as a tool for creating a global network of musicians committed to building community.
Since 2002 Quetzal has been part of facilitating a transnational dialogue between musicians in California and Veracruz, Mexico, known as “Fandango Sin Fronteras.” In 2007 they spent nine months in Xalapa, Veracruz, composing and recording music with women of “El Nuevo Movimiento Jaranero”, a music movement that spans across the south of the state. Most recently they have facilitated the Seattle Fandango Project, a grassroots effort using the technology of the Fandango Jarocho as a community building tool.
Quetzal has recorded four studio albums (Quetzal, Son Del Barrio; Sing The Real, Vanguard Records; Worksongs, Vanguard Records; Die, Cowboy Die, independent) and is currently working on a new album to be released Spring 2011 on the Smithsonian Folkways label.