The group Quetzal emerged out of a particularly contentious time generated by events such as the1992 Los Angeles uprising, the1994 Proposition 187 campaign (to deny medical and public services to undocumented immigrants and public education to undocumented children),and the repercussive reach of theZapatista insurrectionin Mexico.These events spurred a powerful synergy, in which avenues of expressive culture such as music and public art emerged as platforms from which to voice marginalized people’s desires, opinions, and resistance to the conditions in which they found themselves.Today, the proactive strategy of Quetzal and other Artivists is to be regenerative and resourceful in the face of societal problems that are affecting the communities in which these artists are living.As a prominent force in this East L.A. creative culture scape, Quetzal vividly portrays how music, culture, and sociopolitical ideology come together in a specific place. For members of Quetzal, music is a resource that lives at the essence of community cultural vitality and transformation.
Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement. Their latest recording titled “Puentes Sonoros” released in the Spring of 2021 on Smithsonian Folkwaysis a collection of original songs inspired by the bands travels to Veracruz Mexico to connect and reconnect to multiple protagonists from the Fandango Movementfrom which the band has drawn tremendous influence.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Town Hall Seattle, Seattle, United States