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Lila Downs – KXCI Presents!
August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$25 - $46
The Rialto Theatre Presents
General Admission w/ Reserved Balcony Seating. Standing room only for general admission purchases. Specific assigned seats for each ticket sold in balcony.
Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, and her music and vocal artistry has many influences, including the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America and American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. Many of her lyrics focus on issues relating to social justice, and often tell the stories of the workers who migrate from rural Mexico to work in the U.S. She studied classical voice and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota. “The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots,” Los Angeles Times. “Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto,” New York Times.
She and her longtime collaborator, Paul Cohen, have produced 9 studio albums, the most recent of which (Pecados y Milagros) earned both U.S. and Latin Grammy awards, and was awarded double-platinum in sales in Mexico. She received her first Latin Grammy for the 2004 release, “Una Sangre.”
Lila Downs has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues, has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed the Oscar nominated song from the movie Frida at the Academy Awards televised ceremony. Her music has also been included in several other feature films such as “The Counselor”, “Tortilla Soup,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” Carlos Saura’s “Fados,” “Mariachi Gringo” and “Hecho en Mexico”.
Her current project is a collaboration with Argentinian singer Soledad Pastorutti and Spanish flamenco singer La Niña Pastori, entitled “RAÍZ”.
In late 2011 Irene began a career move making her way into the music scene playing at various venues around the Los Angeles area, from small coffee shops to eventually playing well known singer songwriter venues such as Room 5 and Hollywood’s House of Blues. In February of 2012 Irene’s song I Love You Madly caught the attention of NPR Alternative Latino’s Jasmine Garsd after by chance opening an email from production company Mucho Music based in L.A. which featured a live video performance. Jasmine Garsd featured the song on her program and said “you can’t fake the soul… Irene is so believable in her emotion.”
In fall of 2012 Irene began the production of her first E.P. titled I Love You Madly. To help fund her project, Irene raised over $10,000 backed by supporters using the website Kickstarter. With the help of these funds, Irene was able to produce and record her E.P., make a music video for Crazy Love, and fund her way to the East Coast for a small tour and to attend the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York. After attending the conference it was noted by Felix Contreras on NPR’s Alternative Latino segment titled “The Latin Alternative Music Conference 2013: Who Rocked, Who Shocked, Who Killed” that both Jasmine and himself were blown away by Irene Diaz’s voice after she had done an impromptu performance of Crazy Love outside the Press Room. “This year we are (both) blown away by Irene Diaz… Listen to this voice.”
July 31st 2013 release date of “I Love You Madly”, Irene celebrated her CD release party at the classic noir downtown venue The Edison in front of a packed crowd. In August 2013 Irene caught the attention of NPR’s All Things Considered host Don Gonyea, and the interview was aired nationally and presented on Radio Station websites across the United States. In September of 2013 the E.P. was reviewed by Patrick O’ Heffernan for Vents Magazine. “She brings back classical American soul and blues and elevates it to a whole new level for today’s audience…. quite possibly, someday (Irene) could join Ella and Nina and Billie and Rosemary as a queen of torch.”