El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Maria Del Pilar, El Haru Kuroi, DJ Travis Holcombe

El Conjunto Nueva Ola

Originally from Mexico City, EL CONJUNTO NUEVA OLA consists of leader and vocalist Urbano López, Luzio Nava on guitar, Primitivo Ríos on bass, Hipólito Madero on percussion, Tacho on timbales and El Raio Manzares on keyboard. Their mission is simple: To bring flavor where it is needed and to make people dance to the rhythm of cumbia, mixing sounds of new wave, rock and disco.

Maria Del Pilar

María del Pilar (MDP) has made quite a journey. The former Los Abandoned front woman, on a suggestion from BFF, Gabrial McNair (No Doubt), decided to use her birth name for her solo project. Thus María del Pilar, front and center, was ready for the spotlight. Focusing on the versatility of her vocal range, the one-time voice of the Latin alternative youth movement is now a full- fledged woman and unafraid to sing about it.
It was an evolution born from a trip to her native Chile when, after life’s ups and downs had her momentarily stunned, she went back to what matters most—the music. Immersing herself in Chile’s cultural scene, she began writing the album that would become the first installment of Songs & Canciones—a musical trilogy born of a newfound prolificacy. The result is a sensual vocal showcase that celebrates her arrival into divahood.
The bilingual album is produced by Chilean DJ, Vicente Sanfuentes, (Francisca Valenzuela, Gepe, Matias Aguayo). It features friends from the Latin alternative music scene in Chile and the U.S. including a duet with Chilean, indie superstar Gepe on the track "Huaso de Los Angelitos” The radio-friendly “En el Dancefloor,” co-produced by Filip Nikolic (Poolside, Bonde de Role) is a rhythmic head-bobber about the trials of searching for love on the dancefloor sung in MDP’s signature Spanglish style.
María del Pilar’s new sound is already garnering attention on LA’s taste-making radio station KCRW where DJ Travis Holcombe can be heard playing the English-language track “High Heels”—a song about the hijinks that can ensue from a good pair of pumps.
MDP also showed up in LA Weekly’s People Issue of 2012, which was no surprise to Latin alternative fans that know her sound from documentary films and episodes of NBC’s Parenthood. “[She] helps anchor Los Angeles' Latin alternative music scene,” writer Erica Phillips notes. As María del Pilar, she’ll usher in a whole new era.

El Haru Kuroi

El Haru Kuroi, an East Los Angelwes trio rooted in Mexican, South American and African melodies and rhythms has initiated a fierce style and sound. The rhythm section of Drummer/Percussionist Dominique Rodriguez and Upright Bassist Michael Ibarrra deliver with relentless intensity and swagger, while the voice and guitar of Eddika Organista enfold the music with labyrinthine grace and beauty.

“Combining the snarling urgency of post-punk with the sensuality of bossa-nova, they’ve come upon something very different and exciting to listen to” (M. Cotto, KCRW).

El-Haru Kuroi performs throughout the Los Angeles area in several community/cultural festivals, farmers Markets, gallery openings, weddings and birthdays. They have performed at First Fridays Natural History Museum, The Levitt Pavillion MacArther Park, Eagle Rock Music Festival and The Mayan Theater, opening up for Gogol Bordello. They have also recently ventured on a South West tour toward New Orleans spreading their sound in other parts of America.
Their music is also featured in a few independent films and most recently the documentary,  "Homeboy," one of the first of its kind, to explore homosexuality amongst the Mexican American cholo community, in the 80's and 90's.
El Haru Kuroi has two full-length albums and one acoustic EP. The release of the newest album "CantaGallo," is the latest sound of El-Haru Kuroi as they continue to evolve as people and musicians, bringing a sound of their own: “ East Los Angeles Nuevo Tropicalia.” Currently, El-Haru Kuroi is working on their next album, with singles to be released periodically during the process.



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