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La Santa Cecilia Performs Amar Y Vivir Tour

Aliso Viejo, CA – La Santa Cecilia performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the World Music Series. Tickets are $30 for adults; $26 for students, seniors and active military families; and $22 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. They have three Grammy Award nominations including a win in 2013 for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album, as well as multiple Latin Grammy Award nominations. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendan͂a, percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez, and vocalist Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez.

The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, and klezmer music. With captivating songs about love, loss, and everyday struggles, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. The group has toured from coast to coast, collaborated with legends including Elvis Costello, Bunbury, Fito Paez, appeared on Conan and, most recently, shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Pepe Aguilar.

In January 2017, the band broke new ground by recording a unique visual album of traditional Mexican and Latin American music titled Amar y Vivir. The entire twelve-song set was recorded live in five days in the streets, bars, and parks of Mexico City. The visual album is an exploration of the band’s roots and features collaborations with the iconic Mexican singer Eugenia Leon, Chilean star Mon Laferte and the legendary Mariachi America, amongst others. La Santa Cecilia’s debut album Noche y Citas in 2011 earned the group their first nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards for the single La Negra. It was also with this release that they first voiced their sympathy and support for various human rights movements, and have since used their music to openly support these causes.

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