Esperanza Peace & Justice Center presents

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Wednesday, April 11th • 8pm
@ Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro • 210.228.0201
  $5 más o menos, Concessions available
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Mexico City

Toromata is a mix and blend of urban elements of Rock, Electronic, Trip Hop, Hip Hop, Dubstep and Pop with a Latin mix of Son Jarocho, Bossanova, Favela Funk, Cumbia, Bossanova, Son Cubano 

TOROMATA is a modern AlterLatin band founded in 2003 in Mexico City consisting of “tres chilangos” (Chilango: Mexican slang demonym for being born and raised in Mexico City): singer Azul Barrientos (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and jarana), guitarist Shine Herrera (programming, lead guitar, vocals) and bassist Luis Alejo (programming, bass, vocals). The project started with the members meeting every day to program, record songs, and explore their eclectic sound. In 2005 Toromata entered a state of hibernation when Azul moved to the USA, however, in 2010 they reemerged fiercely re-charged with continuous work on new material.

Toromata is an all-original music endeavor in English and Spanish. The fundamentals that make the sound of TOROMATA come from each one its member’s different music expertise and background.

Azul Barrientos is a modern musician guided by Traditional roots, she is known for her wide repertoire of traditional Latin American Music as a soloist or in the company of a extensive variety of musicians. She has participated in different concerts with Lila Downs, Susana Baca, Eugenia León, etc. Performing on various stages in Scotland, England, Spain, Mexico and USA. She is also currently the artist-in-residence at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center.

Luis Alejo is a full time musician, producer and bassist that has toured and participated with different Mexican bands such as: Reik (Latin Grammy-winning Mexican Pop band), Molotov (four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican Rock band), La Lupita, etc.

Shine Herrera is a guitarist, producer that has been active in various projects including his latest band Simplifiers.

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San Antonio

“Their unique blend of ultra delayed-atmospheric dream pop penetrates past fast food rock sensibility and resonates with progressive indie-minded youth as well as with dark side rooted rockers from the past. Pop Pistol is smart, musical, and clearly looking forward.” - JJ Lopez, KRTU 91.7 FM

San Antonio, TX – Cousins Alex Scheel (guitar, vocals) and George Garza (bass) along with high school friend Jorge Gonzalez (drums) began making music together over ten years ago. Pop Pistol took shape as a recording band in 2008 with the release of their first LP, ‘Angelus’. The 10 tracks were recorded at Rhapsody Street Studios with engineer Jason Ybarbo. Review of ‘Angelus’ by Jeremy Martin – San Antonio Current

In 2009, Pop Pistol released the ‘Shadow’ EP, 3 tracks recorded in DIY fashion at The Farm Recording Studios with help from engineer Rick Pacheo. By 2010, the band became a national touring act with several trips through the Midwest up and through to New York, continuing to earn media attention locally and on blogs nationally. In 2011, Pop Pistol released the ‘Disappearing Edges’ EP through Texas Is Funny Records. ‘Disappearing Edges’ was recorded in trade by Chris Guerra at San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity, a charter school with a state of the art music wing. The EP gained positive reviews and generated buzz with online radio streams and bloggers. Review of ‘Disappearing Edges’ by Adam Villela Coronado – San Antonio Current

Throughout the years, the Electro-Rock group has continued to establish itself as a growing musical force in the San Antonio music community both on and off-stage. Aside from their dedicated work as a band, the trio advocates for and organizes with Local 782, a grassroots music coalition group that serves independent musicians through educational workshops and panels discussing the current and changing shape of the music industry. More info on Local 782

In 2012, the band’s goals include re-releasing 2008′s ‘Angelus’ on vinyl, self-producing a new full-length album, and touring the US and beyond.

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Pop Pistol

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