Villalobos Brothers

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Villalobos Brothers

Victor V. Gurbo & Co., The Bliss Jockeys

Wed, January 15, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Villalobos Brothers
Villalobos Brothers
Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today's leading World Music and Classical Fusion ensembles. A trio of virtuoso violinists, singer-songwriters, composers, and arrangers, they have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana among other historic venues.

They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Pierre Boulez, Eddie Palmieri, Morley, Graciela, Leni Stern, Lila Downs, and Dan Zanes. In 2005 award-winning guitarist Beto Flores joined the band permanently and they debuted together at Carnegie Hall. In recognition of their artistic contribution, in late 2012 the Villalobos Brothers were granted a Proclamation by the Council of the City of New York and a Diploma by the President of the Borough of Brooklyn.

The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez play music for enjoyment after a day's work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano. They eventually moved on to specialize in classical violin and composition, and developed their own style of playing, called "Fast-Chatting Violin" consisting in a rapid succession of notes and percussive sounds.

After more than two years of work, in 2012 they completed their second studio album, titled: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability. The album's name makes reference to the Artist Visas that the three brothers received before coming to the States. This is the actual status given by the U.S. government to foreign-born artists and athletes. Every arrangement and composition was ripened through multiple shows at the Marble Hill Summer Concert Series, a yearly event curated by the Villalobos Brothers. Then the whole program was taken live to the world-class Carriage House Studios, and engineered by Brendan Muldowney.
Victor V. Gurbo & Co.
Victor V. Gurbo is a Folk-Rock, Roots, and Americana performer born and raised in New York City. Heavily influenced by the cannon of American poetry and song, Gurbo composes his own material and emanates a contemporary vision of the music that has shaped him. He is known for his lyrical capabilities and craft of story.

Victor V. Gurbo & Co. was voted Brooklyn's top band in WNYC & WQXR's "Battle of the Boroughs" at The Greene Space. Watch their winning performance here:

Victor V. Gurbo & Co. has performed at such venues as WNYC & WQXR's Greene Space, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Jalopy, Bar Matchless, Tainted Blue Production Studios, Crash Mansion and many more. Victor V. Gurbo has guest appeared at Irving Plaza, The Highline Ballroom, The Bellhouse, and The Gramercy Blender Theatre. The band has been featured in The Brooklyn Ink, The Spectator, The Kingsman and more.
The Bliss Jockeys
The Bliss Jockeys
The Bliss Jockeys are a dynamic rock/pop/gospel band led by singer/songwriter Phil Robinson. A popular fixture on the NYC performance circuit, the band also regularly plays festivals & special events throughout the larger NY area.

Part rock, part gospel & part jam band, The Bliss Jockeys feature a large, gospel-style choir of fantastic female voices, and deliver a big, delirious experience that energizes, inspires and gets audiences singing along every time.

Taking their name from Joseph Campbell's phrase, "Follow Your Bliss," the band entertains and inspires audiences wherever it goes-- its repertoire includes Phil's fun, upbeat originals such as 'Transcendental Cowboy' and 'Through The Middle' as well as poignant cover songs such as 'Hallelujah' and 'People Get Ready' that showcase the unique musical breadth of the choir.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002