"They played with exuberant intensity for the appreciative audience…with their heads bowed…fingers jumping and feet tapping, they weren't just playing music, they were living it." - Devan Sipher, The Forward
Through multi-disciplinary acts that often include masks, poems, and theatrical sketches interwoven with powerful lyrics and high-energy, upbeat compositions, Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. (Their five-word elevator pitch, Ernesto says, is "contemporary, high-octane Mexican fiddling.") In their original material, they masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice. Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Ávila and bassist/composer Leo Sherman complete the line-up. The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez sing and play guitar and accordion after a day’s work. They took up the violin as children and soon mastered other instruments, including guitar and piano.
The Brothers have played at the Latin Grammys and Carnegie Hall, and their work has been recognized by numerous honors, including the Vox Populi Award by the Independent Music Awards and as the Ultimate Winners in WNYC’s 2013 Battle of the Boroughs. In 2015, the group was chosen as Musical Artist in Residence for Lincoln Center Education, 92st Y, Latino Arts, and The New York Botanical Garden’s record-breaking exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.
Aliens of Extraordinary Ability is the latest CD from these young brothers who now live in New York City. USA Today’s Dan Zanes describes the recording as “a crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!"