Quetzal

Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians which aims to create good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. The group has a root in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong f inist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement. Quetzal’s approach to music is influenced by more than the East L.A. musical soundscape ofemexican musica ranchera, salsa, Chicano Rock, R&B, and international popular music. For members of Quetzal, music expresses the ultimate struggle for dignity The group Quetzal erged out of a particularly contentious time generated by events such as the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, the 1994 Proposition 187 campaign (to deny medical and public services to undocumented immigrants and public education to undocumented children), and the repercussive reach of the Zapatista insurrection in Mexico. These events spurred a powerful synergy in which avenues of expressive culture, such as music and public art, erged as platforms which voiced marginalized people's desires, opinions, and resistance to the conditions in which they found th selves. Quetzal maneuvered through the societal probl s that were affecting the communities in which these artists were living. As a prominent force in this East L.A. creative culture, Quetzal vividly portrays how music, culture, and sociopolitical ideology come together in a specific place.