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Si eres como yo, una persona culta,
educada, bien parecida y que te
encanta la buena música pero no
sabes lo que significa la palabra mestura
ni mucho menos que tiene que ver con
el jazz, funk o la trova, déjame darte la
descripción de acuerdo al diccionario de
la Real Academia Española. La palabra
mestura proviene del latín mixtûra que
significa: la “mezcla rara de cosas muy
diferentes”. Eso es exactamente lo que
es Mestura Fina, una mezcla de personas
diferentes, provenientes de países
distintos y cuyo ingrediente principal
es la pasión por la música. El grupo se
compone por:
Carlos Escalera, un cantautor
Chiapaneco lleno de recuerdos y
nostalgia por su país y su gente. Sus
sentimientos, su orgullo, su coraje y
su frustración contra los gobiernos
Latinoamericanos están reflejados en
la letra de sus canciones. Su lenguaje
y la interpretación de sus melodías
no conocen límites al denunciar a los
personajes que lo inspiran.
Rick Yocum es un guitarrista de
ascendencia angloamericana aunque
también lleva en su sangre la valentía y
la historia de los indígenas de Estados
Unidos. Posiblemente por esto además
de tocar su guitarra al compás de las
letras de Carlos Escalera también
tocará tu espíritu.
Rodney Ramos es un bajista
puertorriqueño que posee una
sensibilidad que, al cerrar los ojos al
ritmo de su bajo, te transportará al
corazón de la cadencia caribeña que da
forma a sus interpretaciones.
Rodney Ramos Jr. es un percusionista
de tan sólo 18 años quien heredó su
pasión por la música de su padre, Rodney
Ramos, infundiendo vida y movimiento a
letra, guitarra y bajo del grupo.
Así es como Mestura Fina mezcla ritmos
contemporáneos, armonías atrevidas y el
sonido de la nueva trova para hablar de
los sueños, esperanzas y recuerdos de la
vida de una manera rítmica y poética,
pero a la vez con una libertad
que no conoce fronteras,
exponiendo la realidad
crudamente. Lo mejor de
todo es que los puedes
encontrar aquí mismo en
Milwaukee para amenizar
de una manera original tu
próximo evento social. - Spanglish Magazine, Milwaukee


The group Mestura Fina is just as its name implies: a fine mix of four musicians whose distinct musical experiences and styles create one of Milwaukee's more original Latin jazz bands. Headed by Carlos Escalera, a self-taught guitarist and singer, Mestura Fina is backed by Rick Yocum on guitar, bassist Rodney Ramos, and his son Rodney Ramos Jr. on drums. (RV) Contact: (414) 350-0419 - Aqui Milwaukee


SPANISH FEATURE STORY
Mestura Fina: Simplicity, Talent and Passion
By Raul Vasquez

Few would ever admit it, but most musicians have dreamt at least once of achieving fame; of standing on a stage and being worshiped by millions of fans. This isn't an odd thing, especially since we live in a celebrity-obsessed world where a chosen few make it to the top - sometimes without much talent - and countless more desperately seek it out.
Carlos Escalera isn't one of these. He's a dreamer, yes, but not of fame.
Escalera is a family man - he's married with children - and works as a cook in a major hotel in Milwaukee. When he was young in Oaxaca, Mexico, he taught himself to sing and to play the guitar.
Recently, Escalera was doing cover tunes with some musicians that he'd met. But that ended in 2006 when the bassist, Rodney Rámos, a Puerto Rican musician with decades of experience who was about to retire from the music scene, asked Escalera if he knew anyone who composed original music.
Escalera, a tall and thin man, whose hair is slightly grayish, paused for a moment before responding to his friend. "Well," said Escalera, "I write some songs."
Escalera is not one of those people who seek out attention. He is humble in a way that many of us should want to be. But he also has talent.
"All of today's singers want to sound like other singers," Rámos says. "But not Carlos. He is original."
Excited with the possibilities of a new group, Rámos bought a new drum set for his Rodney Jr., 17, so that he would be the drummer of the group. Rick Yocum, a guitar player and music producer, was also on board.
In a few days, Mestura Fina was born. Today, it's a group that little by little is gaining a wider audience. While the musical foundation of Mestura Fina is Latin jazz, the soul of the music surges from the passion and honesty that are embodied in Escalera's lyrics.
Sometimes, however, Escalera tells his band mates that they should find another singer with more experience and talent. But his band mates tell him 'no.' "Who's going to sing a song better then the author of that song," Rámos asks. "Nobody."
One of his songs, "Huacalero," a song about his home in Oaxaca, includes the following verses:

All of the memories that I have of my childhood and its full moons,
Don't compare with returning to my homeland,
Of strong embraces from my friends and brothers,
The whole past from that place and its rhythms and indigenous blood
Is the nostalgia that I sometimes feel from knowing that I'm so far from my beautiful city.

- Aqui Milwaukee Magazine


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Mestura Fina - "Informal"

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Mestura Fina blends contemporary rhythms, adventurous harmonies & "Trova" to articulate their take on life's issues, dreams & hopes. All original, their venues are improvisational platforms to entice the senses & explore musical limits.
-One singer-songwriter from Chiapas, Mexico whose verses are the nuances of life...
-One Anglo-Native American whose guitar cries out to touch your spirit...
-One teenage drummer whose fire & heritage lights up the rhythm section...
-One Puerto Rican bassist with the passion & sensitivity to tie it all together...
An innovative fine mixture... Mestura Fina!