Quetzal Guerrero

Quetzal Guerrero

BandWorldSoul

Quetzal’s music, much like his Native American, Mexican and Brazilian heritage, bridges many cultures and styles. His art is both familiar and fresh to the listener, offering an explorative and very danceable convergence of musical influences including Soul, Jazz, Brazilian and Yoruba rhythms.

Biography

Arizona native Quetzal Guerrero, whose name means “precious feather” in the Aztec-Nahuatl language, began his musical explorations in 1986 at the tender age of four. While still a child, he studied classical violin at the famous Suzuki International Institute in Matsumoto, Japan and the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica in Recife, Brazil. Through the years he has become an outstanding multi-instrumentalist and performer, fluid with his voice, guitar and violin. Quetzal’s innate musicality has attracted and led to collaborations and performances with many legendary musicians and performers. Beginning at the age of 11, he has been invited to perform alongside such greats as The Mambo King Tito Puente, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Lalo Guerrero, Barrio Boys, Los Ilegales, Fey, Christian Castro, Vicky Carr, Acoustic Alchemy, Jorge Santana. In Spring 2004, while attending the prestigious Winter Music Conference in Miami, Mr. Guerrero’s talents came to the attention of world-renowned producer and DJ Osunlade. As a result of this meeting, he was signed to the Yoruba Records label and appointed musical director to Osunlade’s following US and European tours.

Quetzal’s art, much like his Native American/Mexican/Brazilian heritage, bridges many cultures and styles. The result is art both familiar and fresh to the listener, offering an unassuming yet explorative convergence of styles and influences spanning, but not limited to Soul, Jazz, Brazilian and Yoruba music. A consummate and electrifying performer, Quetzal exhudes a brilliance that is both precious rare; a God-given set of natural gifts to be shared with and appreciated by audiences worldwide.

After releasing the well-received and self-produced “Vamos Conversar” EP in Spring 2007, Quetzal has been working toward the completion of his upcoming full-length album (to be released in early 2009) with Los Angeles-based Belú Music producers Bryan Velasco and Alberto López (Rubén Blades, Bocato & Tita Lima among many others).

Discography

Now - Yoruba Records, 2009
Vamos Conversar EP - Yoruba Records, 2007
Ibara River Crossings (Compilation) - Yoruba Records, 2005
Cascabel - Independent, 2003
Buscando - Independent, 2002

Set List

Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser (Milton Nascimento)
Vamos Conversar (original)
Now (original)
Where Are You? (original)
Tudo De Voce (original)
Give Myself (original)
Fly Away (original)
Spanish Joint (D'Angelo)
Louco Por Voce (original)
Rumba a Yemoja (original)

The band is prepared to do sets ranging from 60-90 minutes. Also included in our repertoire are selected covers by D'Angelo, Djavan and Sade.