Mar 3, 2018

Lila Downs

Lila Downs

Lila Downs

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“Taken as a whole, Downs’ work is a true original.”—NPR.org

Boasting a "cantina-classical" (The Washington Post) voice and delightfully eclectic compositions inspired by ancient cultures and her own Mexican-American heritage, Lila Downs is a singular performer. Expect elements of jazz, blues and world music to collide in Downs' seductive, joyful concert.

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“She’s David Bowie as the Thin White Duke. Beyoncé as Sasha Fierce … Downs channels Lola Beltrán, Mercedes Sosa, Chavela Vargas, and other musical greats in performances that conjure their voices and spirits, but with a sweeping vocal range.”

SF Weekly

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“Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto.”

The New York Times

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“Taken as a whole, Downs’ work is a true original.”

NPR

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"Across all her recordings and performances, Downs personifies both bullets and chocolate, taking a hard, piercing look at current social issues yet singing about them in dulcet and festive tones — as if to acknowledge that even in dark times, there's always something to celebrate."

Jill Kimball, CU Presents

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