Rana Santacruz, a Mexican musician and bandleader who lives in Brooklyn, sums up his music as follows: Mexican bluegrass, Irish mariachi, folk alternativo. To elaborate: his sound starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across across the border to traverse the vast expanse of his home country and its various folkloric traditions. A playful and exceptional musician who wields both his accordion and his tremulous voice as instruments of pure emotion, Santacruz incorporates influences as diverse as the golden age of Mexican cinema, the magical realism novels of Gabriel García Márquez, musicians such as Tom Waits, The Smiths, The Pogues into something unique — with clear connections to American stringband music. He has won over American audiences of all stripes at showcases such as Austin’s South by Southwest, New York’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Next stop: FreshGrass.
Rana Santacruz: El Chapulín
Rana Santacruz: Por-Ahí