Troker, el automóvil gris: Film + Live Soundtrack | SFJAZZ


Troker, el automóvil gris: Film + Live Soundtrack


el automóvil gris

Film + Live Soundtrack

Sunday, July 23, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium


Troker, el automóvil gris

Lauded by Rolling Stone as one of their Top 20 Mexican artists breaking boundaries, this hard-hitting sextet from Guadalajara creates a relentlessly danceable amalgam of earth-deep grooves with serious jazz chops, mariachi flavors, power chords, and a scratching DJ – a singular identity that could be seen as a perfect one-band expression of the wildly diverse Mexican music scene. Formed in 2004, Troker takes its name from the Spanish word “troca,” meaning “truck” – a moniker that is meant to suggest music that isn’t polite, but rather something greasy, purposeful, and powerful. Integrating influences from Thelonious Monk to Frank Zappa, the band has built a rabid following on the global festival circuit and recorded four full-length albums including their newest, the cinematically inspired 1919 Música para cine. In keeping with the theme of the album, for this performance, they perform their live soundtrack to a screening of writer/director Enrique Rosas’ classic 1919 silent film El Automóvil Gris, or “The Grey Car.” Sharing a similarly omnivorous musical appetite and instrumental acuity as funk/jazz standard bearers Snarky Puppy with a decidedly unique perspective, Troker brings, in their words, “funkadelic jazz from the tequila land.”

Artist Personnel

Diego Franco Chico saxophones
Isaías “Chay” Flores trumpet
Christian Jiménez keyboards
Samuel “Samo” Gonzalez bass
Juan Carlos “Frankie” Mares drums
DJ Sonicko turntables

Artist Website

"What they play is what you might call heavy jazz: lots of horns, deep bass, pummeling rhythms and a fierce, huge sound " — NPR Music
"Think Zappa meets Hermeto Pascoal " — DownBeat

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