Guadalajaran Funk and Jazz
Troker brings Guadalajaran funk and jazz to the Community Concert Hall
Progressive instrumental jazz collective takes the stage on Mar. 30
DURANGO, Colo. – Funky, instrumental jazz collective Troker comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m. The dance floor will be open.
It has been said, “If Salvador Dali ever made a heist movie, then Mexico’s Troker would have been the soundtrack.”
Troker is securing its place as a world-class jazz band – six musicians from different parts of Mexico with different influences, but all with the same goal to create mesmerizing rhythms and present unique live performances.
When forming in Guadalajara in 2004, Troker was considered a breath of fresh air. The frenetic grooves and playful jam sessions made the group one of the favorite bands in the city’s growing jazz scene, quickly attracting national media attention. But it wasn’t until 2007 with the release of Troker’s first album Jazz Vinil that the band members decided to devote their lives to music.
Described as “hard-groove” that fuses jazz, rock and funk with anything they find along the way, Troker has created a blend of the composed and the improvised, where metal riffage merges with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, and horn lines pull from jazz and the mariachi tradition of the band’s homeland.
Troker band members’ focus has remained instrumental music, free of labels – sounds that express their lives and their heritage. This artistic flexibility is considered one of the band’s great strengths, as Troker adapts to venues and festivals of jazz, rock and world music.
As to the band’s name, Troker is an invented word derived from the word “Troca,” a word used in the northern states of Mexico referencing pick-up trucks and trailers. The band members chose the name to make the statement that their music was not “jazz for elevators,” but something much more “powerful, greasy, potent.”
This engagement of Troker is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America (www.southernexposurearts.org), a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (www.midatlanticarts.org) in partnership with the National Endowment for the arts.
Tickets for Troker ($24/$34) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. All sales final.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.