Cita and Ricardo Ochoa Performed at off-Sunset Junction Venue
The duo headlined shows at Silver Lake's Mi Alma Gallery and Gardens.
Singer and performance artist Cita and veteran musician Ricardo Ochoa could well be described as two musical Gypsies.
Published on LatinoLA: August 23, 2010
They have traveled the world and performed at international events, renowned museums and even at street corners of the big city--they've been spotted in Venice and Little Tokyo playing for passers-by and tourists. Cita and Ricardo have played at Chile's Vi??a del Mar Festsival--arguably Latin America's premier fest, and the beautiful Getty Villa in Malibu; once they serenaded guests at a reception of the International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles at the Disney Hall's RED CAT.
Silver Lake was their next stop.
The artistic duo headlined two concerts at Mi Alma Gallery and Gardens this month, coinciding with the weekend of the Sunset Junction Street Fair. The gallery is just a stone's throw away from the famous intersection where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards meet.
"We love this place because it's in the heart of a neighborhood that welcomes all types of creative people--hipsters, gay people and artists in general," says Cita. "Silver Lake is a place open and committed to the arts, always willing to challenge the mind, nurture the soul and explore new horizons. We feel like we fit here very comfortably and we have many friends in the area".
The performance at Mi Alma cae at a special time for Cita and Ochoa. The Mexican twosome is working on a new music album and composing the score for an upcoming play about immigration in Los Angeles.
They are also getting ready to re-release "Reencarnacion," an album of rock, bolero, blues, electronica y pop recorded about a decade ago, when the Cita and Ochoa were leading a band called Cita y Sus Mu??ecas Rotas--literally meaning Cita and her broken dolls.
The album produced a Top Ten hit in Mexico, "Reencarnacion," and served to established Cita as an iconic diva with an enigmatic voice and look--soft features, blue eyes and a shortly-cropped hair a la Sinead O'Connor (quite daring for a country as traditional as Mexico). The song was also part of the soundtrack of "Alcanzar Una Estrella," to reach a star, a popular telenovela where Cita played the role of an artist like herself and which was the beginning of an enigmatic Cita in whom fiction and reality converged.
"The Mexican people were fascinated by Cita's look and voice in the telenovela," says Ochoa.
However, that would be the debut and end of Cita's acting career on the small screen for the most part.
"I'm more of a theatre actress," she says. In fact, Cita studied theatre and dance in the United States and was part of an underground, experimental scene that predated the explosion of New York's Soho art district back in the 1980's. "We had a lot of fun for a while but then we lost a lot of great friends and talent to the AIDS epidemic", recalls Cita. "It was devastating. And many of us just went in different directions."
Her theatrical career includes credits in plays like William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland". Being also a dancer by training, Cita performed in musicals like "Hair," "Cabaret" and "Chicago." She has also written, directed and co-directed various plays, and performed in at least one opera.
On the other hand, Ochoa is considered an influential guitarist of Mexican rock. In the 1970's he founded the band Peace & Love, which was one of the headliners of the historic concert Rock y Ruedas de Avandaro (rock and wheels of Avandaro), considered as the "Mexican Woodstock. Ochoa was also the founder of the cult band Nahautl, and Kenny y Los Electricos and Cita y Sus Mu??ecas Rotas.
Furthermore he's a prolific composer and producer with more than three decades of experience working with Mexico-based multinational record labels like Sony Music Entertainment, Discos Melody, RCA/BMG Ariola, Polygram/Phillips and WEA.
Ochoa has also produced albums for several of Mexico's most influential rock stars like Enrique Guzman, El Tri, Ritmo Peligroso, Sergio Arau, Sombrero Verde (now known as Mana), La Mala Sangre and Sabo Romo--one of the founding members of legendary Caifanes. He has worked with pop acts too, including Garibaldi, Ricky Martin, Angelica Vale and Alek Syntek and produced soundtracks for a couple of telenovelas.
Cita and Ochoa brought the wealth of their artistic experience and vision to their act at Mi Alma in Silver Lake. "We (were) very excited about doing this performance", says Ochoa. "We see ourselves and our art reflected in this wonderful community and hope people (saw) themselves reflected in our songs and performance too."
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