Recording with Adrian Quesada and Amalia Mondragon

look at the bios for these people i’m recording with this week:

Amalia Mondragon is a fronteriza vocalist born in East Los Angeles and raised in the farmlands of La Union, New Mexico. She grew up singing and playing the clarinet and trumpet and has been a part of the Juarez Chihuahua MX, El Paso Tx, Las Cruces NM Border music scene for several years. She participated in a large array of genre’s and ensembles to include a stint as lead vocalist of The Chamanas, who were nominated for a Latin Grammy through their collaborated work in the record Once Once. Currently, she is working on her solo project as an independent solo artist.


Adrian Quesada is a grammy award winning musician/composer/producer based in Austin, TX. As a musician he is best known as co-founder of the bands Grupo Fantasma (now ex-member), Brownout/Brown Sabbath, and Spanish Gold. Never one to sit still, he also releases music as The Echocentrics and is a revered and in demand collaborator, occasionally delving into projects such as Electric Peanut Butter Co., his collaboration with Shawn Lee as well as Ocote Soul Sounds, his musical union with Martin Perna of Antibalas. As a guitar player Quesada has toured all over the world, from prestigious festivals to legendary venues, has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as twice on PBS' historic Austin City Limits TV Show. He has also worked with such diverse artists as Prince, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Bernie Worrell, Daniel Johnston, Larry Harlow, Quantic and many more. As a producer Quesada has worked on albums by Daniel Johnston, The Sword, Natalia Clavier, Karl Denson, Toy Selectah and Ian Moore, among others, as an engineer he was recently tapped to record The Dap Kings at Level One Sound, and as a guitarist he has appeared on many albums, including recent ones by Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim), Los Angeles Azules and Ximena Sariñana.  He was also recently one of twenty musicians in the world nominated for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative to be protege to the legendary Brian Eno.
In the film world, Quesada produced the soundtrack/score to the award winning (2007 Audience Award winner SXSW Film Fest) documentary Inside the Circle which debuted on MTV in early 2009 has and contributed music to various other films and projects, including 2009 documentary The Least of These and 2015's Jonathan Demme/Louis Black produced Made in Texas short film series. He recently scored a pilot for a History Channel series and has also provided the theme song to National Geographic's American Weed.

His music has been featured on MTV, HBO and Showtime along with major Hollywood films. He has also been a writer for the Ehko/FirstCom/Universal music library for many years, having contributed to many TV shows along the way.  In print his work has been covered in Pitchfork, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, NPR and more.

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