AOEA Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
05 Oct 2012 | WORLD



Contemporary High-Octane Mexican Fiddling

Winners of the Vox-Pop Award at the 2013 Independent Music Awards in the Best Song-World Beat category for “El Pijul”.

Champions at the “2013 Battle of the Boroughs”, one of National Public Radio’s flagship competitions, sponsored by The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WNYC and WQXR’s in New York City.

First band from Mexico to ever play the Apollo Theater as “featured guest artist” at “Amateur Night at the Apollo”

“Aliens of Extraordinary Ability…is the latest CD from these young brothers who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and now live in New York…a crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!”
– Dan Zanes, Grammy Award Winner, USA TODAY.
“I am glad I lived long enough to see you! This is amazing! All I can say is, I hope the world gets to experience this. Before starting you said something very important, you said: “we try to embody the miracle of music”…well, you certainly are a carrier of that disease…may we all catch it!…I don’t know what else to say, I am speechless!”
– Marion J. Caffey, Producer of “Amateur Night” at the Apollo Theatre
“I loved your style of music. The blend was amazing, the band was tight, it kept me going… I felt like I was part of the band, except I was sitting out here. I didn’t understand a word you were saying, but I felt it! where can I buy your CD? For real!”
– Steve Pageot, Grammy Award Winner
“Oh my God, that was fantastic! Let me tell you something, you guys transformed the environment of the venue…I was exactly where you wanted me to be. Your voices! You’re gonna get this reaction every time you play, and that is an amazing thing. Your music was a tidal wave of fire and it hit you really strong. You have excellent showmanship, but you also have the talent and skill to back it up”
– Alicia Olatuja, Mezzo-Soprano
“I’m speechless, I’m blown away…I have never seen anything like this before…”
-Leital Molad, Senior Producer of WNYC Studio 360
“They played with exuberant intensity for the appreciative audience…with their heads bowed…fingers jumping and feet tapping, they weren’t just playing music, they were living it…”
– Devan Sipher, THE FORWARD.

Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener.

In 2013 they performed at Cumbre Tajin, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, where they shared the stage with Regina Spector, Pet Shop Boys and Los Tigres del Norte. Later that year, they became the Ultimate winners of the “2013 Battle of the Boroughs”, one of National Public Radio’s flagship competitions sponsored by The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WNYC and WQXR’s in New York City.

They were the first Mexican band ever to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC, as featured guest artists, adding this historic venue to an already impressive list of credits that includes the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre in Broadway, The Miller Stage in Milwaukee, The Ford Theatres in Hollywood, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana.

In February 2014 they performed for the first time in Asia for more than 3,000 IIT students at the opening night of Alcheringa Atlantis, the largest music festival in North East India. During the summer they toured the United States with concerts in California, New Jersey, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Texas, and were invited to perform in Moscow, Russia, as special guests during the Mexican Independence Day celebration.

They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre Boulez, Dolly Parton and Eddie Palmieri.

Future endeavors include the completion of a Symphonic Project in collaboration with Grammy-winning arranger and composer Eduardo Magallanes and the recording of a second album scheduled for early 2015.

The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez sing and play guitar and accordion after a day’s work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano.

Villalobos Brothers are: Ernesto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Alberto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Luis Villalobos, lead vocals and violin Humberto Flores, back-up vocals and guitar Rosa Avila, drums Leo Sherman, bass

About the album: “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”

After more than two years of work, in 2012 they completed their studio album titled: “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”. The album’s name makes reference to the Artist Visas that the three brothers received before coming to the States. This is the actual status given by the U.S. government to foreign-born artists and athletes. Every arrangement and composition was ripened through multiple shows at the Marble Hill Summer Concert Series, a yearly urban festival curated by the Villalobos Brothers. Then the whole program was taken live to the world-class Carriage House Studios in Connecticut, and engineered by Brendan Muldowney.