In the Media: Martha Gonzalez’s Band, Quetzal, Featured in Mission Local

Portrait of Scripps College Associate Professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies at Scripps College

Martha Gonzalez, associate professor of Chicanx-Latinx studies, and her Grammy Award-winning band, Quetzal, were featured in Mission Local. Quetzal has helped keep the son jarocho musical tradition—which involves complex footwork, call and response, and topical commentary—alive in Los Angeles. “A lot of people see opportunities to quickly be on stage, sometimes even before they’re ready, in my opinion,” Gonzalez says. “That’s a misrepresentation of how important this music is and what it means. It’s meant to connect people to this practice in the context of a community.”