Troker, a rocking jazz fusion band, gives Santa Barbara audiences the opportunity to hear a fresh and fun new voice from Mexico’s national music scene in four free family concerts as part of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! They provide an eclectic sound with their unique combination of jazz, funk, hip hop and cumbia. The band is composed of six highly accomplished musicians trained as performers, arrangers and composers in conservatories and family traditions.
Trumpeter Gil Cervantes, graduate of the University of Guadalajara and the Berklee School of Music, has played with groups ranging from the punk rock band Los Dioses to Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Drummer Frankie Mares studied at Mexico City’s Desarrollo Integral de La Música and has played with Eva Malva, Chick Freak, and others. Bassist Samo González, also from Desarrollo Integral, is an arranger and composer who has played with Sex Mob and Chick Freak. Arturo “El Tiburón” Santillanes is a versatile saxophonist who has recorded with the Black Eyed Peas and the Fabulous Cadillacs. Keyboardist Christian Jiménez has played with the bands Gato Gordo and the Harlem Jazz Quartet. DJ Rayo, the founding member of Troker, began his career in Guadalajara’s club scene and has recorded with Los Dorados.
Aside from Mexico’s 31 states, they have also toured the United States, Colombia and Costa Rica, being founded in 2006, and since then gaining national prominence. Their first recording “Jazz Vinil” was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 best CDs by Latin bands” in 2009. Their second recording in 2010, “El Rey Del Camino,” won Mexico’s IMAS (Indie-O-Music-Awards) award in the Jazz/Funk/Fusion category. Since then, they have performed at the Kennedy Center in “Celebrate Mexico,” as well as Los Angeles’ Faces of the World Festival and Grand Performances at California Plaza.
Starting on Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m., Troker will perform at Isla Vista School, next heading up to Guadalupe for the Guadalupe Salad Bowl Festival on Saturday, October 13 at 3 p.m. on Main Street.
They continue on October 14 with a special set at Girsh Pavilion at 1:30 p.m., co-presented by the California Lemon Festival, and wrap up the weekend at 7 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Jr. High.