The USC Fisher Museum of Art and USC Spectrum present


An Evening with
Lila Downs

in conversation with Professor Josh Kun and artist Demián Flores

A USC Distinguished Lecture Series in
Latin American Arts and Culture event

9/18/2013 | 7:30 PM
Tommy's Place

Special Offer: LILA DOWNS performs at the Greek Theatre with special guest Carla Morrison on Sunday, September 22.

USC Students can purchase tickets for $17.25 with the code USCSTUDENT at and at the Greek Theatre Box Office with student ID, limit 2 per customer (Begins Monday, August 26).

Join us for an intimate conversation with acclaimed singer, songwriter, and activist Lila Downs. Over the course of seven celebrated albums, Downs has vibrantly used Mexican musical tradition to explore contemporary identity, culture, and politics. For this special evening, she will discuss her Grammy winning album Pecados y Milagros, and its accompanying exhibition curated by renowned Oaxacan artist Demian Flores. Flores will also be present for the conversation. The Mexican ex-voto, or contemporary votive offerings, paintings inspired by the album's lyrics are currently on display for the first time in the United States at the USC Fisher Museum in the exhibition Drawn to Language, on view before the program.


Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. Downs is usually accompanied on her musical journey by her longtime band, La Misteriosa, multi-cultural multi-instrumentalists who include Paul Cohen, her collaborator, producer and husband.

For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.

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