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Sonorama! Latin American Composers in Hollywood

The music of Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin and more

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Discover the Latin history of Hollywood, as we turn the spotlight on the Latin American artists that shaped the sounds of the screen.

Since the very early days of film, musicians from across Latin America have been instrumental in creating the sound of Hollywood. Sonorama – a live concert accompanied by film – celebrates this legacy.  From the Space Age sound of Juan García Esquivel, whose orchestra was called Sonorama; to the Latin Jazz-tinged film work of Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry) and the beautiful boleros of María Grever to the under cover Latino Juan Manuel Cascales whose work appeared under the name Johnny Richards.

Joining the dots is producer Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) whose own most recent film work is in Pixar’s Coco. He’s joined by guest vocalists Omar and Nina Miranda, as well as Hackney Colliery Band Horns and more guests to be announced, for an electronic reimagining of the Golden Age of Latin American composers in Hollywood. Sonorama was conceived by cultural historian Josh Kun, author of The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles.


Produced by the Barbican in association with Como No!

Supported by the Mexican Foreign Ministry and The Anglo Mexican Foundation 


collage of sonorama musicians

Watch: Sonorama! Latin American Composers in Hollywood

Featuring the music of Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin, and more performed by Camilo Lara, Nina Miranda, Omar, Hackney Colliery, Band Horns and more...

cover album of esquivel's other worlds, other sounds

Listen: Esquivel - Other Worlds, Other Sounds

Listen to the classic album by Juan García Esquivel.

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