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Seres de Luz is an experimental Latin-Folk Rock ensemble based in Pilsen, Chicago. Biography Seres de Luz, Spanish and Portuguese for “Beings of Light,” is an experimental Latin Folk Rock ensemble
Seres de Luz is an experimental Latin-Folk Rock ensemble based in Pilsen, Chicago.
Seres de Luz, Spanish and Portuguese for “Beings of Light,” is an experimental Latin Folk Rock ensemble and promising new crossover act in Chicago’s World and Rock music scene. Their debut self-produced and self-titled EP ‘Seres de Luz’ features intoxicating rhythms inspired by popular Latin American genres such as Punta-Rock, Soca, Cumbia and even the Angolan Quizomba. With original compositions in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, lyrics of personal and political themes are supported by a thrilling amalgamation of earthy rhythm and spacey lead guitar work, as can be heard in their first single, “Rompecabezas,” with a music video shot and directed by filmmmaker Carlos Ayala from Mexico City (to be released Feb 29th). The video depicts the band mascot, the Axolotl, an amphibian native to Lake Xochimilco, which can regenerate nearly any part of its body even after being severed. Their EP cover art, also showing the Axolotl, and “Dance to Your Death” single art features contributions by Brazilian artists Cibele Amaral and Mauricio Zuffo Kuhlmann (Bixiga 70). The band has quickly made a name for themselves after their first year, having performed at venues and festivals such as Navy Pier, Martyrs’, The California Clipper, and Pilsen Fest after winning 2019’s Pilsen Battle of The Bands.
The project began in fall 2018 when guitarists and songwriters Tomas and Emil met in Pilsen at Tack Room’s weekly Latin music jam night and bonded over their Brazilian, Latin and Rock repertoire. Drummer and percussionist Jonah Lazarus, with a background in Afro-Brazilian percussion studies, later joined along with his brother Max, a saxophonist, flutist and producer credited with engineering and mixing the self-produced EP. The quintet finally solidified with Maldovan photographer, filmmaker and bassist Alex Brescanu. Since the fixed members joined, the project has taken on a collaborative dimension and co-authoring of songs, drawing from each member’s cultural and musical backgrounds for inspiration.
The band is now performing regularly around Chicago and the Midwest, with aspirations of a national and international tour in the next year. They are currently scheduled with upcoming singles releases, and working on a full length album.