Participating Artists

Bio and Pictures

Sara CurruchichMayan Kaqchikel Singer-songwriter Sara Curruchich was born in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She is one of Guatemala’s most promising young voices. She brings a powerful message not only because of her musicality but because of her point of view as a Mayan young woman that has faced discrimination and has seen the horror of violence. She started early in music and with the support of her family she graduated as a music educator; she then started collaborating with Mam Rock band “Sobrevivencia”. Later in 2013, Sara started an intense activity of promoting her own music in different towns in Guatemala. She was invited to perform at the 30th Historic Downtown Festival in Mexico where she sang accompanied by the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra of Germany. Sara believes in herself, but also has the certainty that her music represents something bigger and beyond; from a country where exclusion and violence have shaped the lives of millions, Sara wants her music to expose the value, persistence and the beauty of life.

Chejo EnriquezGuatemalan multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer; besides being Sara Curruchich’s sideman on stage, is a fine artist on his own. Chejo will perform some of his original compositions. He is an experienced and respected musician in Guatemala City where he promotes other artists through his own cultural venture “Arte Positivo”, his independent cultural music label.



Jeana and Juan Carlos UreñaJeana and Juan Carlos Ureña Juan Carlos has recorded nine albums (four of those with Jeana), and they have performed their music throughout Latin America, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Well known in Central America, the Ureñas have created a contemporary and energetic musical style that combines subtle influences from the places they have lived (Costa Rica, the United States, and Brazil) with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and traditional folk melodies of Central America.


Mister MeliA Houston based urban artist, was born in Estelí, Nicaragua. His music approaches the reality of the social struggles that immigrants have to face in the U.S. and also gives voice to those stories that otherwise would stay in the dark. Mister Meli has collaborated with several singers that give melody to his social consciousness lyrics and is using a new Indy media approach to promote his work on the web and social networks.



PianoSurPianoSur There is a new band in town. Initiated by Costa Rican pianist Esteban Alvarez, PianoSur is an ambitious musical project that gathers known Austin musicians like Bolivian oboist Eduardo Cassapia, Ecuadorian multi-instrumentalist Victor Murillo, Brazilian percussionist Tonico Vanalli and Salvadoran guitarist Mauricio Callejas to perform some all-time Latin American classics as well as some original music. PianoSur will collaborate with Sara Curruchich and all participating artists for the grand finale!



Mauricio CallejasMauricio Callejas Austin based singer-songwriter native from El Salvador. Mauricio has released 4 albums and has performed in different venues in Latin America , the United States, Spain and Canada. He is the founder of the first songwriter directory of Central America, www.centroamericanto.net, produces a weekly radio program about Latin American song and is the founder of Centroamericanto Fest

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department

 

Who We Are

A quick history about CACFest

CACFest started in El Salvador in 2005 as a mere gathering of singer-songwriters. It was brought to Austin TX in 2011 by his founder, Salvadoran singer-songwriter Mauricio Callejas, debuting with a sold out concert at the Cactus Cafe, since then CACFest has organized outdoor community events and more intimate concerts at different local venues. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department, Cultural Arts Division and the Texas Commission of the Arts.

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