With a combined musical experience of 100 year or so, the four members of Llorona have been playing the Eugene music scene in notable bands such as Son Melao, Mood Area 52, The Long Hello, The Peter Wilde Band, and The Crawdads of Pure Love. They combine their talents to bring you ghost stories, tales of love and loss, truths and dreams at the crossroads of traditional Mexican and contemporary styles. It’s a beautiful and haunting experience of an enigmatic category that might best be called ghost folk.
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Over acoustic arrangements and behind Bonaventure’s lusty alto singing voice — one of Eugene’s finest — Llorona puts a modern, Americana twist on traditional ranchera music. Ranchera is a style often described as a little like Mexican country music: Think mourning lost love and drinking wine in a dimly lit bar.
William Kennedy, Eugene Weekly, March 2018
Marietta Bonaventure sings beautifully and hauntingly, like a ghost in mourning.
This is apt, as she’s the frontwoman for Eugene band Llorona (pronounced yoh-rona), named after the La Llorona of Latin American folklore. The story typically goes that La Llorona, “the weeping woman,” is doomed to walk the Earth searching for the children she accidentally killed before taking her own life.
“For me, I’ve always been drawn to the folklore of Mexico,” says Bonaventure, who comes from Mexican and Italian heritage. “Mexican culture is full of these really intense, really scary stories.”
Llorona, which also consists of Ricardo Llamas (upright bass), Madeline Bolt (violin) and Dave Hicks (resonator guitar), will host a CD release party Saturday at Sam Bond’s Garage for its first full-length album, “So Far From the World Above.”
Alex Cipolle, Register Guard, March 2018
LLORONA is available for all types of events - public and private -
with both acoustic and amplified performance.