Interview Request: OriXa returns (after 3 yr hiatus) Sat. October 24 with Kapakahi, Elbo Room, SF, 9pm]]

Posted on October 17, 2009

Hi Nina and Amelia, La Raza Chronicles staff, and anyone I might have missed sending this to last week!
I know it’s short notice (for follow up), but any chance we can get Rowan on from OriXa to talk about his amazing comeback! (details below….) — and OriXa’s upcoming concert on Saturday, October 24th at the Elbo Room.
You can listen to their music tracks (myspace page) and read more about Rowan’s amazing recovery at these two sites:
Rowan Jimenez and Juan Caipo (drummer) are both available for interviews. They can bring CD to the station for interview, or I can also have Juan send you some mp-3 files.
Let me know. Hope we can do something!
Thanks,
Juliana
415-374-0070
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Media Coverage Request: OriXa returns (after 3 yr hiatus) Sat.
October 24 with Kapakahi, Elbo Room, SF, 9pm]
From: juliana@mojicaarts.com
Date: Tue, October 13, 2009 3:17 pm
To: juliana@mojicaarts.com

Dear Editors/Hosts:

Lead singer of OriXa, Rowan Jimenez, was diagnosed in 2006 with an auto-immune condition known as Scleroderma that had manifested in his lungs, thrusting him into a battle for his life.  In 2008 Jimenez received a bi-lateral lung transplant at UCSF. One year later, he’s fully recovered, and the band is back in full force with an upcoming concert playing some of their old time favorites, and new songs — and a new set of lungs!

For Immediate Release
October 2009

Media Contact: Juliana Mojica, Mojica Arts
415-374-0070 | juliana@mojicaarts.com

After a 3 year hiatus Bay Area’s Latin Alternative Power House
OriXa returns Oct 24th
(with a new set of lungs, literally!)

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9pm
Tickets $10
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, – October, 2009 – OriXa, one the most sought after Latin Alternative outfits from the Bay Area and the US returns from a 3 year hiatus, performing live on October 24th at the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco at 9pm. The Latin Ruckus Crew: Juan M. Caipo/drums, Michael Cavaseno/guitar, Charles Gasper/bass and Rowan Jimenez/vocals and percussion will be unleashing its explosive energy running through songs from the self-titled debut “Orixa”, “2012 e.d” and “Siembra” as well as playing for the first time new songs…with singer Jimenez showcasing a new set of lungs.

The end of 2006 took an unexpected turn for the band when co-founder singer/percussionist Jimenez learned that his auto-immune condition known as Scleroderma had manifested in his lungs, thrusting him into a battle for his life. Forced to take an indefinite break, OriXa and Jimenez redirected their attention on finding the clarity, perspective and necessary tools to battle the situation. With the condition progressing at an alarming pace, in July of 2008, Jimenez was placed on the UCSF transplant wait list and just 2 months later, on September 15th Jimenez received a bi-lateral lung transplant at UCSF.

The illness and recovery have been a remarkable journey for Jimenez and the band and just one year after the transplant, Jimenez and the Latin Ruckus Crew are back in full force inspired by a fierce survivalist attitude. If you’re in too deep the only way to go is deeper. OriXa’s return to the stage is a spectacle not to be missed.
                                                                                         
About OriXa

Since the early 90’s OriXa’s relentless presence in the Bay Area music scene had established them as a hard act to follow. Their unique blend of Rock, Hip-Hop infused Afro Latin grooves and Spanglish flavored lyrics combined with high energy live performances earned them top reviews and numerous awards.

The group was at the forefront of the Rock en Español movement in the United States along with groups like Pastilla, Maria Fatal, Volumen Cero ,and one of the first to help breakdown the language barrier in the Bay Area by performing at venues that did not have a Rock en Español or “Latin” night. The group caught the attention of DJ No Name from the popular Rock Station Live 105 and was featured on their weekly playlist as well as on Latin Alternative stations across the country and charting on CMJ for over 15 weeks.

Shortly after the release of 2012e.d in 2001, the songs “2012” and “No Importa” were included on Ark 21/Universal’s CD compilation Escena Alterlatina along with Los Rabanes, Kinky, Julieta Venegas, among others. In 2005, OriXa’s video/single “Siembra” received daily rotation on MTVes and a Buzz Worthy nod by the network and was licensed for the ShowTime TV series “Sleeper Cell”. NPR included Siembra on their 2006 Top 10 list Latin Alternative albums to have next to BajoFondo, Cafe Tacuba, Caifanes, Manu Chao to name a few. Orixa appeared on LATV, Telemundo, LAMC and supported top Latin Alternative acts on stage such as Café Tacuba, La Maldita Vecindad, Cypress Hill, Julieta Venegas, Molotov and Jaguares.

Other highlights of OriXa’s decade long career include a California Music Award in 2001 for “Outstanding Latin Album of the Year” with their previous release “2012 e.d.” as well as an ASCAP Latino award for “Best Independent Band”, SF Weekly “Best International Group”, East Bay Express “Best Rock en Español group”.  

To schedule an interview with OriXa or to request a CD for review/airplay, please contact Juliana Mojica at 415-374-0070 or juliana@mojicaarts.com.

Digital images available.

CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Calendar Listing / Music / Latin Rock/Alternative

OriXa, one the most sought after Latin Alternative outfits from the Bay Area and the US returns from a 3 year hiatus, performing live on October 24th at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. The Latin Ruckus Crew: Juan M. Caipo/drums, Michael Cavaseno/guitar, Charles Gasper/bass and Rowan Jimenez/vocals and percussion will be unleashing its explosive energy running through songs from the self-titled debut “Orixa”, “2012 e.d” and “Siembra” as well as playing for the first time new songs…with singer Jimenez showcasing a new set of lungs.

WHAT:      OriXa returns Oct 24th
                After a 3 year hiatus Bay Area’s Latin Alternative Power House
                (with a new set of lungs, literally!)

WHO:        OriXa with Kapakahi, Latin Rock/Alternative
       
WHEN:       Sat. October 24, 2009
       
TIME:        9:00 pm

WHERE:    Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, SF

PRICE:      $10

TICKETS:   415.552.7788 or http://www.elboroom.com/

WEBSITE(S)    www.rowanjimenez.com     www.myspace.com/orixa

PHOTOS:     digital images available by request

MEDIA
CONTACT:    Mojica Arts, 415-374-0070 or juliana@mojicaarts.com

ADDITIONAL
CONTACT:    510.418.6985 or  latinruckus@gmail.com    


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