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August 25, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm



Brothers Donald and Julian Peña, along with Janel Blanco on vocals, comprise The Maya Spectra, an emerging independent electronic trio hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although the brothers originally focused on jazz while studying in Arizona, a friend convinced them to transfer to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design where they were introduced to fellow bandmate Janel Blanco. The newly formed trio intended merely to play together for spare cash while they studied, but introducing original music to their repertoire quickly transformed the group into one of creation: new songs and new sounds, especially once they discovered their mutual love for electronic music.

At first melding their new inspiration with their familiar acoustic sound, The Maya Spectra made the decision to fully steep themselves into the electronic world so as to satisfy what became their artistic vision. Stripping their collection of songs to their barest skeletons of lyrics, melodies, and harmonies, the band reconstructed their entire body of work, resulting in their exciting debut EP, Music Box. Their single of the same name sets Blanco’s cabaret vocals against a backdrop of paranoid funk decorated with flourishes of modern EDM and a wailing, fuzzed-out guitar solo worthy of Prince.

“…their collision is a contemporary update on the smoothly chill, jazz-infused brand of trip-hop that dominated the genre during the late ’90s and ended up becoming one of the era’s defining sounds.” – Entertainment Weekly

“…an aural blend of industrial electronic music paired with jazz syncopations, trip-hop structures and soothing soulful vocal melodies.” – Earmilk

Check out their latest video HERE.


August 25, 2016
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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Santa Fe Bandstand
Santa Fe Plaza National Historic Landmark
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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