Brothers in Arms

Chicano Power Revival brilliantly crosses cultural boundaries with its wildly eclectic grooves

"We could go wild and just make whole albums of just one style. Just do a whole album of traditional Mexican music," says Raul. "Or just do a whole album of real organic, ambient percussion and piano pieces. I just have all these crazy ideas that I want to try and accomplish."

One opportunity that may yet break Yáñez into the national spotlight is his collaboration with DJ Radar. Last year, Yáñez helped compose the DJ's groundbreaking "Concerto for Turntable," which the pair performed alongside the ASU Symphony Orchestra. Radar is currently in talks to set up a tour (in conjunction with MTV) that may take the DJ-symphony showcase across the country.

Despite his many activities, Yáñez's heart obviously lies with CPR. It's clear he feels a profoundly personal -- and no doubt, familial -- bond with the group and its music.

Chicano Power Revival melds Latin American rhythms with improvisational jazz.
Irvin Serrano
Chicano Power Revival melds Latin American rhythms with improvisational jazz.
Raul Yáñez, left, is CPR's keyboardist and bandleader.
Irvin Serrano
Raul Yáñez, left, is CPR's keyboardist and bandleader.

"It's like the song 'Follow Your Dream, Brother,'" Raul says. "I wrote that for my brother George. It's about not giving up on the possibilities of life. Even though I wrote it for him, it applies to me and this band as well. Playing with CPR, it really feels like I am following my dream."<P

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