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Contact Quetzalcóatl "The remarkable thing about Quetzalcóatl is that their music 'talks' to our roots as human beings... It goes from their hearts to ours."
-- Edward James Olmos


"Quetzalcóatl's performance at the Wadsworth Theater had the audience up instantly out of their seats and moving with the rhythms of the Americas. The band's ability to draw the audience into the passion of the moment was exhilarating. They drew the fire of the evening."
-- Linda Timmons, Residency Coordinator, UCLA Center for the Performing Arts


Dedicated to presenting the richness and variety of traditional Latin American music from its indigenous roots to depictions of contemporary life, Quetzalcóatl (pronounced ketz-al-KO-watt) celebrates the depth and history of Mexican and Latin American culture that is still very much alive and evolving. The group takes its name from the Aztec and Toltec plumed serpent God of wind and master of life, a compassionate teacher, unifier of distinct peoples, whose symbol embodies the basic energies of the universe.

Using more than 30 different historic instruments, this extraordinary ensemble of Latin Americans has delighted audiences in major concert venues throughout Mexico, the U.S., Canada and Europe. Based in the United States and Mexico, the group has also performed their music for television and films, which include on-camera appearances in The Net, American Me, and the documentary Recycled Life.

Special Performances

  • Dia De Los Muertos Fesital - Santa Monica, CA 2012. Alfredo Lopez Mondragon performed in the celebration as an artist, musician, and musical director. View the Fall 2012 event calendar.
  • Cafe Bolivar Performances - Alfredo Mondragon performs classic and forgotten songs at Cafe Bolivar.
  • World Pathways Ensemble - Part of the World Pathways Ensemble, Alfredo plays indigenous instruments from Central and South America.
  • Victoria Gardens Multicultural Center - Free Outdoor World Music Concert Series: Alfredo Lopez y su Grupo Quetzacoatl. Alfredo Lopez y su Grupo Quetzacoatl - Dedicated to presenting the richness and variety of traditional Latin American music from its indigenous roots to depictions of contemporary life, Quetzalcóatl (pronounced ketz-al-KO-watt) celebrates the depth and history of Mexican and Latin American culture that is still very much alive and evolving. The group takes its name from the Aztec and Toltec plumed serpent God of wind and master of life, a compassionate teacher, unifier of distinct peoples, whose symbol embodies the basic energies of the universe.
  • Theater, Music, Film at the Getty Villa - Songs from the Fifth Age: Sones de Mexico Ensemble in Concert. The year 2010 commemorates the bicentennial of Mexican independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. These two events, along with Mexico's rich indigenous past, have helped forge the culturally unique nation that is present-day Mexico.
  • SPARC Pena - This special evening will encompass a rich variety of traditional Mexican musical genres.


  • "Champions of the Mexican Son" by Audrey Coleman




    Latino Theatre Company Presents "La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin"



    Alfredo Lopez and the Latino Theatre Company in "La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin" Featured on Zarela.com




    Quetzalcóatl

    14 songs. 30 instruments. Traditional music from 5 regions of Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela. This award-winning, unforgettable CD also includes a 32-page music history booklet.
    Track List
    • Sabor a Caney (son - Cuba)
    • La Gallina (son planeco - Michoacán, México)
    • La Vaca Mariposa / El Becerrito (merengue - Venezuela)
    • La Iguana (son jarocho - Veracruz, México)
    • Amorosa Guajira (guajira - Cuba)
    • El Gusto Federal (gusto - Michoacán / Guerrero, M éxico)
    • Junto al Jagüey (pasaje - Venezuela)
    • El Impuesto (corrido - México)
    • Son de la Loma (son - Cuba)
    • El Caimán (son huasteco - México)
    • El Gabán y El Gavilán (joropo - Venezuela)
    • Pinotepa (chilena - Oaxaca, México)
    • Caballo Viejo (pasaje - Venezuela)
    • ¡Calla Nicolás! (son - Cuba)