Critically acclaimed New York band Pistolera has toured its accordion-driven dance songs in six different countries since its debut in 2005. Fans around the world are dancing cumbias to the group's socially conscious songs--en español--about immigrants' rights, war, racism, feminism, and life on the border. The band has shared the stage with Los Lobos, Lila Downs,Ely Guerra, and Vieux Farka Toure, and has performed at high profiles festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival(Canada), Ollin Kan (Mexico), Central Park Summerstage (USA), and Sfinks (Belgium).
El Desierto y La Ciudad, the third studio album by the highly regarded New York City–based Pistolera, represents a daring departure from the band’s previous releases—conceptually, musically, lyrically, and spiritually. Band leader and songwriter Sandra Velasquez, whose previous two albums have slyly hinted at her full artistic vision, now displays the wide reach of her songwriting capabilities and vocal talents and a willingness to push her sound beyond the dance floor. The album is due summer 2011.