Luz de Vida


Luz de Vida: A Compilation to Benefit the Victims of the Tucson Tragedy

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
Leonard Bernstein, November, 1963.


Release Date: October 18, 2011

Luz de Vida is a compilation album of music from artists both in Tucson and affiliated with Tucson. All proceeds from the sale of Luz de Vida will go to the Tucson Together Fund, the only officially sanctioned fund established to assist victims, families, and witnesses of the January 8th tragedy.

Luz de Vida – Spanish for Light of Life – is an expression of community, love, healing, grace and hope, a positive response from Tucson musicians and national artists who have a special bond with Tucson. Luz de Vida will be available in two formats: as a 37-track digital album and a special limited-edition 12-song vinyl release, with exclusively Tucson bands.

Included are songs written as a direct response, like Giant Sand’s “Recovery Mission,” in which the elder ambassador of desert rock Howe Gelb sings of the city’s tears and “collective heart.” The compilation also features “The Oasis” from the late, legendary blues guitarist Rainer.

Calexico, whose longtime friendship with Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly has resulted in the band’s music being played aboard the International Space Station, contributes the unreleased “Absent Afternoon.” Songs from Calexico collaborators Salvador Duran and Mariachi Luz de Luna reflect the city’s Hispanic tradition.

Tucson friends Robyn Hitchcock, John Vanderslice, Spoon, Neko Case, Meat Puppets, Jimmy Eat World, Ozomatli, Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard & Jon Rauhouse, Mark Growden and Chuck Prophet all contribute songs.

Fort Lowell Records artists Tracy Shedd and Dead Western Plains recorded exclusive follow-ups to their acclaimed 7inch records.

On the heels of their stunning 2011 debut album, Tucson’s Lenguas Largas returns with a special new track. The upstart R&B Kiss & The Tells make their recorded debut on Luz de Vida. Indie rockers Holy Rolling Empire and La Cerca explore new directions. And exclusive to the 12inch vinyl is a live recording of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Chango Malo.

Luz de Vida is compiled by Music Against Violence, a coalition of Tucson writers, recording engineers, and venue operators. © 2011