-NEW- Lua Project~ Mexilachian Music

Keith Lee Dances


Estela Knott
808 Rockland Ave
Charlottesville, va 22902
Email: info@luaproject.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luaproject
YouTube: youtube.com/channel
Instagram: instagram.com/luaproject/


Trio/Quartet Concert: $1200 - $2600
Full Band Concert: $2400 - $3600
Duo Concert: $800 - $1400
Duo Workshop/Residency: $800 - $1400
Trio/quartet Assembly Performance: $1200 - $2000

Travel and accommodation expenses to be determined by service and location.


Throughout the year


Artist can bring sound reinforcement for small to medium size venues.
Professional sound system required for larger stages or festivals.
Multimedia projection show available for suitable venues. Contact artist for specifics.


Concerts can be tailored for all ages.
Workshops, assemblies, and residencies from elementary school students to adults.


The Lua Project has been called a ‘cultural pollinator’, and was formed by David Berzonsky and Estela Knott after they returned to Virginia to raise children after almost a decade of travelling, performing, and recording, throughout the Western hemisphere, in places as far afield as Lima, Peru, Veracruz, Mexico, Recife, Brazil, and Berkeley, Ca.

In so doing, they have found musical adventure and a diverse cross-cultural experience right here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains where the backdrop of life in a multi-ethnic community serves as a wellspring from which Lua Project draws subject matter and inspiration, which is then blended into a music that it describes as Mexilachian.

With an artistic commitment to go deep inside their own families’ cultural roots, they meticulously thread together the narrative of their history— Appalachian, Mexican, Jewish— into a completely original yet seamless journey through styles and centuries. They write gorgeous melodies, punctuated by Estela’s soaring voice and the band’s complex and subtle arrangements.

The stories they tell— of bonds both familial and communal, and the intoxicating natural beauty of their homeland in the Virginia foothills, are refreshing, disarming, joyous, and haunting. The current lineup features Matty Metcalfe and Christen Hubbard, two limitlessly talented and utterly authentic musical co-conspirators, who have travelled widely but have settled deeply in the shadow of the Blue Ridge. They are emerging masters of Appalachian fiddle tunes, Irish music, Argentinian tango. The Lua Project’s shows are engaging, soulful, celebratory, and captivating. They are truly blazing their own musical trail, filled with surprises and wonder. And they represent the best of a new breed of Virginia artists, grounded in tradition, yet with a syncretic musical intelligence that beckons the whole world into their musical village— to build bridges across cultures and pathways into the human soul.

Educational Programs

Cultural Crossroads: A Musical Journey through Mexilachia- 45 minutes-1 hour: bi-lingual assembly for high schools and colleges, includes musical performance and discussion of Appalachian and Mexican culture, song, and poetry. An excellent way to expose your students to Spanish language performance. Can also provide workshops and residencies. Contact artist for details.

Gathering Musical Goodness for the Global Village, The songs and stories of Mexilachia— A bi-lingual journey into Spanish language music for younger children, elementary, and middle school students; focus on songs and stories, and an introduction to Mexican and Appalachian music, instruments and dance.


David Bearinger (Virginia Humanities) Dave and Estela’s work builds bridges and a sense of unity among diverse peoples. Their performances are energetic and uplifting. Their interpretations of various musical traditions are superb, like the original music they perform. And they are both skilled at working with a wide range of audiences, in both school and community settings.

Gwen Armstrong (Spanish teacher, Luray HS) The students learned about the fusion of music and instruments with a blend of English, Spanish, Appalachian, and Jewish traditions, and customs.

David Docken (Choir director, JEJ Moore MS) Their ability to act as primary sources for these students to learn about Mexican culture and how it has integrated with Appalachian living was truly fascinating and captivating for the students.

In a time of needing more diversity and social justice education in our schools, I would like to invite The Lua Project back to help continue to spread the narrative of Mexican influence in our culture.

Amy Azano (Professor of rural education, Virginia Tech)-- As cultural organizers, teachers, and musicians, they are committed to telling the untold stories of immigrants in the Shenandoah valley.

Terri Allard (Host, PBS’ Charlottesville Inside Out)— tapping into the rich and deeply rooted music of Estela's childhood--regional and traditional music from Mexico and Appalachia--Lua Project succeeds in bringing together music and people of different cultures.