Mexilachian Music:

A blend of original & traditional
music from Mexico, Appalachia,
and the Atlantic Basin.

Lua is a cultural pollinator, bridging together musical styles from different continents and different centuries. They write about contemporary themes, about families, and people and work and loss, but draw on the musical traditions of their own families' past.

The music is inspired by Mexican song, Appalachian song forms, Jewish and Eastern European tonalities, baroque melodic ideas, and Scotch-Irish narrative storytelling approaches. They strive to create a repertoire that constitutes new traditional music that they will be able to pass down to their children to experience, transform, and pass on.

"Mexilachian music is the sound track of my life," says singer-songwriter Estela Knott, who grew up in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in Luray, Virginia to a Mexican mother and Virginian father. Estela grew up singing and clogging the traditional music of the Shenandoah Valley as well as performing traditional songs and dances taught to her by her mother from her native Mexico. "When I look back on my life, I feel so incredibly fortunate to have had so many wonderful teachers who mentored me and gave me such strong roots in two deeply rich folkloric traditions. Their stories, songs and community spirit will always influence the songs I write, the music I play, and the way we live our life as a family".  


Estela Knott

"Mexilachian music is the sound track of my life" says singer songwriter Estela Knott, who grew up among the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in Luray, Virginia to a Mexican mother and a Scots-Irish father, singing and clogging the traditional music of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as performing traditional songs and dances taught to her by her mother from her native Chihuahua, Mexico. 

By the age of 10, she was performing a wide range of musical styles including Rancheros, Trios, Tejano, Country and Western, Old Time, Gospel, and Blues, in churches, festivals, private and corporate gigs, and recording jingles for radio and television ads. As a young adult traveling in Mexico, her greatest influences were families of the Son Jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico — Los Campechanos of Santiago Tuxtla and Los Cojolites of Jaltipan, Veracruz. This Son tradition, mingled with the melodies of the mountain music of Virginia is what Mexilachian music is made of and is what influences her songwriting and sound.

Dave Berzonsky

David Berzonsky is an accomplished double bassist, composer, and teacher. He has always written from a place of imagination and play, with an ear toward the evolution of Atlantic basin roots music. He has an affinity for playing with dancers, and creating subtle and cosmopolitan grooves and soundscapes.  Due to his love of travel, and ease with different cultures, he is able to see the rich commonalities of various musical styles from around the globe, stitching them together into new forms, songs and ideas.

Matty Metcalfe

Matty Metcalfe is a virtuoso accordionist and multi-instrumentalist whose musical range includes Irish, bluegrass, Klezmer, classical, jazz, pop, and zydeco styles. He is also in demand as a session and touring musician, musical director/arranger for theatrical productions, and pedagogue. The diversity of instruments and approaches that he brings to Lua illuminate each song and add color to the prismatic blend of tones in the sonic space the group creates. http://www.mattymetcalfe.com/


You just have to love the syncretic sounds of Lua, combining the best elements of Mexican and Appalachian music forms into their catalog of original songs. And they play with such joyfulness! Their music performances are wonderful to experience.
— Nathan Moore, General Manager (WTJU 91.1 FM)

I would never pass up an opportunity to hear Lua play. With tight rhythms, arrangements, and harmonies, Estela’s voice is singular and soaring, and Dave and the rest of the band never let the groove get off track.
— Ramona Martinez, Host WAMU's Bluegrass Country

“Lua has been a welcome addition to our venue for over a year now. Their soulful mix of Mexican and American folk music is a unique sound easily embraced by multiple cultures. ”
— RIVER HAWKINS, OWNER AND BAR MANAGER OF THE BEBEDERO