by Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano
Recorded in April 2019, the album “Crocodylia” features compositions written for each of the extant crocodilian species around the world by Mexican musician and composer Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano who performed an extract of his album focused on American Crocodiles and specimens of The Manchester Museum collection.
For the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2021, Francisco performed, in an exclusive premiere, the Cruziohyla sylviae composition. The piece commissioned by Manchester Museum and animated by Shafia Fiaz, celebrates the frog species identified by Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology, Prof. Andrew Gray.
World Wildlife Day 2021 Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining people and Planet
Thank you to everyone at Manchester Museum for their interest in my crocodilian-inspired compositions and their keen support...and to Andrew Gray for trusting me enough to write a piece of music for one of the highlights of his career!" Francisco Lozano
In his composition, Francisco Lozano blends rock sounds with the animal characteristics, capturing a fascinating perspectives on the relationship between humans and wildlife.
Watch the exclusive premiere of the Cruziohyla sylviae - Sylvia the frog piece. The work is composed by Francisco 'Drilo' Lozano and beautifully animated by Shafia Fiaz.
‘It has been an honour and very special privilege to have Francisco Lozano compose such an enchanting soundtrack to represent this species so close to my heart’ Curator Andrew Gray
Francisco “Drilo” Lozano
Musician and Composer
Born and raised in Mexico City, Francisco “Drilo” Lozano has been writing and performing music since the 90’s.
Throughout the years, he has been a member of many Rock bands (mainly, the Mexican Rock band Zarigüeya, which he co-founded). He has also been part of several tribute bands, playing the music of The Beatles, Queen, Prince, Dead Can Dance and others.
He has performed live on Mexican TV (Canal 22 and Canal 11) and his music has also been transmitted on radio stations such as 95.7 FM and Radio Ibero.
Some of the venues where he has played include: Foro Sol (one of the largest arenas in Mexico City) and Hard Rock Live (main stage of Mexico City’s Hard Rock Café).
Has been part of music festivals in Mexico City’s Historic Downtown. Some of his concerts have also taken place at different universities, and he has been invited to perform twice at Mexico City’s Museum of Natural History (besides collaborating for some of their online events).
In April 2019, he releases his album “Crocodylia”, which features compositions written for each of the extant crocodilian species around the World. During live concerts of this album, he enjoys sharing facts about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials.
The following year, he releases “Systema Solaris”, an album featuring compositions inspired by the Solar System and the mythological deities after which planets are named. Parts of this album have been presented for two consecutive years during “Noche de las Estrellas” (“Night of the Stars”), Mexico’s most popular Astronomy event.
In 2021, Francisco “Drilo” Lozano was invited by Manchester Museum to participate in World Wildlife Day. He presented a short talk and a music video for his composition “American Crocodile” (from his “Crocodylia” album). He was also commissioned to write music for Cruziohyla sylviae, a frog species identified by Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology, Prof. Andrew Gray.