Sones de México Ensemble | Mexican American Music & Dance from Chicago
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 at Noon, No Tickets Required
Sones de México Ensemble is a Mexican folk musical group that specializes in Mexican son, a genre encompassing the roots of mariachi music and other regional styles, including huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The ensemble was formed in Chicago in 1994 and soon incorporated as a non-profit organization to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. The current members of the ensemble are Juan Díes, Lorena Íñiguez, Juan Rivera, Zacbé Pichardo, Gonzalo Córdova, and Javier Saume-Mazzei.
As performers and recording artists, members of the ensemble have developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes. The group’s original work has included cross-culturally experimental projects with symphonic, Irish, Chinese, folk, blues, country & western, jazz, and rock musicians, though never abandoning its roots in Mexican son.
The group has released six CDs: ¡Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom); Fandango on 18th Street; the GRAMMY™ and Latin GRAMMY™ nominated Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land); Fiesta Mexicana (a children’s album); ¡Viva la Revolución!; and 13 B’ak’tun.
Photo: Elizabeth Fraiberg
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.