Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles
Perhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles –the first all female mariachi in the United States is that now there are actually other all-female mariachi groups. It is the growing proof that when mariachi Maestro José Hernández created Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre. Reyna, which was formed in 1994, has taken the history of women in mariachi music from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The compliments have not stopped.
In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, with a male perspective, Reyna has created its own history. Their history had the best of beginnings with the mentorship of Lola Beltran, “La Reina de la Música Ranchera”, who created confidence among the members in the early years. While Maestro Hernandez often credits the tremendous contribution of Beltrán and other early contributors, Reyna could not have been created if not for his vision. Always ahead of the curve, Maestro Hernandez saw the potential to include more people in the rich heritage of mariachi music, and the opportunity to include more families in learning and performing. They have been teaching new generations of mariachi throughout the country, and have had such an impact on mariachi and culture that their story was documented in a movie that was released to major film festivals and also shown as a PBS movie special.
Reyna has gained fame for the stars they have shared the stage with: such as Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Piñeda, José Feliciano, Miguel Aceves Mejía, and Lucha Villa, but they have gained even greater acclaim for their performances for stars such as: Tom Petty, the Dodgers, Nomar Garciaparra and his soccer-star wife Mia Hamm, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, San Penn, and the late George Harrison of the Beatles.
This success has propelled Reyna de Los Angeles to record four successful albums produced by Maestro Hernandez: Solo Tuya (Yours Only) and El Mejor Mariachi Femenino del Mundo (The Best Female Mariachi in the World), Compañeras, and most recently, Entre Mariachi y Corazón (2014).
Mariachi Garibaldi is the performing ensemble from Southwestern College. It is the first school in the world to offer a college degree in mariachi music. Students study mariachi performance, music theory, instrumental and vocal technique, mariachi history, and fulfill general education requirements. Former students have moved on to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and perform mariachi music professionally. They are beginning to fill the great need for mariachi teachers that exists across the US today. Mariachi Garibaldi has performed innumerable engagements in and around San Diego including several national education conferences. They have been featured in both American and Mexican national news broadcasts and featured prominently in the new documentary “In the Name of Mariachi Music” which details the impact the US is having on the history and future of mariachi. Their concerts at Southwestern College consistently sell out. They have traveled to perform for the famed “Encuentro de Mariachi” in Guadalajara nearly every year since 2002. They recently returned from performing in Russia in June, 2009, France in February, 2010, and China in September, 2010. They recorded a 2-CD set “Mariachis Garibaldi” in 2009, and their version of “Hotel California” was featured on the recording “Mariachi Rock-O” along with of Mariachi Vargas, Sol de Mexico, and others.
Jeff Nevin, Director
900 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91919
Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente
The mission of the Ballet Folklorico Tierra Calente is to represent the various visual and performing artistic branches that Mexican Folklore has to offer, serving as representatives of this moving art. The group believes that their dancers not only benefit physically from the dance activity but also mentally from the dance activity. Dancing performance builds self-confidence, discipline, listening, organizational, and presentational skills that can be applied to school, home, and life in general. More than a dance group, they are a family. The older members are mentors to the young; the parents are very active, lending their support in practices, performances, meetings, etc. There are many plans for future growth relating to the personal and artistic side of “Tierra Caliente”. They want their members to succeed not only artistically, but in school and life. In the past and even more so today, they believe that Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente enriches its community with Mexico’s traditions and Art while at the same time fostering their leaders of tomorrow.
USD Mariachi Toreros
Mariachi Toreros from the University of San Diego was established in 2012. Under the direction of Serafin Paredes this ensemble gives students the opportunity to learn about mariachi music and perform at events on and off campus. Mariachi Toreros has performed at events for Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox, California State legislature Dr. Shirley Weber, former USD president Mary Lyons, and many others. Mariachi Toreros also hosts The USD Mariachi Conference. During this conference mariachi students come to the University of San Diego to be immersed in mariachi music, learn technique, style, and musicianship from some of the best mariachi performers.