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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles & Villalobos Brothers – The Soul of Mexico
April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$28 – $71
For the first time ever, trailblazing ensembles Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles & Villalobos Brothers join forces—at The Conrad. America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles, brings sensitivity, beauty, and a vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi. Hailing from Veracruz, the Villalobos Brothers are acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their finely crafted original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of traditional son jarocho melodies with the intricate harmonies of Latin jazz, rock, and flamenco.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
The first all-female mariachi in the United States, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles have paved the way for other female mariachi groups to exist at the professional level.
Reyna, formed in 1994, has truly broken the stereotypes surrounding Mariachi music. In a musical landscape of songs that are often written by men, and for men, Reyna has created its own history. Under the leadership of eight-time GRAMMY nominee Maestro Jose Hernandez, Reyna was the first female Mariachi to break out of local level recognition to international stardom with original compositions, arrangements and interpretations of Mariachi classics. As performers, their passionate vocals, ability to engage the audience, and stellar musicality is second to none.
Their internationally distributed albums include Solo Tuya, El Mejor Mariachi Femenino del Mundo, Compañeras, and Entre Mariachi y Corazon.
Reyna’s success has so greatly impacted Latino culture that the US government’s official historical archives have recognized them at the Smithsonian Institute, which released Reyna’s most recent self-titled album. Reyna has inspired a new generation of young women to stay true to the authenticity and tradition of Mariachi while being unafraid to take risks musically and professionally.
The Villalobos Brothers are acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The ensemble’s virtuosic performances have delighted audiences throughout Latin America, India, Russia, Canada and in more than 30 states across the US. They have performed in historic venues and events including Carnegie Hall, LincolnCenter, the Latin GRAMMY Awards, Davies Symphony Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, San Jose JazzFest, Celebrate Brooklyn, the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico CIty, the Blue Note Jazz Festival and the Apollo Theatre.
In 2018, they joined forces with Arturo O’Faril and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for the “Fandango at the Wall” project. This ambitious undertaking, produced by Kabir Sehgal, united legendary international musicians for a live concert at the Tijuana–San Diego border wall which resulted in a live album and documentary film released in 2019.
Villalobos Brothers recently premiered their symphonic project, performing sold-out concerts with both the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony. The ensemble has collaborated with legendary musicians including GRAMMY winners Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Antonio Sánchez, Regina Carter, Eduardo Magallanes, Dan Zanes, Siera Hul, and Ana Tijoux. Their new album Somos will be released in 2019.
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