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Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an Ensemble of Students from Chicago's Immigrant Barrios

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Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an Ensemble of Students from Chicago's Immigrant Barrios

Mariachi "Herencia de Mexico" scores a Surprise Hit with their Debut CD, Nuestra Herencia

Produced by Top L.A. Mariachi Musician José Hernández, CD Features Guest Vocalists from Renowned Bands Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Los Camperos, Sol de México, and Reyna de Los Ángeles

Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) ranked No. 2 in its first week on iTunes' Latin chart, defying a music industry trend and pointing to a revival in recorded mariachi music.

The album, released on May 17, is believed to be the first major mariachi recording released in the U.S. by a student ensemble, with members ranging in age from 11 to 18. It was produced and arranged by L.A.'s mariachi master, Jose Hernández, who calls the project "one of those labor of love things." Much of that love and labor came from César Maldonado, an investment banker whose most important startup was a non-profit foundation that promoted mariachi music instruction in Chicago public schools, creating a classroom incubator for the talent on this album.

In a historic collaboration, the album features guest musicians from some of the most respected mariachi groups from both sides of the border. It includes vocal contributions by members of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Los Camperos, Sol de México, and the all-female group Reyna de Los Ángeles.

Nuestra Herencia was released in time to qualify for this year's Latin GRAMMY competition and features tribute medleys to two of the genre's greatest stars: Juan Gabriel and José Alfredo Jiménez.

"I tell people that mariachi is a sleeping giant in this country," says Hernández. "A lot of people in the mainstream don't realize how big mariachi has become in the schools. It's really growing."

ARTIST WEBSITE: 

http://www.mariachiherenciademexico.com

ARTIST TOUR SCHEDULE:

Fri

August 4

Los Angeles, CA

La Fonda de Los Camperos

Sun

August 5

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival / S.B. Bowl

Sun

August 20

New York, NY

Joe's Pub

Fri-Mon

Aug 25- Sept 3

Guadalajara, MEXICO

Guadalajara International Mariachi Festival

Sat

Sept 16

Washington, DC

Kennedy Center / Millennium Stage (FREE)

Sat

Sept 16

Chicago, IL

WFMT-FM (NPR) Concert Broadcast on "Introductions"

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