Guest Artist

Mariachi Sol de México ® de José Hernández

Mariachi Sol de México represents 130 years of mariachi tradition. In 1981 José Hernández, at the age of twenty-three, founded Mariachi Sol de México in Los Angeles. His compositions navigate styles such as traditional Mexican folk, classical, and pop. Mariachi Sol de México has recorded with American and Mexican artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Juan Gabriel, Lola Beltrán, Vicente Fernández, Green Day, Luis Miguel, Shaila Durcal, and Vikki Carr.

Mariachi Sol de México is the first mariachi group to be nominated for a Grammy, having received the honor for their recordings Tequila con Limon con El Mariachi Sol de México and 25 Anniversario José Hernández y Su Mariachi Sol de México. Their recording LA MUSICA, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández con La Sinfónica Nacional de Las Américas was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013.  

Mariachi Sol de México has performed with the orchestras of New Mexico, Denver, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The group made its debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices in December 2009 and has returned every year since. José Hernández is an American cultural ambassador having toured to Spain, Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia. Mariachi Sol de México holds the distinction of being the first mariachi group to perform in China and North Korea and has performed for four US presidents at the White House.

Founder of Mariachi Sol de México and America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, fifth-generation mariachi José Hernández is a four-time Grammy award nominee and a master of mariachi music. He is a musician, composer, and music educator who continues to break new ground in the world of mariachi music through education initiatives such as the José Hernández Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute and the Mariachi Heritage Society. He is also the musical director of many prestigious mariachi festivals and conferences around the world. His latest CD, Leyendas de mi Pueblo, is an homage to great Mexican mariachi music icons. He composed, arranged, and provided music for all sixteen Mariachi Sol de México albums and has recorded with Selena, Vicente Fernández, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams, and the Beach Boys.

(Dec 2019)