Latin GrammyÒ nominees Maestro José Hernández and his world-renowned Mariachi Sol de MéxicoÒ, return with their 25th annual Merry Achi Christmas holiday tour traveling to 13 cities throughout California and the Southwest beginning November 26 and culminating December 19. The program showcases the ensemble’s musicianship, playing mariachi favorites as well as the most well-known and beloved Christmas music such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, performed mariachi-style by one of the most critically-acclaimed mariachis. Click for tour dates and tickets.
In addition, Maestro Hernández and his Mariachi Sol de México will debut their newest album: “Embajadores del Mariachi: 40 Aniversario” (Mariachi Ambassadors: 40th Anniversary), featuring new renditions of some of their biggest hits throughout the years. The CD will be available at all tour stops as well as on online music retailers.
“We are delighted to return to in-person concerts, celebrating 25 years, bringing our holiday tradition to audiences in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Texas,” says Maestro Hernández. “A Merry-Achi Christmas is an evening for families both young and old, and, you don’t have to speak Spanish to be part of the celebration!”
Mariachi Sol de México’s roster includes: Trumpets: José Hernández, founder/director, Jorge Contreras, Moisés Ortiz; Violins: Adrián Grijalva, Gustavo Peña, Isau Arellano, Deni Morales, Fernando Moreno, Guadalupe González; Strings: Jorge Flores, Alejandro Ascencio, José “Pepe” Pérez; Harp: Guillermo Acuña.
José has 47 years’ experience as a musician performing artist, composer, and Mariachi educator in the U.S. and Mexico, and 35 years as a restauranteur. He recently opened Casa Del Sol Cocina Mexicana, a new restaurant at The District at Tustin Legacy that brings authentic Mexican cuisine to Orange County. Casa Del Sol, the home of multiple-Grammy nominees Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández and America’s first all-female ensemble, Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles, features live Mariachi music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night as well as at Sunday Brunch.
José Hernández is an eleven-time Grammy Award nominee and a master of mariachi music. He is a world-renowned musician, composer and music educator who also travels year-round teaching the art of mariachi music to new generations at schools across the United States and Mexico. He is founder of the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México and America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
José is a fifth-generation mariachi whose passion is to bring mariachi music to audiences around the world. In addition to leading two mariachi ensembles, he works tirelessly to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has founded: The José Hernández’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer InstituteÒ, a mariachi music Summer intensive and competition which brings together some of the country’s top student mariachi ensembles and the Mariachi Heritage Society, which teaches mariachi music and folk dancing to new generations. José is also the Musical Director of several prestigious mariachi festivals.
José continues to advance the art of mariachi music with daring new compositions and arrangements. His 17th CD, Bailando Sones y Huapangos con el Mariachi Sol de Mexico was nominated for both a Latin Grammy and a Grammy. It is an homage to the significant relationship between Mariachi Music and ballet folklórico. He has composed, arranged, and provided music for all seventeen Mariachi Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world and recorded with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams, and the Beach Boys.
José’s musical inspirations are rich and diverse, ranging from Agustín Lara to José Alfredo Jiménez. One of José’s proudest achievements is establishing the Sol de México® symphony orchestra, bringing this powerful and vibrant sound to mariachi lovers around the world.