In 1981, at the age of 23, Mr. Jose Hernandez founded Mariachi Sol de México in Los Angeles, California. As true representatives of a treasured musical heritage, the
In 1981, at the age of 23, Mr. Jose Hernandez founded Mariachi Sol de México in Los Angeles, California. As true representatives of a treasured musical heritage, the 33 year old Mariachi Sol de Mexico has grown to become a dynamic team that has accepted the mantel as the nation’s mariachi ambassadors. More than any American citizen, Maestro Hernandez is responsible for the recognition that this musical tradition is receiving throughout the world. His ensemble of musical artists brings together refined vocal power and superb musicianship. His 13 member concert mariachi ensemble is one of the finest mariachi ensembles to be found both in Mexico and the United States.
Mr. Hernandez’ compositions are bright, splashy celebrations. No one else in the mariachi music scene navigates traditional Mexican folk, classical, and pop music with such grace.
Their 8th CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 (Tequila con Limon con El Mariachi Sol de Mexico). This nomination made them the first mariachi ensemble to receive such an honor. Their 13th CD, 25 Anniversario José Hernández y Su Mariachi Sol de México, was also nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Their most recent 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.
Hernandez has taken his ensemble to perform with the New Mexico, Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles symphony orchestras.
Sol has recorded with American and Mexican artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Juan Gabriel, Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez, Green Day, Luis Miguel, Shaila Durcal, and Vikki Carr.
Mr. Hernandez has grown to become an American cultural ambassador having toured to Spain, Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia, as well as holding the distinction of being the first mariachi to perform in the People’s Republic of China and North Korea.
Jose Hernandez comes from a family that has been performing mariachi music for five generations. He has shared the stage with his five brothers since the age of three. His fluent mastery of the medium has led him to assist in many film scores. He has participated in more than 20 Hollywood soundtracks including Rango, Seabiscuit, Don Juan De Marco, and A Million to Juan.
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm
Bakersfield Fox Theater
2001 H Street