Mariachi is a music seeped in an ages-old male dominated profession, in which everything, from the soctumes to the instruments- to the melodies and themes- must adhere to immutable Mexican lore. Enter Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles, a conjuncio of beautiful young charro-suited women ages 14 to 34, who are currently making mariachi purists squirm and the rest of us cheer wildly. Yet while Mariachi Reyna De Los Angles are tradition breakers, they are also keepers of the flames fo mariachi tradition. They are the yin to pop music’s raucus yang, the music championships of a return to romance, manners and solid values. Rarely have a group of singers been better matched to their material.
Although, Reyna’s music abounds with sweet harmony, America’s first all- female mariachi group stays true to their music and creative spirit, mixing recognized masterpieces of mariachi with some popular cover tunes,. In all, they come of more folk than rock, more old time than new age. Though many are born and bred in the United States, they continue to cast their artistic net in ever widening waters. Wherever they sing, in concert halls or conventions, in resort hotels or state fairs, in the Hollywood Bowl to their appearancein the Greek Theatre, their music celebrates the common threads that make mariachi a universal language. They have shared the stage with many of the finest Latin performers: Vikki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda, Miguel acevas, Mejia, Lucha Villa and the one and only Lola Beltran who became their godmother during their debut performance at the living legends concert, and , of course, the renowned Jose Hernandez. Los Angeles City Council has recognized Reyna as America’s first all-female mariachi group. The innovative idea of an all female group was conceived by Jose Hernandez of Mariachi Sol De Mexico, America’s premier mariachi who believes that mariachi music is not only sacred, but mutable. Because Jose is a master of the medium, he is free to play with new sounds and ideas, Always striving to expand mariachi music and bridge the gender and culture gaps that have confined mariachi music to older, Hispanic audiences. Jose set out a nationwide screening to discover the best female mariachi musicians in the country. When finished, he collected a power house of all-female talent that he named in honor of the City of Angeles. With the creation of Mariachi Reyna, Jose Hernandez clinches his position as the man doing the most to bring mariachi, a great music of the 20th century, into the 21st.