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Mariachi Night and CodaBow Give-Away
May 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a fun evening of live Mariachi music, discussion of carbon-fiber bows, and the chance to win a free CodaBow Diamond SX violin bow! Stay for the horchata and Mexican snacks, and our violin piñata. Featured will be two local Mariachi groups, Grupo Bella, and Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles. (see bios below)
The concert is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP Here.
Grupo Bella is a multi-faceted all-female ensemble from the Los Angeles area. Formed in the summer of 2010, these ladies are quickly becoming known for their excellent musicianship and diverse repertoire. With their use of traditional Mariachi instrumentation, these talented ladies have their roots in the Mariachi genre, but their broad assortment of music spans many different cultures, decades, and various Latin American and American styles.
Each member has a unique culture and musical history that adds depth to the group and culminates in beautiful performances. The group leader, Vanessa Ramirez, who is of Mexican heritage, has been singing and performing vihuela for many years both here in Los Angeles and in her hometown of San Diego, CA. Not only is she a very accomplished singer, having earned a Grammy award for her vocal work, she is also a Grammy nominated composer for one of her original songs. Several of her original songs are part of the soundtracks to movies in Mexico and here in the United States. Diana McConnell, who is of Scottish and Irish decent, began playing the guitarron while in college in El Paso, Texas. She received her Doctorate from the University of Southern California in Music Education in 2012, and when she is not performing with Grupo Bella, is an instrumental music teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Lilian Lopez has been studying violin since childhood and comes from a long line of musicians from both El Salvador and Mexico. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has also performed extensively with numerous prestigious Mariachi ensembles.
Valentina Servellon studied violin in orchestra and mariachi at the famous Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, CA, and has gone on to perform in several mariachi throughout the Los Angeles area. She has also performed classical music with the East Los Angeles College Orchestra. Keiko Okamoto has been playing flute all over the Los Angeles area for twenty years. She studied flute, voice, and piano at the Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo, Japan, Keiko returned to Los Angeles after studying jazz flute at Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Sought after by many for her immeasurable talent, she performs extensively in classical, jazz, salsa, and mariachi ensembles. Having performed in many different and diverse musical styles, Alyson Montes is a very accomplished and versatile violinist. She performs and solos extensively throughout Los Angeles in the rock, alternative, jazz, latin, and Mariachi genres. Performing Mariachi since she was five years old, Nicole Rivera studied at the Mariachi Academy in Orange County and San Fernando, CA. Nicole has performed all over the United States, including at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2012 with MMAP, and was awarded the Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Together, these ladies create a powerful musical force that performs throughout Southern California, from private events to local and national television shows and movies, including Good Day LA, My Fair Wedding, and Hell’s Kitchen. Grupo Bella is looking forward to more exciting and wonderful performances throughout the United States and all over the world.
The world’s first and only LGBTQ Mariachi brings Mexican music and folklore to Southern California. We are a dynamic ensemble representing the traditions of a rich culture of Mexico. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles prides itself in providing its public with the utmost professionalism and musicianship. This unique ensemble was created as a safe haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and somewhat discriminating subculture of the mariachi world.
Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire to suit the LGBTQ community while it maintains the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have the first transgender female, Natalia Melendez, in the history of mariachi as one of its members. Natalia has been featured in a two-part special for Univision news, which depicts her life and struggles as a transgender woman in the mariachi world. As a result of this two-part special, in its short existence, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has been invited to perform for 3 different morning news shows on Univision, which includes the “Lanzate” program. During each one of these presentations, the mariachi was highlighted because of its special nature in representing the LGBTQ community.
Due to the history that Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is making, this ground-breaking ensemble has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has also performed for Long Beach Pride, LA Pride, Transgender Pride at the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, The Abbey, Club Tempo, Hamburger Mary’s, many other LGBTQ establishments, as well as for many same-sex and “traditional” weddings.
The manufacturer of the world’s most famous carbon-fiber bows has provided us one of their near top of the line violin bows to raffle off at this concert. This beauty has strength, power, suppleness, and a suggested retail price of $595. Even if you are not the winner of this bow you will be able to purchase one of the 29 different models at our lowest sales price ever at this event. There are models and price points for every player, starting at under $300.
For a chance to win a free CodaBow Diamond SX violin bow, please RSVP Here.