Sones De Mexico Ensemble
United States
Influences: Latin American , North American
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Sones de Mexico Ensemble Awarded a $30,000 NEA Grant for \ PRESS RELEASE : December 9, 2015 Media Contact: Juan Díes +1 (773) 728-1164   National Endowment for the Arts awards more than $27.6 Million across nation, including $30,000 to Chicago-based Sones de Mexico Ensemble for “A Musical Geography of Mexico” a touring, lecture/demo series   CHICAGO —In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $30,000 to Sones de México Ensemble to help fund a multi-state Musical Geography of Mexico lecture and demonstration series. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Sone de Mexico Ensemble offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.” Juan Díes, co-founder and Executive Director of Sones de México Ensemble, said, “We’re very happy that the National Endowment for the Arts continues to support the cultural and educational efforts of Sones de Mexico.” He continues, “With A Musical Geography of Mexico, we’ll be able to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture, not only among Mexican-American communities, but with the wider population across the United States.” A Musical Geography of Mexico will offer lectures and demonstrations of folk music and traditional dance from the various geographic regions of Mexico in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and informative.  The program will be presented in both English and Spanish to reach as wide an audience as possible in several U.S. states. It is expected that the program will be presented in as many as 12 different states. ___________________ ABOUT SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE: The group is Chicago’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican ‘son,’ a genre encompassing the roots of mariachi music and other regional styles, including huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The ensemble was formed in 1994 and soon incorporated as a non-profit organization to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. As a performer and recording artist, they have developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes. Its original work has experimented cross-culturally with symphonic, Irish, folk, blues, C&W, jazz and rock, though never abandoning its roots in Mexican son. The group has released six CDs: íQue Florezca! (Let it Bloom); Fandango on 18th Street; the GRAMMY® nominated  Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land); Fiesta Mexicana (a children’s album); íViva la Revolución!; and 13 B’ak’tun.  The organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a commitment to teaching. The mission of Sones de México Ensemble is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music and culture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination. For more information, visit # # # more
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The mission of Sones de México Ensemble is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music andculture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination.

Winners of the 2015 Chicago Music Awards for Best Latin Band, Sones de Mexico Ensemble is Chicago’s premier Mexican folk music band since 1994 with six albums, and two GRAMMY™ nominations under their belt. The Chicago Tribune says “[They] move seamlessly between styles and instruments playing with rock’n’roll energy without sacrificing cultural authenticity.” The band specializes is regional styles of folk music from Mexico, including son jarocho, huapango, gusto, son de mariachi, chilenas, and others.

We aspire to be the preeminent Mexican folk and traditional music organization in the U.S. through our reliance on the following core values.

CORE VALUESIn all of our operations, we are committed to

Maintaining the highest levels of excellence and professionalism in everything we do.

Remaining true to and knowledgeable about the traditions we represent.

Educating people about the wealth and depth of Mexican folk music culture.

Creating engaging experiences for the public and delivering extraordinary entertainment and learning value

Inspiring others to explore their heritage.

Educating people about the wealth and depth of Mexican folk music culture.

Being accessible, welcoming and encouraging of anyone who wants to learn more about Mexican folk music and culture.

Being a haven to other musicians who share our values and engage in mutually beneficial social collaborations.

Establishing Mexican son as a standard of the American music vocabulary.

Being a sustainable and fiscally responsible operation.

Sones de Mexico Ensemble is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chicago Community Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joyce Foundation, and the generosity of individual donors. All donations to Sones de Mexico Ensemble are tax deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. tax law.

CONTACT USFor booking, licensing and other information:

Juan Dies (773)