From performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Grammy nominations and its members' collective ability to play over 80 traditional instruments, the Sones de México Ensemble is no amateur musical group. And soon, they will be bringing their talent to Chapel Hill.
Sones de México will be coming to UNC on Sept. 9 to host a workshop and concert in the SonjaHaynes Stone Center.
The mission of Sones de México, founded in 1994, is to show the Latinx community that they don’t have to sacrifice their culture in the United States, but instead can share it with pride and contribute to the diversity of the country, Sones co-founder and ensemble member Juan Díes said.
“It goes beyond the musical mission,” Díes said. “It is a cultural mission for us. And our method for delivering this is through promoting folk and traditional music from small rural communities in Mexico.”
Sones’ morning workshop at the University will consist of a program that highlights the diversity of Mexican music. They will project a map of Mexico on a screen and then lead a “musical tour” that showcases Mexican regions with African, Central European and Indigenous influence, among others.
The evening concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“The music that we perform, even though it is composed and practiced by people who don't have a formal music education, who may not be able to write this music, or haven’t gone to schools or conservatories to create it, it has a great artistic value,” Díes said.
The Sones de México Ensemble specializes in Son music, which is the combination of regional music styles that are hundreds of years old and continue to be played in rural areas.
There are six musicians in the ensemble, one executive director and a few part-time contractors in charge of publicity.