The group stars in the PBS specials “Americanos, In Performance at the White House” and “Mariachi: the Spirit of Mexico,” narrated by Plácido Domingo. Their eight CDs include the bestselling ¡Viva El Mariachi!, produced by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Their newest release (2005) is Llegaron Los Camperos.
The eleven-member Mariachi Los Camperos has established a unique reputation for its technical brilliance and musical nuance. Its members are highly trained musicians known for their versatility and discipline. To hear their richly operatic voices interwoven with the lush melodies of violins, the complex rhythms of guitar and harp, and the vivid brilliance of trumpets is to experience mariachi at its best—a triumphant balance of contrasts that is distinctly Mexican, yet universal in appeal.
Nati Cano began his mariachi career at age 8, performing in the streets of Guadalajara. A classically trained violinist, he founded Mariachi Los Camperos in 1961, and opened La Fonda restaurant in 1969—the now famous L.A. venue that still serves as the ensemble’s base.
Nati Cano revolutionized the mariachi movement by blending traditional rhythms with the more complex harmonies of American and popular music and raising the technical level of performance. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, Nati Cano performed for President Clinton at the White House, and is a recipient of Mexico’s highest musical honor for mariachi, the Silvestre Vargas award.
Dates/Times: Friday, February 24, 2006
8:00 p.m. MSU Concert Auditorium
Student and group discounts available.
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