The Best Mariachi Band in Southern California!
Prior to the arrival of Cortes the music of Mexico was very different than today.
As Christianity spread, music using the instruments brought by the Spaniards-
violins, guitars and harps, brass horns, and woodwinds. One musical style created
is most popular today, was the Mariachi.
The origin of the name is not certain but the word today has one meaning that is crystal clear: Mariachi means on of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found anywhere in the world.
In the complete Mariachi group today there are violins, trumpets, and a guitar - all standard European instruments. Then there is a high-itched, round-backed guitar called the a vihuela , which when strummed in the traditional manner gives the Mariachi its typical rhythmic vitality; a deep-voiced guitar called a Guitarron , which serves as the bass of the ensemble; and a Mexican folk harp, which usually doubles the base line, but also ornaments the melody. While these three instruments have European origins, in their present form they are strictly Mexican.
The sound that these instruments combine to make is unique. Like the sarape, which often us ed widely contrasting colors side by side - green and orange, yellow and blue - the Mariachi used sharply contrasting sounds: the sweet sounds of the violins against the brilliance of the trumpets, and the deep sound of the guitarrón against the crisp, high voice of the vihuela; and the frequent shifting between syncopation and on-beat rhythm. The resulting sound is the heart and soul of Mexico.
Although the origins of Mariachi music go back hundreds of years, in the form we know it the Mariachi began in the nineteenth century in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
By the 1930's Mariachi musicians had begun wearing the same traje de charro, consisting of a waist-length jacket and tightly fitted wool pants which open slightly at the ankle to fit over a short riding boot. Both pants and jacket are often ornamented with embroidery, intricately cut leather designs, or silver buttons in a variety of shapes.
Mariachis often help celebrate the great moments in the lives of the Mexican people. Often serenading for courtship, positioned strategically on the street beneath the window of the festejada, but the sound of its music echoes through the whole neighborhood. Mariachis are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals. It is not unusual for the deceased to leave a list of favorite songs to be sung beside the grave at burial.
Mariachi music has been incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church's most sacred ritual: the Mass. The Misa Panamericana is a Mariachi folk mass, sung in Spanish, that uses traditional instruments to create vivid new interpretations of the traditional elements of the service: Angelus, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Alleluia, Offertory, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.
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