January’s Free Front Porch Performance, is The All-Female Mariachi Pasion Ensemble on January 31st
Mariachi is a genre of music that originated in Guadalajara, in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. It is an integration of stringed instruments highly influenced by the cultural impacts of the historical development of Western Mexico. Throughout the history of mariachi, musicians have experimented with brass, wind, and percussion instruments. The European influence of French and German immigration into central Mexico is reflected in the range of instruments, but the music is a unique blend with a sound all its own.
The mariachi ensemble generally consists of violins, trumpets, an acoustic guitar, a vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar), a guitarrón (a large acoustic bass) and, on occasion, a harp. They dress in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this Front Porch Performance features the very unique all-female Mariachi Pasion ensemble. The original group started in a music class at Arizona State University, and on a whim, the founding members thought it would be fun to play for a close relative… the rest is “HERSTORY”! The group has grown into a fifteen member group with the majority of musicians paying for their education playing their brand of mariachi music!
January 31, 2016: 2:00-4:00p.m, Community Center; 13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268