Grupo Mono Blanco

August 28, 2014 @ 9AM - 5PM

Watch the national policy forum on arts education hosted by the White Initiative on Educational Excellence live, with a very special key note performance by MONO BLANCO.

The internationally acclaimed musical group Mono Blanco is the leading proponent of Son jarocho. It is a multi-generational ensemble of over twenty members whose families have played and danced indigenous art forms for generations; the group has a unique sound due to a rich ancient tradition in which feet and voices of energetic and insightful modern musicians join the echoes of the past. Since its inception in 1977, Mono Blanco has toured Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Central and South America, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Gilberto Gutierrez, Mono Blanco’s artistic director, has received numerous honors including the National Endowment for the Arts “Folk Arts” Award and the Rockefeller Fund for Culture to develop projects that promote Son jarocho. However, its most important work remains within the rural communities of Veracruz. The group features Don Andres Vega, a master musician and elder in the group, who is responsible for keeping the flame of this musical tradition alive.

As a large part of disseminating this tradition, Mono Blanco conducts workshops on traditional song, dance as well as traditional instrument making. In 2001, Mono Blanco opened The House of Popular Music of Veracruz: “el caSon” – an independent music school whose sole mission is to promote and teach music of Veracruz. All of the workshops expose the idea of learning through teaching whether that is workshops on jarana, zapateado, harp, guitar or violin. El caSon features a monthly fandango with an invited group of Son jarocho, where students as well as educators participate in a jam session that displays the rich traditions of lyrical and instrumental improvisation. In addition, el caSon provides a space for the local jarocho groups to come and showcase their talent.

“… The first thing one perceives is their authenticity; specially their ability to improvise… (their) temperance within extremely good taste gives their interpretations a high poetic value…”
La Opinión, Murcia, Spain

“Like the monkey, these soneros are characterized by their originality, their gift of imitation, dexterity and spontaneity…”
La Jornada Semanal, Mexico, D.F.

“The harp and the ukelele-size guitarra de son pluck interlocking melodies and arpeggios, changing with every verse; a strummed guitar, the jarana, and an acoustic bass guitar, the guitarron, play brisk, three-against-two syncopations hinting at connections between Veracruz and Africa.”
New York Times, New York, USA

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An Evening of Music of the Angels

July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm

Enjoy an evening of Jalisco harp with an adopted son of Jalisco and internationally honored musician and teacher of the art form: William Faulkner.


San Jose Women’s Club
75 South 11th Street, San Jose, CA [ MAP ]


Admission: $10 at the door

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“Songs in the Key of Mexico” – a Vintage Evening of Music from South of the Border

August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

A free outdoor event, open to the public

The iconic Tower Lawn at San José State University, East San Fernando St. and South 4th St., San José, CA

Join us for our 23rd Annual Mariachi Gala celebrating the heritage music and dance of Mexico with Symphony Silicon Valley and our headline guests, Mariachi Sol de Mexico. For 2014 we will be showcasing the rising stars of mariachi music. Stay tuned for exiting announcements about our young stars this summer.

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Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mariachi Meets Baseball at a Mash-Up of Arts and Sports!

Come out to San Jose’s Municipal Stadium and enjoy a great family event for Cinco de Mayo as the San Jose Giants take on Modesto. Purchase tickets from MHC and support our music education programs!

When: May 5, 2014 6:00PM

Where: Municipal Stadium San Jose, CA

What: Mexican Heritage Night with the San Jose Giants

Tickets: Adults $10 Kids and Senior Citizens $5

Purchase online through our secure PayPal donation link and e-mail with the quantity of tickets you wish. Tickets will be held for ticket purchasers at the VivaFest will call table on the day of the game. (e.g., 4 adult tickets = $40 donation).

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Ireland Meets Mexico in a Musical Tribute to the San Patricio Brigade

Date to be announced summer 2014

September 14, 2013 @ 7pm

FREE admission

San Pedro Square Market
87 North San Pedro Street, San Jose, Ca. 95110

For directions click here.

VivaFest Presents, in association with the San Jose-Dublin Sister City Commission:

“Ireland Meets Mexico in a Musical Tribute to the San Patricio Brigade”

VivaFest! is very proud to present the 2nd annual collaboration between San José’s Irish and Mexican heritage music communities. This event was so popular last year that we’re bringing it back. Look forward to another rousing fandango of Irish and Mexican folk music.


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