Sones de México Ensemble was formed as a quartet in 1994. They added a fifth member later that year and expanded to six members in 1997, a format that they maintain until this day. As older members retired or moved on to other artistic pursuits, a new “second generation” was recruited, starting with Lorena Iñiguez and Zacbe Pichardo in 2003 & 2006 respectively and continuing through 2015, when they were joined by Rudy Piñon and Eric Hines. Juan Díes and Gonzalo Cordova remain as original founding members.
Meet the Band
Violin, Requinto, Guitarron Vihuela, Trumpet, Bajo Sexto, Vocals
Rudy Piñon began studying Mexican music in high school under Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s founding Music Director Victor Pichardo. He developed as a multi-instrumentalist and pursued a career in mariachi music, playing with he top groups in Chicago for almost 20 years. He joined Sones de Mexico Ensemble in 2016.
Past Band Members
Member 1994-2003, 2017-2018
Zapateado, Guitar, Vihuela, Jarana, Flute, Violin
René was born and raised in Mexico City where he earned a degree in physical education from UNAM and began his career in Mexican folk music and dance. He apprenticed his father, who is considered a master of Mexican folk music and dance, at a very early age, which prepared him to become a dancer.