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

2017

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Zacbe Pichardo

Member 2006-Present

Harp, Huapangera, Marimba, Percussion, Accordion

Zacbé Pichardo is a harpist, marimba and percussion player with the ensemble. He has a composition degree…

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Eric Hines

Member 2015-Present

Drums, Percussion, Marimba

Dr. Eric Hines is a professional percussionist and educator residing in Chicago, IL. An accomplished performer of…

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Gonzalo Cordova

Member 1994-2002, 2014-Present

Guitar, Jarana, Requinto Percussion, Vocals

Gonzalo Cordova is an interpreter of music. His background is steeped in traditional and popular Latin music ranging

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Rene Cardoza

Member 1994-2003, 2017-Present

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.

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Erendira Izguerra

Member 2017-Present

Violin, Clarinet, Jarana, Vocals

Eréndira graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) with a degree in music. She studied classical violin with Jennifer Cappelli and joined the Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic playing…

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Juan Díes

Member 1994-Present

Producer, Director, Bass, Guitarron, Guitar, Harmonica, Flute, Percussion, Vocals

Juan Díes was raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico where he first developed a passion for music, learning to play the guitar at age six. At age 18, he..

Past Band Members

1994

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Lorena Iñiguez

Zapateado, Vihuela, Jarana, Drums, Percussion

Member 2003- 2017 

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Rudy Piñon

Violin, Requinto, Trumpet, Bajo Sexto, Vocals

Member 2016

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Juan Rivera

Violin, Requinto, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals

Member 2005-2015 

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Javier Saume

Drums, Percussion, Marimba, Maracas

Member 2006-2013, 2014-2015

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Jorge Leal

Drums, Percussion, Marimba 

Member 2014

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Victor Pichardo

Music Director, Violin, Guitar, Clarinet, Jarana, Marimba, Vocals

Member 1994-2013

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Renato Ceron

Violin, Harp, Accordion, Sax, Vocals

Member 1997-2006

Joel Martinez

Joel Martinez

Drums, Percussion

Member 2003-2006

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Raul Fernandez

Drums, Percussion, Requinto

Member 1994-2003

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Hermo Contreras

Guitar, Hapangera, Vocals

Member 2002-2003