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


Zacbe Pichardo

Harp, Marimba, Cajon (box drum), Congas, Bongos, Jarana, Accordion

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


Eric Hines

Drums, Cajon, Guiro, Shakers, Marimba

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


Gonzalo Cordova

Vocals, Guitar

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


Rene Cardoza

Mexican Folkloric Dance, Vocals, Guitar, Vihuela, Jarana, Flute, Ayoyotes (Ankle shakers),

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.


Erendira Izguerra

Violin, Clarinet

I’m not quite sure where my love for music comes from. It’s something that can’t be explained, like love. People don’t choose to fall in love, it just happens. I have been playing music since I was young, so it’s a daily routine.


Juan Díes

Vocals, Bass, Guitarron

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..


Lorena Iñiguez

Zapateado (foot-tapping), Dancer, Vihuela, Jarana, Flute, Ayoyotes (Ankle shakers), Cajon (box drum), Quijada (donkey jaw), claves, and Guiro

Lorena Iñiguez was born in Chicago and began dancing at age six in a dance troupe led by her father. She later joined…