As a part of the Night Out section of the Iron Heart Chicago music series, Grammy-nominated violinist and Sones México Ensemble member, Juan Rivera, will be doing a FREE performance at Harrison Park in Pilsen on Friday, June 26, from 6-8pm!
Juan Rivera is a Chicago-based, two-time Grammy nominated musician who specializes in several styles of Mexican folk violin, including the ornate Huasteco style.
Juan Rivera was born in Aguililla, Michoacán. Both he and his brother developed an interest in music early on and went to Mexico City to pursue professional music studies at Casa de la Música Mexicana, where Juan later became an instructor. Rivera studied the Huasteco style of violin with Rolando “Quecho” Hernández and soon began recording with the group Son del Pueblo with whom he participated in two European tours accompanying the dance troupe Compañia Nacional de Danza Folclórica de México.
In 2001, Juan relocated to Chicago where he played with mariachi and other groups for several years. After a year of further musical study in California, Juan returned to Chicago in the spring of 2005 to join Sones de México Ensemble with whom he was twice nominated for a Grammy Award and has toured the U.S. coast-to-coast. Juan also formed his own trio Los Condenados Huastecos to focus exclusively on the huasteco style touring in Indiana, Illinois, and Texas. He has also continued to teach Mexican music at the Chicago Public Schools, and has been a member of the faculty at the annual Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Week in North Carolina since 2013. He is proud to join the Old Town School of Folk Music’s “Iron Heart” program in 2015.
“Iron Heart Chicago takes you on a trip around the world without ever leaving Chicago’s extraordinary neighborhoods. Sample a slice of the juju that makes Chicago the global music capital. After over 30 concerts at CTA ‘L’ Stations, Old Town School of Folk Music presents six heroes of folk music at Chicago’s Parks.”
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