Son Jarocho Ensemble
Alexandro D. Hernández, Ph.D. was born in Los Angeles, California to migrant parents and raised between the Texas-Mexican border and Michoacán, México. Hernández received a B.A. in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis on Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2005), and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2014). He conducts research on U.S. protest music within Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x and Black communities. Hernández focuses his research on the jaranera and jaranero movement in the United States, a group of activist-musicians that utilize the son jarocho to musically support efforts for immigrant rights, peace movements and intersectional community action.
His research on the son jarocho is featured on National Public Radio’s Alt.Latino.
Hernández is a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral Smithsonian Institution Fellow and is published in the anthology Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism, The Journal of Pan-African Studies and Smithsonian Folkways. He currently teaches the courses Music of Latin America: Latin South America and Chicano-Latino Music in the U.S. at the University of California, Los Angeles. His courses provide a critical race, gender and ethnic analysis of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, Latin American and Afro-Diasporic music and cultural expressions. Hernández is currently expanding his research on son jarocho accompanying gender-justice and immigrant rights movements and son de tierra caliente between the hotlands of Michoacán, México and the Central Valley of California.
In addition, Hernández is an active performer of Latin American traditional music, a co-founder of Mariachi Manchester—the world’s first mariachi tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths—and a member of artcore punk band ¡Aparato! (http://www.aparatomusic.com/)
. He co-produced It’s Time (2012) by Las Cafeteras, has collaborated with quintessential Chicano rock band Los Lobos, and is a featured musician on José-Luís Orozco’s Grammy-nominated album ¡Come bien! Eat Right! (Smithsonian Folkways 2015).