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¡Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom)

by Sones de Mexico Ensemble

Sones de Mexico Ensemble's First CD "Que Florezca-Let it Bloom" explores Mexican Music through an ancient Aztec legend about the origin of the world and the finding of self, passing through four musical worlds: Concheros, Huapango, Mariachi, and Negritud.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Toque de Flauta Triple
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2. La Pasion
1:42 $0.99
3. Que Florezca la Luz
4:27 $0.99
4. La Cruz
0:40 $0.99
5. Xipe
3:23 $0.99
6. Huapango por Bulerias
3:00 $0.99
7. La Huasanga
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8. La Rosa/La Petenera
5:27 $0.99
9. Toque de Chiurimia
1:05 $0.99
10. Jarabillo
3:57 $0.99
11. El Relampago
2:54 $0.99
12. Las Conchitas
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13. Jarabe Nayarita
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14. Entrada de Jarabe
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15. El Toro Rabon
2:44 $0.99
16. El Zopilote/La Iguana
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17. Zapateado
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18. La Bamba
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19. Tonantzin
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Album Notes
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are sorry, this CD is currently OUT-OF-PRINT. The download version is still available. Sones de Mexico Ensemble is considering a future re-issue. Stay tuned.

This is Sones de Mexico Ensemble's first commercial release in 1996. Named after an indigenous Mexican spiritual song (included in the album), symbolizing the band's "birth" or "blooming". This is an album meant to be listened to from beginning to end, as a journey. It was recorded in a basement studio in Skokie, Illinois on a 16-track machine. The engineer jokingly nicknamed it "the Mexican Dark Side of the Moon" (in reference to British psychedelic band Pink Floyd's breakthrough progressive rock album). While it does not enjoy the technological advantages of the CDs that followed, it shows the maturity of a serious band with a clear concept and the seeds for what was to come. The themes developed on this album continue to echo in the band's live shows today, even many years later.

"¡Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom)" explores Mexican music through an ancient Aztec legend about the origin of the world and the finding of self, passing through four musical worlds: Concheros, Huapango, Mariachi, and Negritud, and looking into Native, Spanish, and African ethnic roots of Mexican music. The all-acoustic music ranges from the fun and danceable, to the romantic and the mystical, featuring nearly fifty traditional instruments, and a roster of fifteen guest artists that include local harpist Beto Laguna, percussionist Rubén Alvarez, mariachi trumpet player Manuel Cervantes, African master djembe drummer Gideon Foli Alorwoiye, flamenco guitarist Héctor Fernández, Guillermo Contreras and Gonzalo Camacho from "Grupo Jaranero," and even a brief appearance by Howard Levy on flute. The extensive liner notes give a detailed description of the featured styles and instruments, and lyrics in Spanish with English translations are provided.

Co-produced by Juan Díes, Stuart Rosenberg, and Sones de Mexico Ensemble. Music Director: Victor Pichardo. The 1996 lineup of the ensemble featured in this recording was: Rene Cardoza, Gonzalo Cordova, Juan Dies, Raul Fernandez, and Victor Pichardo.


AVISO IMPORTANTE: Lo sentimos, este disco se encuentra AGOTADO. Aun se puede bajar en version digital. Sones de Mexico Ensemble esta considerando una edicion futura. Esten pendientes.

Este fue el primer disco grabado por Sones de Mexico Ensemble en 1996. Toma el nombre de un tema espiritual indigena mexicano (incluido en el album) que simboliza el nacimianto o florecimiento del grupo. Este album debe escucharse de principio a fin, como un viaje. Fue grabado en un rustico estudio en un sotano de una casa en Skokie, Illinois en una grabadora de 16 canales. El ingeniero en broma apodo al disco "El lado oscuro de la Luna mexicano" (haciendo referencia al disco seminal del grupo Britanico psicodelico de rock progresivo Pink Floyd). Mientras este disco no goza de los avances tecnologicos de los compactos que le siguieron, si muestra la madurez de una banda seria, la claridad de concepto, y las semillas de lo que ha venido despues. Los conceptos desarrollados en este album perduran en las presentaciones en vivo del grupo actualmente, aun muchos años despues.

¡Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom) es una exploración de la musica mexicana atraves de una leyenda Azteca acerca del origen del mundo y del encuentro con la identidad propia. En el transcurso de esta exploración se pasa por cuatro facetas de la música mexicana: Concheros, Huapango, Mariachi, y Negritud, haciendo alusion a sus raices indigena, española y negra. Esta coleccion de musica acustica va desde lo bailable y divertido hasta lo romantico y lo mistico, con cerca de 50 instrumentos musicales y un elenco de artistas invitados que incluyen al arpista Beto Laguna, al percusionista Ruben Alvarez, al trompetista Manuel Cervantes, al percusionista de djembe africano Gideon Foli Alorwoiye, al guitarrista flamenco Hector Fernandez, a Guillermo Contreras y Gonzalo Camacho del "Grupo Jaranero," e inclusive la breve participacion de Howard Levy como flautista. La extensa documentación escrita del disco describe detalladamente los estilos y los instrumentos utilizados y ofrece las letras de las canciones en español con traducciones en ingles.

Co-producido por Juan Dies, Stuart Rosenberg y Sones de Mexico Ensemble. Director Musical: Victor Pichardo. La dotacion original del grupo que participo en esta grabacion en 1996 la formaron Rene Cardoza, Gonzalo Cordova, Juan Dies, Raul Fernández, y Victor Pichardo.



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great way to get into this music
I love this CD! I love the mix of rythms and the strong indigenous feel to it. I am relatively new to this type of music and saw Sones de Mexco in concert; HAD to get this CD! Please do more that touch on the "old" roots of the music.


Que Florezca. (Let it Bloom)
Heard about them on Morning Edition (NPR) and had to try Sones de Mexico Ensemble out. Glad I did and now I am a fan. Just wish they would appear nearer to us here in Western New York.


Que Florezcza
I enjoy this set of music, especially Mariachi and Negritud. I've been lucky enough to see them perform and this album takes me back to the first time I saw them in Evanston. I like it enough that this is a replacement for the CD I lost.


Very nice, very traditional
I personally liked this even better than the newer album (I purchased both at the same time). It's great traditional Mexican music that draws on a variety of styles from throughout Mexico. So it's not just a mariachi album or any other single style. And, it's each variety is very true to it's origins. If you like Mexican folk music, this is a great choice!