Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles & Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuèllar
Mariachi Ensemble and Folk Dance
Friday, April 29 2022 - 7:30 pm
High Point Theatre
*Concert date is subject to change.
Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles (BFLA) was founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya. Though young, the dance company has already distinguished itself as the nation's premier Mexican folk dance company. They have performed in world-class venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Anaheim Convention Center, Orpheum Theater, Nokia Theater, Greek Theater, John Anson Ford Amphitheater, Santa Barbara Bowl, Valley Performing Arts Center and the Staples Center, among others. The dance company has worked with Grammy-Award-Winning artists such as Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Divas, and Mariachi Los Camperos. BFLA has also been accompanied by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, world-famous Mariachi Vargas, and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar. Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles has shared the stage with bands celebrities such as Ana Barbara, Morrissey, Ruben (Cafe Tacuba), Las Cafeteras, Beatriz Adriana, Paquita la del Barrio, Empress Of, and Armenian pop star Lilit Hovhannisyan. This amazing dance troop was the first folklórico company in the country to accompany a Symphony; the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and the Marina del Rey Symphony orchestra, both conducted by Frank Fetta. In 2016, BFLA was featured on the cover of National Geographic Traveller UK.
2017 was a year full of surprises. BFLA collaborated with Mitu Network on a Mariachi Remake of Beauty and the Beast's "A Tale as Old as Time," featuring Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar and BFLA's Director, Kareli Montoya. The video went viral on Facebook at 15 million views (and counting)!
They recently had the opportunity to work with Disney Studios on a magical performance in celebration of Pixar's new movie, "Coco," at the D23 Expo where they performed on stage with Benjamin Bratt, Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas and the Grammy®-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. They also performed at the Coco Premiere at El Capitan Theatre and on Dancing With the Stars, "Disney Night." BFLA started 2018 with a BANG, performing Coco's Academy Award-winning song, "Remember Me," on the 90th Annual Academy Awards alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal and Miguel.
Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has captivated and delighted audiences at both intimate venues and major theaters throughout the United States, including the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Bakersfield Fox Theatre, and the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, the ensemble of 8-12 mariachi musicians is now led by his son, Jimmy K. Cuéllar, a three-time Grammy award winner.
Frequently collaborating with other artists such as Pedro Fernandez, Ana Barbara and Angela Aguilar, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar was selected for a 2017 production by the “mitú” network in which they teamed with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles to recreate “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The video of the performance received over 15 million views. Most recently, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar were featured artists in Center Stage Opera’s 2019 production of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro. Avid proponents of music education, the group teaches mariachi for all ages at their own Academy for Performing Arts
Venue: The Soraya in Northridge, CA
Musical Arrangement by Jimmy Cuèllar
Choreography by Kareli Montoya