Published: April 15, 2016
By: Logan Clark

Photo by Ivar Pel. Back row, Left to right: Elisa Quiñonez, Chuy Guzmán (trumpet), Gabriela Gaxiola (trumpet), Julio Rodriguez, Jerry Ascencio Jr. (Guitarrón), Christian Ortiz (vihuela), Logan Clark (guitar – not in frame); Front row,
Left to right: Teresa Ruvalcaba, Fabian Narez, Stefanie Espinoza, 2016.

UCLA’s official student mariachi was featured at Utrecht University’s UUnited MuziekFestival, celebrating the University’s 380th anniversary. On March 31, 2016, Mariachi de Uclatlán performed as part of a festival featuring several other groups at Utrecht’s premier performance venue, TivoliVredenburg. The majority of performances during the evening featured Utrecht University’s ensembles—ranging from chamber groups to orchestras, choirs to jazz trios. Uclatlán was one of two international acts invited to the festival—the other being a barbershop octet from the University of Cambridge ( The mariachi played two sets—at 9:45 pm and 11:00 pm—to a large and enthusiastic audience, who danced along to international favorites such as “Bésame Mucho” and “Cielito Lindo,” as well as some traditional repertoire that is less known outside of Latin America. The group was led by Jesús (Chuy) Guzmán, grammy-award-winning music director for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, as well as student leaders Logan Clark and Christian Ortiz, both students in the Department of Ethnomusicology. They were co-sponsored by the Universiteit Utrecht music department, with the help of Clara Van Meyel, by the Herb Alpert Student Opportunity Fund, and by UCLA’s Latino Museum of History, Art, and Culture, with the help of Steven Loza and Martha Rider.



Mariachi de Uclatlán at Utrecht University, Netherlands, 2016.