Musicians Profile

Mariachi Los Románticos

The Salvadorian directors of Mariachi Los Románticos left El Salvador in 1987 , searching for a better life. On arrival to our shores, brothers Willíam and Julio with their father José, began to recreate their musical identity and play the Mariachi music of their homeland. Their songs embody the essence of México, telling stories of yesterday, today and tomorrow

 

Mariachi Los Románticos play Mexican folk and pop music with a line up of Spanish vocals, guitar, Mexican bass, trumpet, violin and stunningly embroidered traditional uniforms. Los Romanticos have performed at many festivals and corporate events such as

 
  • 2014- Melbourne Museum – Aztec Exhibition

  • 2014- Tasmania Museum (wedding for the director of the museum)

  • 2014- Ventana Fiesta Festival (Frankston)

  • 2013- September Chilean Festival

  • 2013- TV Commercial film for Australia Day

  • 2013- Mexican independence day at Federation Square

  • 2013- Radio MIX 101.1FM – featuring Mexican commercial

  • 2013- ABC filming featuring in Working dog TV show

  • 2012- Moomba Parade

  • 2012- Victorian Art Centre featuring in Spiegel tent

  • 2011- Performed for the Tim Burton Exhibition at Federation Square

  • 2011- short film for Channel 10 Network commercial featuring Neighbours

  • 2010- Musical performance on SBS TV for the World Cup

  • 2009- Canberra National Folk festival

  • 2008- The Queenscliff Music Festival,

  • 2008- Pako Festival

  • 2007- Port Fairy Folk Festival

  • Featuring on the premiere screening of Coxy's Big Break on Channel 7 (filmed at Port Fairy),

  • Channel 7's Postcards. Los Romanticos have also appeared on channel 7's ‘Last Man Standing’. Los Románticos was also a feature of every T.V. station's [7,9,10 and the ABC's] 2004 Australia Day Celebrations' presentation.

  • Pperformed interstate at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) World Music Café, as part of the Brisbane Ethnic Music and Culture program

  • Regularly in Brisbane and Perth for the local Central American communities.

About Los Romanticos

Bonnie Brown

Bonnie holds a degree from the Melbourne University, where she studied a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory specializing in performance studies on the Violin. Bonnie has had the chance to perform with many groups over the years.
In 2010 she joined the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and got the chance to study many of the great standard orchestral symphonies.
While at university she played regularly with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, their Chamber Orchestra and the String Ensemble. She also played in many small chamber groups such as, string quartets and piano trios.
Bonnie has also played with the Youth Melbourne Philharmonic and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Strings of Melbourne and various musicals such as Sweeny Todd and West Side Story. Last year she was able to tour china with the Goldenburg Orchestra to performing new Australian works.
Currently a regular player in the Hopkins Symphonia and this year a member of the Nouveau Orchestra.
Bonnie has also been a part of many events in Melbourne such as the Good-Night Hamer Hall concert, Carols by Candle light at the Myer Music Bowl and the ‘Conductors program’ by MYM. She has also had the pleasure for recording with many bands and groups. Most notably I recorded with singer Silvie Paladin. As well, Bonnie has had the pleasure of playing at many great venues across Melbourne, including, The Melbourne Town Hall, Hamer Hall, The Recital center, the Palladium Ballroom for the Premier’s dinner and Rod Lava Arena with Michael Buble.
Bonnie is now a freelance musician and teacher, and is a regular player with Los Romanticos.  

Ernesto Mejia

Ernesto’s musical influence began from when he grew beside his father and mother. His father at the time played the harmonica and invited him to sing beside him. His mother was an Opera soprano vocalist and would invite Ernesto to come to view many of her presentations in ‘El teatro National de El Salvador’ (The National Theatre of El Salvador).
Professional Singer, Guitarist and percussionist from El Salvador. Ernesto began to explore his musical abilities at the age of 10 by attending the ‘Conservatorio National de Musica’ (National Conservatory of Music) to study vocals and was also involved in a choir setting.
At the age of 16 he learned to play the guitar and when he was 24 he joined a band called ‘Grupo Fuego’ playing music from the 60’s and 70’s as a main vocalist. Performances with this band occurred in well-known exclusive bar restaurant places in El Salvador such as Super Frias (located in Paseo General Escalon) and El Alazan (located in Colonia Miramonte).
At the age of 16 he learned to play the guitar and when he was 24 he joined a band called ‘Grupo Fuego’ playing music from the 60’s and 70’s as a main vocalist. Performances with this band occurred in well-known exclusive bar restaurant places in El Salvador such as Super Frias (located in Paseo General Escalon) and El Alazan (located in Colonia Miramonte).
Ernesto migrated to Australia in 1991, within that year he joined a Latin American band called ‘Grupo Amigos’ performing cumbia and merengue rhythms as a main vocalist. Then from 1994 he joined another Latin American Band called ‘Tropical Dreams’ performing main vocals to rhythms of salsa, cumbia and merengue.
Also continuing main vocals in 1997 with a new band called ‘Cacique’, Ernesto performed rhythms of salsa, cumbia, merengue and cha-cha-cha at exclusive venues such as Babalu bar restaurant at Sofitel Hotel on Collins street Melbourne for 5 years.
Currently Ernesto is a main vocalist and guitar player with his band called ‘Voces Torogoz’ playing traditional Latin American rhythms such as boleros, ballads, rancheras, rumba flamenco and cumbia. Ernesto also loves to sing and perform with ‘Los Romanticos’ which are the only well-known mariachi band in Melbourne playing Mariachi Mexican rhythms.

Esmeralda Araiza

Mexican interpreter who over 20 years has dabbled in various genres, from classic opera to Mexican folk, bolero, and Latin music. She’s a versatile singer who performs as a soloist, in choirs and in bands. She has sung in musicals such as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Children of Eden". Internationally Esmeralda has performed in many venues in her natal Mexico and brought the Latin pride to various stages of Canada and the United States, including the White House in Washington DC. In Australia, she has performed at very important multicultural events. Whether singing at packed venues such as Melbourne’s Federation Square or selected private functions, as soloist or featuring with talented musicians, Esmeralda’s charisma captives audiences and invites them to experience the joy of Mexican music.

Henry Saabrara

My family immigrated to Australia from Bolivia in the early 70's, I was raised in Sydney. I began performing at age 14 and joined Los Quechuas, a band recognised as the foremost exponents of Bolivian Andean folk music at the time in Australia.
At 18, I moved to Bolivia for the purposes of furthering my musical training and experience. It was at this time that I reinforced my formative experience and honed my skills by immersing myself in the music scene immediately.
1987- we toured Canada for one month with Grupo Surcos.
1988- I was back in Australia and formed the band Ukamau and we toured Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne as the support for Bolivian band Rumillajta, and other international bands.
1989. In addition I lead the band at its performance at the Shell International Folk Festival held at the Opera House.
In 1990 I moved to Melbourne and founded the band Bolivia Marka. We recorded our first CD, Poesia Andina,
Andean band based in Melbourne) as the musical director on their popular recording Colours of Tunari.
In 1991 Bolivia Marka was engaged to tour Japan for two months.
I was involved with some important recording “ Andean jazz album entitled Coffee Lands,” jazz flautist Dave Valentin”, and Orquesta de la Luz.
During my ten years in Japan I was involved in numerous recordings, tours of Asia, i conducted ongoing workshops.

Josh Rogan

Josh Rogan playing music at the age of 5 in local brass bands. He then changed to trumpet when he was 12, and he began studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. After studying music at the University of Melbourne for 3 years, and then completing a further 2 years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music, Josh is now a freelance musician, playing for various ensembles around Melbourne.
Josh is best known for his classical playing, having performed with the Tasmanian Museum, Melbourne, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
And also performing with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. He has also been invited to perform as guest soloist with a number of ensembles, such as Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and Stonnington Symphony Orchestra. Apart from playing in orchestras, Josh has also performed with the Ross Irwin International All Star Big Band, Boroondara Brass Band, and recorded soundtracks with Score Design Pty Ltd, as well as performing with Mariachi Los Romanticos too of course. Constantly in demand, Josh is continuing to pursue an international career on the trumpet, and looks forward to seeing where his music takes him.

Julio Martinez

Julio is one of the Directors of Mariachi Los Romanticos mexican bass (Guitarron) player which is the heart of the mariachi band. Currently living in Prahan originally from el salvador but have been living in melbourne since 1987. Completed a foundation in music studies to develop understanding and enhance skill in the music industry . Completed a music diploma at Victoria university. Continuing music studies with private tutoring with Jonathan Zion Composer Bass player. And attended Music classes with Maestro Joe Paparone Guitarist Music Arranger.

Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa

International trumpet player with performance experience in Cuba, Singapore and Australia
Teaching experience with primary and secondary students, including private tuition and conducting ensembles
Proficient in music composition and arrangement
High level of skills in Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone, Piano and Percussion instruments
Highly organised and able to teach all styles of music
Studying trumpet from the age of 7, Lazaro has developed an extensive range of trumpet playing skills as well as a deep passion for the instrument. He has also studied piano alongside the trumpet and has achieved a high level in this instrument.
Lazaro has over 8 years’ experience performing in national orchestras, latin and jazz bands in multiple countries giving him strong performance experience and the ability to adapt to various ensemble styles and sizes.
Alongside his professional playing experience, Lazaro teaches the trumpet and is committed to sharing and passing on his skills with the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Lazaro is skilled in music composition and arrangement, complimenting his teaching and conducting abilities.
Education - Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, Havana Cuba
Degree of Instrumentalist – Professor of Trumpet and Ensemble or Pop Group Practice
Key Achievements:
- Achieved perfect scores in final year for trumpet performance and final examination.
- Completed full Arban, Herbert L. Clarke and Charles Colin methods.
- Selected to play in the Amadeo Roldan Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing at ballet festivals and operas.
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Matt Westwood

Matt Westwood is a Melbourne based violinist, pianist and composer. At age 16 he earned his Associated Diploma in violin from the AMEB, and upon completing Year 12, was accepted into The University of Melbourne where he studied Violin and Composition, graduating with Honours in 2014.
Matt Westwood has played everything from baroque violin, to punk-rock electric violin, and now plays Mariachi regularly with Los Romanticos.

Sophie Dunn

Sophie Dunn studied classical violin at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School with Miwako Abe and Jane Hazelwood, before beginning work as a freelance violinist over ten years ago. Since then Sophie has worked in a diverse range of styles including improvisation, contemporary classical and folk music, performing with artists such as DJ Suspect, two4k, Kate Vigo and the Melbourne Underground Orchestra, Yana Alana, Ronny Ferella, Wes Snelling and Andy Baylor’s Banksias Band.
Sophie has worked on several collaborative projects combining music with theatre, circus and film, performing with Westside Circus, VCA Animateurs, A is for Atlas, the Oculus String Quartet, whose project Subsonic combined original compositions played live to footage taken in Antarctica, and her own ensemble Silent Box (Falls Festival 2005-2010). Sophie has also recorded with several Melbourne artists including hip-hop band TZU (Position Correction 2004), Ned Collette (Future Suture 2007) and Andy Baylor (Possum Stole a Pumpkin 2009).
Sophie has performed with several classical ensembles including the contemporary classical Arcko Symphonic Project, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra conducted by Luke Dollman and Fabian Russell, including their recent performance at the Musuem of Old and New Art in Tasmania, and the Melbourne Star Chorale Orchestra directed by Jane Elton Brown. Sophie performs regularly with Melbourne mariachi band Los Romanticos and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, including their 2013-14 tour of the People’s Republic of China. Other recent performances include the Blue Grassy Knoll with the Australian Silent Filmscore Orchestra’s performance of Buster Keaton’s film The General at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tim Wilson

Timothy enjoys a healthy commercial performance career in Melbourne while studying his Master of Music at the University of Melbourne. As well as regularly performing in Melbourne’s most renowned concert venues, nightclubs, music theatres church halls, bars and sport stadiums, Timothy has performed live on ABC Classic FM, 3AW, SEN, Mix 101.1, Channels 7, 9, 10, 31, ABC and SBS. Timothy travels often, having performed in Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Lauceston and Hobart, as well as San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles in the US, Calgary in Canada, and Manchester and Lancaster in the UK.
Timothy’s compositions have been recorded and broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and he has been commissioned to compose and perform works for the Victorian Premier, Chief Commissioner of Police, Lord Mayor, and recently the 2013 Australian Open Women’s Final.
Timothy frequently serves through his music ministry, both as a solo artist, and as a member of worship teams in Baptist churches all over Melbourne. Timothy regularly performs at the Belgrave Heights Convention, and has just recorded his first worship album with City On A Hill. In his spare time, Timothy is a passionate fan of Musical Theatre, film scores, and the Essendon Football Club, and played Back Pocket in the Reclink Premiership winning team of 2013.

William Martinez

William, Brother Julio and their father Jose Martinez left El Salvador in 1987, searching for a better life. On arrival to Australia shores.
At the age of 15 William began singing and playing guitar at Melbourne Spanish Catholic Church.
Brothers Julio and William with their father José began to recreate their musical identity and play the Mariachi music of their homeland. Their songs embody the essence of México, telling stories of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
During this musical journal William has received private music lesson particular with Maestro Joe Paparone (music arranger).
His dedication to mariachi music has been his passion and successfully manages the Mariachi band.

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