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From left, Nelly Cortez (guitarron, vocals), Suemy Gonzalez (violin), and Stephanie Amaro (guitar) are Trio Ellas. (Ernesto Casillas)
From left, Nelly Cortez (guitarron, vocals), Suemy Gonzalez (violin), and Stephanie Amaro (guitar) are Trio Ellas. (Ernesto Casillas)

Los Angeles-based musical group Trio Ellas ("Three Shes" in Spanish) is mariachi music with a twist. The band consists of three women playing the violin, guitar and traditional guitarron. But there is no trumpet or sombreros, as in traditional male-dominated mariachi bands.

Trio Ellas has recorded with Lady Gaga and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. And though they have years of experience playing with mariachi groups, don't call them a mariachi band.

All three members of the group join Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.

Guests

  • Nelly Cortez, plays guitarron and vocals for Trio Ellas.
  • Stephanie Amaro, plays guitar for Trio Ellas.
  • Suemy Gonzalez, plays violin for Trio Ellas.

This segment aired on November 1, 2013.

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