The Mariachi Ghost

The Mariachi Ghost

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN

Combining traditional Mexican song, the powerful sounds of progressive rock, and a flair for the dramatic, The Mariachi Ghost creates a spectacle as unique as it is compelling. Through driving rhythms and soaring melodies, brooding synths and dreamy vocal breaks, the world of their namesake's tenuous existence is explored.


From driving rhythms and soaring melodies, to brooding synths and dreamy vocal breaks, The Mariachi Ghost fuses traditional Mexican song, progressive rock, and a flair for the dramatic, to ignite the world of their namesake's tenuous existence.

The band was formed in 2009, based on a graphic novel that lead-singer Jorge Requena was writing at the time. In it the principal character struggles to find purpose in a life that has been torn apart by violence and hardship. He eventually turns his anguish outwards, believing to have been ordained by a higher power to punish those that prey on the weak.

Their writing explores the mythos of this justice-seeking Charro. Seven musicians interweave diverse genres and rhythms to create a soundscape that is dramatic, haunting, and explosive. They're joined on stage by dancer and band-mate Alexandra Garrido, who acts as a conduit of the music, expertly assuming its auras of sorrow, reflection, and rage. The result is a rich mixture somewhere between Pink Floyd and a traditional serenata, infused with contemporary dance; a ballet for the dead.

The band released their debut album in November 2013, which has reached radio stations in France, the Netherlands, Australia, and Mexico, while also making its way through the college charts in Canada. Most recently, The Mariachi Ghost won the award for "Best World Music Album" at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The band is currently in the process of writing their second album inspired by the seminal work of Mexican literature "Pedro Páramo" by Juan Rulfo. The book looks at the cultural maladies of a small turn-of-the-century Mexican town. Pedro Pรกramo turns the town into a ghost town where every archetypical character must remain forever in the cycle of their "sin" and become the sin itself. The band is exploring more traditional Mexican styles and pushing the boundaries of their skills to create a new sound, a new visual style and a new form of stagecraft that conveys the intricacies of Pedro Páramo.


  • 2011 - Machete EP
  • 2013 - The Mariachi Ghost
  • 2015 - Pedro Páramo Demos
  • 2016 - Susana (Páramo Sessions)