Trio Tlayoltiyane

Trio Tlayoltiyane

Trío Tlayoltiyane, which means “The Creators” in the Nahuatl language, is one of the most important trios of Son Huasteco from the coastal state of Veracruz. Son Huasteco, one of 8 traditional mexican song and musical styles, originates in parts of seven states in Mexico: Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro and Guanajuato. This region is known as “La Huasteca”:

Trío Tlayoltiyane is comprised of a guitar quinta huapanguera (a five course, eight stringed guitar-like instrument), a Jarana huasteca (a stringed instrument related to the jarana) violin, and singing often using the falsetto register. The wide repertoire includes original compositions and improvisations that play a strong role in the style, with musicians creating their own lyrics and arrangements to a repertoire of traditional huapangos, often improvising their lyrics in an spontaneous way, based on recent or present events.

With several recordings in Spanish and in Nahuatl North Huasteca, Trío Tlayoltiyane contributes to the ethnic literature in Mexico and the Huapango Huasteco.

This concert  marks their New York debut and 30th anniversary tour.


Antonio Hernández Meza (artistic director ,jarana huasteca, guitarra quinta
huapanguera, violín, voice, composer and luthier),

Jorge Alberto Hernández Hernández (jarana huasteca, guitarra quinta huapanguera, violín and voice)

Marco Antonio Hernández Hernández (jarana huasteca, guitarra quinta
huapanguera and voice).

This concert is made possible thanks to the support of Universidad Veracruzana, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA)

Event information

Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:00pm & 3:00pm

Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian
Phone:(212) 514-3700
1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004