"Siempre En Mi"

One of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights.

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Vaneza Calderón began her musical journey at the age of 11 in her hometown of La Puente, California. Since joining the professional mariachi circuit at the age of 19, Vaneza has played in celebrated venues throughout the United States. She has participated in prestigious theatre performances as well as playing the mariachi bass, the guitarrón, in an eclectic mix of worldly genres. 

Vaneza has collaborated with various mariachis and bands in Los Angeles, including the women-led Mexican folk trio, “La Victoria,” the experimental punk rock band, “Aparato,” and the renowned LGBTQ+ centered Mariachi group, “Mariachi Arcoiris.” She is also involved in Guadalupe Custom Strings, a musician-run business that helps fellow musicians have the best strings possible, located in Boyle Heights.

“Siempre En Mi” is one of 10 songs commissioned for Sounds of California: Boyle Heights. Sounds of California: Boyle Heights is a project of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in collaboration with the Community Power Collective, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Radio Bilingüe and local residents to record, compose, present, and archive the local soundscape, focusing on themes of anti-displacement and belonging.

Rola del Día and the The Sounds of California: Boyle Heights project are supported by the California Arts Council and California Humanities.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
How has traditional music shaped your art practice?
"Traditional music has opened many doors for me. Playing the guitarron, leading collective songwriting workshops, theatre projects and more have provided me with amazing experiences in the arts."
What does this song mean to you?
"Through this song, I hope to share a sense of longing but hopeful love in the memories of the beautiful city of Boyle Heights...It was inspired by the 'oldies', the smooth, inviting rhythms of a ballad to show more of my love for this city, and not as much a commercial to sell her beauty."