Alexandro D. Hernández attained a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2014). Hernández focuses his research on the jaranera and jaranero movement in the United States, a group of activist-musicians that utilize the son jarocho to musically support efforts for immigrant rights, peace movements and intersectional community action.
His research on the son jarocho is featured on National Public Radio’s Alt.Latino
Hernández is a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral Smithsonian Institution Fellow and is published in the anthology Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism, The Journal of Pan-African Studies and Smithsonian Folkways. His courses provide a critical race, gender and ethnic analysis of global musics. Hernández is currently conducting research on Latinas/os in metal and intersectionality in Washington, DC’s hardcore punk.
In addition, Hernández is a co-founder of Mariachi Manchester–a mariachi tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths–and of artcore punk band ¡Aparato!. In 2017, ¡Aparato! performed at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and for the summer concerts at Grand Performances in Los Angeles. In addition, ¡Aparato! was selected for NPR’s “Top 100 Songs of 2016” and a featured musician on José-Luís Orozco’s Grammy-nominated album ¡Come bien! Eat Right! (Smithsonian Folkways 2015).