“Since 2007, Jarana Beat has aimed to share the unknown sounds of Mexico, present a new interpretation that melds the traditional with the contemporary, roots, and how these bear fruit within a collective of artists in New York.”
Jarana Beat is a world music band that incorporates dance and activism. With the sounds of Afro-Amerindian Mexico, it offers a new interpretation that blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and draws from other cultures in the New York scene that share the same roots.
With contagious charm and good vibes, this award winning band is capable of getting any audience on its feet! Musical director Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza has mined the musical traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct style, resulting in the creation of this musical amalgam which debuted in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of NYU’s 2007 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro.
The percussive footwork of dancers dressed in traditional costumes, the rhythms of world music blending with the regional sounds of son jarocho from the Gulf Coast, son guerrerense from the Southern Pacific Coast, son huasteco from the Central & North-Eastern region, mexika from the Central, and norteña from the North, all converge into the point of departure for his musical creativity, opening an environment for expressing the unique music of the band members’ homelands.
Teaching and performing in venues such as Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Symphony Space, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More, and an official showcase at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Jarana Beat weaves a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico.
“Mexico-via-Brooklyn combo Jarana Beat weaves intricate rhythms and delicate plucks with rich, yearning vocals to gorgeous and surprisingly jolly effect. The 11-strong outfit includes dancers, who use their stomps and taps as percussion, and you’ll hear Native American, Gypsy and Afro-Mexican motifs in their music. Great stuff.” – Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York
Aside from performances, Jarana Beat is involved in additional projects, including educational programs and cultural outreach. For more information, Projects page.
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