Aside from performances, Jarana Beat also offers provides profoundly researched, interactive educational programs that showcase the endless cultural traditions and expressions of Mexico. These include School Assemblies, Lecture Demonstrations, Residencies and Workshops. Each program has tailored versions suitable for grades K-12, as well as college/university audiences. Custom programs can also be developed upon request.
Jarana Beat has also led four successful clinics at Berklee College of Music, exposing students to Afro-Amerindian elements of Mexican music for the first time, and has worked for the past four years with other recognized artists such as Los Pleneros de la 21 for México Negro y el Caribe, and institutions like Museo del Barrio, Queens Theatre in the Park and Amphibian Stage Productions.
Continuing with its efforts to broaden and preserve traditions, the band played a major role in organizing the city’s first major musical celebration of the Día de la Candelaria this past February 2nd, bringing together over 20 local musicians to perform and share the most important holiday in Son Jarocho, the biggest celebration taking place in the colonial river port of Tlacotalpan Veracruz.
In 2011 Jarana Beat collaborated on New York’s first Encuentro de Soneros with members of legendary Son Jarocho groups, Los Cojolites and Los Utrera. A successful series of workshops and performances culminated in a night which gathered son jarocho groups from the whole northeast, and the fandango was one like New York had never seen before. All this while recording the production for a new collaborative project called “Sonando Sur”.
Celebrating the rich cultural traditions and heritage of Mexican ancestry and the connections shared between our diverse Latino communities through original songs, interactive performances that explore the broad connections of the Caribbean from Mexico to Puerto Rico. Join us as we unite BAMBA, BOMBA, zapateado and piquetes through special interactive and dynamic performance, with Jarana Beat and Los Pleneros de la 21.