Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino

cafeAlong with legendary jarana player Zenen Zeferino, New York City son jarocho pioneers Radio Jarocho are in the midst of a series of live performances presenting a new project, An Exploration of Son Jarocho's Past and Present. In this journey through the genre's baroque, West African, and indigenous Mexican roots, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino trace son jarocho from its rural ancestry to the global phenomenon that it is today.

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino will be next performing An Exploration of Son Jarocho's Past and Present on Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 pm at the Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan.

Based in New York, Radio Jarocho has been playing and promoting son jarocho on stages throughout the United States and Europe since 2007. Jarana player, and poet Zenen Zeferino, a living legend and one of the foremost representatives of son jarocho. Zeferino hails from a family of traditional singers, dancers, and poets and has dedicated his 25-plus year career to making the music of his forefathers known outside of Veracruz and Mexico.

Radio Jarocho and the Fandango

juliaSon Jarocho is a regional folk musical style of Mexican Son from Veracruz, a Mexican state along the Gulf of Mexico. It evolved over the last two and a half centuries along the coastal portions of southern Tamaulipas state and Veracruz state, hence the term jarocho, a colloquial term for people or things from the port city of Veracruz. A mix of Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and West African rhythms and instrumentation, son jarocho is usually played in a community celebration called fandango.

Son Jarocho is usually performed by an ensemble of musicians and instruments which collectively are termed a "conjunto jarocho". The instruments most commonly associated with Son Jarocho are the jarana jarocha, a small guitar-like instrument used to provide a harmonic base, with some double strings arranged in a variety of configurations; the requinto jarocho, another small guitar-like instrument plucked with a long pick traditionally made from cow-horn, usually tuned to a higher pitch and with a four or five thick nylon strings; the diatonic arpa jarocha; the leona (instrument), a type of acoustic bass guitar, and sometimes a minor complement of percussion instruments such as the pandero (especially in the style of Tlacotalpan), the quijada (an instrument made of a donkey or horse jawbone) or the güiro.

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino are currently playing concerts and fandangos in New York City and touring the East Coast to present original material and songs from the tradition. In addition to the April 6th concert, Radio Jarocho and Zenen Zeferino will be perfoming the following upcoming dates:

04/07/17 Swarthmore, PA Swarthmore College
04/21/17 Brooklyn, NY Barbès
05/21/17 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
05/21/17 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
06/10/17 Brooklyn, NY Guadalupe Inn
06/24/17 Elmhurst, Queens Terraza Café
06/29/17 Brooklyn, NY Barbès

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