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February 10, 2013
Direct from Mexico City, Casa Sin Dueño will perform Son Jarocho, a robust and vibrant music traditional to Veracruz, Mexico, at Crossings.
Casa Sin Dueño is comprised of Israel Vega, Cadence Nelson and friends. Born from African, Arabic, Spanish, and indigenous roots, Son Jarocho is recognizable by its driving 6/8 rhythm, call-and-response format of (often picaresque) verses, and unique instrumentation (think jawbones of horses or donkeys). While the most widely recognized Son Jarocho song in the United States is "La Bamba," as sung by Ritchie Valens, the style is enjoying a resurgence in this country and its instruments are finding their way into rock music.
Some instruments commonly used to play Son Jarocho music include small guitar-like instruments such as the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho (the latter plucked with a cow horn pick). Also important is a harp, a type of acoustic bass guitar, and sometimes percussion instruments including the quijada, made of a donkey or horse jawbone.
While improvised verses called décimas typically are humorous and sometimes offensive, lyrics often speak of such human values as family, tolerance, and respect for the natural world. The word "Son" literally means 'sound' in Spanish; Son Jarocho's cultural influences reflect the diverse population that evolved in Veracruz from Spanish colonial times.
Israel will be offering an 8 week course in the performance and art of son jarocho. Participants will learn to play traditional hand-built instruments (requinto and jarana) and sing well-worn verses of as many songs as we can get through, as well as gain an understanding of the history and culture behind the music. Check out complete details!