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DíaPaSon – Africa in Mexico: Son Jarocho // Cupertino

Hosted by Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education
Tuesday at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, California 95014


DíaPaSon – Africa in Mexico: Son Jarocho Music, Song and Dance

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Conference Rm B, De Anza College.




Son Jarocho Afro Mexican Music – The Third Root

Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from Veracruz, located on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and with historical, cultural and musical ties to its Caribbean neighbors. It is an improvised, lyrical, and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African, and indigenous Mexican. Although highly improvised, it is also highly structured—filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music. Through the concerted efforts of master son jarocho artists of Veracruz, the genre has reached international stage acclaim throughout the world.

Artists will give a lecture/performance on the roots and history of son jarocho with a generous smattering of live music demonstration throughout by three – four artists. Lecture will be bilingual English and Spanish. In the lecture, the audience will learn about the impact of the African slave trade on the history, language, musical instruments, rhythms and music concepts such as call and response that have been deeply embedded in Mexico, especially Veracruz. We will also point out recent (15-ish years) efforts to acknowledge and recognize the afro-Mexican identity.


Funded by DASB
Co Sponsored by Intercultural/International Studies and the Euphrat Museum of Art.

This event is ADA accessible.
For special accommodations please contact: Adriana Garcia
EquityOffice@fhda.edu or 408-864-5636


DíaPaSon (thee-ah pah sohn) translation= “Day for Son (Son Day)” and “Fretboard” DíaPaSon is an ensemble of musicians and dancerswho specialize in Mexican folk music and dance, particularly the son jarocho, in the interest of promoting and preserving the cultural treasures of Mexican folkloric traditions. Under the artistic direction of María de la Rosa, DíaPaSon artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have collectively and individually studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists of son jarocho. DíaPaSon often enjoys the privilege of having master artists from Mexico perform in its programs. Each experience of DíaPaSon is a polyrhythmic delight of lyric and melodic improvisation. Voices accompanied by primarily stringed and percussive handcrafted instruments of natural materials create a dynamic, rustic sound that tells ancient and modern tales of love, courtship, happiness and the beauties of life as well as injustice, loss, and death. Hundreds of years old, the son jarocho is a living, contemporary art form that continues to evolve with time and under the influences of trans-cultural exchange and inter-generational dialogue. Since 2010, DíaPaSon (at one time known as SonRisas) has appeared on prestigious stages throughout California and Mexico including: Oakland Museum of California, DeYoung Museum, Mexican Heritage Plaza, La Peña Cultural Center and others, including opening for Son de Madera at the 2nd annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival and for Caña Dulce y Caña Brava at the 6th annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival, both at the Brava Theater. In 2016, DíaPaSon joined the National Performance Network (NPN) touring roster after completion of works commissioned by the NPN Creation Fund and a two-week artist residency at La Peña Cultural Center subsidized by NPN. In 2017, the ensemble completed intensive workshops with legendary son jarocho master Patricio Hidalgo and opened the concert “Floreando Nuevas Fronteras”also featuring Patricio Hidalgo and Los Hermanos Vega in the culmination of an artistic residency project by María de la Rosa that was funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


February 11 2020


Date: February 11
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE
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