Son Jarocho Classes at La Peña
10 Dates · Sep 18 – Dec 4th.
in the Community Room at
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA.
$20/class, drop-ins welcomed.
Son jarocho classes, September-December, 2019
FALL SESSION READY TO START!
September 18*, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23
November 6, 13, 20
Hola a Todos!
Son jarocho is a community music that reflects the cycle of life in its poetic lyrics^. Classes at La Peña focus instruction on jarana jarocha, singing (including poetry), and percussion (including zapateado dance), although all son jarocho instruments are welcomed. Emphasis is placed on learning basic rhythms that are the keys to the majority of the sones jarochos and working together in music to understand “how all the parts fit together”. Join us in this community building experience to build our resilience against the ever increasing stresses of our urban lifestyle.
Please bring your own instruments**, hard-soled shoes (for zapateado), skirt. A few instruments are available for in class use. Contact instructor Maria de la Rosa for more information.
If you’d like to pay for the entire session up front; pay a total of $150 (10 classes). Another option is to pay five classes at full price, your sixth class free, and the remaining classes at $15 each.
Speak to Maria de la Rosa about other options if you require further financial assistance. We do our best to be sensitive to financial needs and not turn anyone away for lack of funds.
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*GUEST MASTER ARTISTS
We have the great fortune of welcoming visiting master artists from Veracruz to guest teach our classes fairly often. During this session, we anticipate the visit of at least one or two guest artists!! In our regular class sessions, I remind students that we will see different styles of teaching and different styles of the son jarocho with each maestro that comes through. We keep our minds and learning process open and receptive for these wonderful opportunities.
Prices may vary to accommodate a guest artist visit. If you have paid any classes in advance, you will only pay the difference for those classes that a guest artist teaches.
**We have some information available to share with you if you are interested in purchasing your own instrument(s) or shoes.
^MORE ABOUT SON JAROCHO
Son jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern region of Veracruz, a state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. It is an improvised, lyrical, and dance-able music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican. It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured—filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music. Hundreds of years old, it continues to be practiced in the context of the fandango in communities throughout Veracruz as well as the world.
Gracias y saludos,