Arturo OʼFarrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guests Villalobos Brothers.
In a project inspired by a fandango festival held annually [see info below] at the mesh fence bordering Tijuana, Mexico, O’Farrill brings 30 musicians from the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to the Bing.
Proud of being an American, O’Farrill said in a 2019 NPR interview that the concert is equal to “elegant activism.” By celebrating the reconciliatory bridge built through music, “jamming across the mesh” at a fandango becomes possible for audiences worldwide.
Wed, October 13, 2021 at 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA.
Tickets start at $32. Buy tickets here!
This concert pays homeage to a film.
From executive producers Quincy Jones and Carlos Santana, “Fandango at the Wall” is inspired by the annual music festival called “Fandango Fronterizo” which unites people in son jarocho song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana–San Diego border.
In conjunction with the Afro Latin Jazz Foundation, the acclaimed new HBO documentary Fandango at the Wall, follows multi Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill and 50 other musicians as they prepare to record a live album at the US–Mexico border.
From executive producers Quincy Jones, Andrew Young and Carlos Santana, Fandango at the Wall is inspired by the annual music festival called “Fandango Fronterizo” which unites people in son jarocho song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana–San Diego border.
Before the recording, Fandango Fronterizo organizer Jorge Francisco Castillo took O’Farrill on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico, where son jarocho, the 300-hundred-year-old folk music combining indigenous, Spanish and African traditions originated.
As they travel to the remotest regions of the Veracruz coast, they meet legendary son jarocho musicians and artisans and recruit them for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate at the annual border celebration, promoting peace, and celebrating unity.
The film introduces the beautiful music of the region through intimate storytelling and captivating concert footage and serves as a powerful reminder of music’s ability to bridge cultural barriers.
The film stars son jarocho legends Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez, Wendy Cao Romero, Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, Andrés Vega, Martha Vega. It includes special appearances by MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; CNN Historian Douglas Brinkley; The Villalobos Brothers; Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi.