Jarana Beat is a New York-based world music band, which since 2007 has aimed to share with a wider audience the unknown sounds of Mexico. They present a new interpretation of music that blends the traditional with the contemporary, and how these bear fruit within a collective of artists in NY. The music is conscious, all original and deeply rooted; a combination of where Mexico’s Afro-Amerindian music came from and where it stands today. Having formed in Argentina as part of NYU’s 2007 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro, the band features a wide variety of traditional instruments, such as jaranas, leona, ayoyote shells and donkey jawbones. In addition, they feature two dancers, traditionally dressed, that interweave percussive footwork into the rhythms, creating dynamic performances in which, we promise, the public canNOT resist dancing.
Jarana Beat was featured on NPR’s Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, in which reporter Willis Ryder Arnold graciously mentioned that: “The audience dances like they can'’t control themselves shuffling and rocking back and forth with grins plastered across their faces; Jarana Beat's music cuts across all age groups.” and, “Listening to Jarana Beat you feel like part of the community, no matter what your background.”
Summer of 2013 also brought a successful tour of Jarana Beat in Mexico with a scaled-down version of the band in Veracruz (San Andres and Xalapa), Queretaro and Toluca. Teaching and performing in venues such as Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, Symphony Space, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More, and an official showcase at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Jarana Beat has also
performed with artists such as Dan Zanes, Mono Blanco, Los Vega and Lila Downs, weaving a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico. The rhythms of world music blending with the regional sounds of son jarocho from the Gulf Coast, son guerrerense from the Southern Pacific Coast, son huasteco from the Central & North-Eastern region, mexika from the Central, and norteña from the North, all converge into the point of departure for his musical creativity, opening an environment for expressing this unique musical amalgam.
The band released the album “¡Echapalante!” in 2011 and is currently working on their new production, scheduled to be released in summer 2014. Aside from performances, Jarana Beat is involved in additional projects, including educationaL programs and cultural outreach. Teaching and performing in venues such as Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, Symphony Space, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More, and an invite for an official showcase at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Jarana Beat weaves a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico.
“Mexico via-Brooklyn combo Jarana Beat weaves intricate rhythms and delicate plucks with rich, yearning vocals to gorgeous and surprisingly jolly effect. The strong outfit includes dancers, who use their stomps and taps as percussion, and you’ll hear Native American, Gypsy and Afro-Mexican motifs in their music. Great stuff.” – Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York, 2012
With contagious charm and good vibes, this band is capable of getting any audience on its feet! Musical director Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza has mined the musical traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct style with roots, resulting in the creation of this musical soundscape.
Currently the band is recording and producing their newest work called “Vibración por Simpatía“, out later this year.