Jarana Workshops

Jarana Workshops

Lear to play Jarana

A jarana is a guitar, part of the Son Jarocho music, typically strung with 8-10 strings in 5 courses; the strings are made of nylon. The jarana comes in 5 sizes, the Chaquiste, the Mosquito, the Primera, the Segunda and the Tercera. Their sound is distinctive to any other instrument and typically plays around the steps of the dances that are part of Son Jarocho.

Son Jarocho is a music genre that originated in the colonial era and fuses Spanish, indigenous and African rhythms to create a musical poetry that is a central part of the musical heritage of the region. Son Jarocho is experiencing a resurgence of interest through the works of young musicians who experienced the history of the genre through their elders, and are now reinterpreting a modern historical continuation of the music.

Series of Workshops

Jarana with Sinuhé Padilla

Introduction to Jarana
Saturdays • 1pm • 11 Weeks • Adults
March 21 - June 27, 2015

No previous musical experience is needed. If you do not have a jarana, it will be provided for the workshop.
Participants MUST attend the entire 11 weekly series.

This introductory series of workshops is free  •  Donations are welcome.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
550 W. 155th Street. New York, NY 10032

More information and to register:
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Pre-registration Closed

Thank you for your interest in our programs. We reached the limit of pre-registration for this series of workshops.


Thank you to our Supporters

               NYSCA          DCA                   

This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Mano a Mano extends special thanks to our City Council Member Mark Levine for his support.


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