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Andrés Flores Rosas, from Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, México, invites you to accompany him in a music concert of son jarocho: A SONEAR LA MADRUGADA (to sound the dawn). Among other more well-known sones, Andrés and his music ensemble will play for you those less known sones that lull those who stay at the fandango until the break of day.
Son jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz. It is a lyrical and danceable 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.
On a communal level, the son jarocho is used to celebrate various life occasions and often speaks of love (including courtship), happiness and the beauties of life as well as the hardships including sadness, 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.
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La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.