Talks Workshops, Concert - Fandango at 8EAST

Son Jarocho and

Community Fandango at 8EAST




Join us in a celebration of the movement of son jarocho! 

Online and at 8EAST

8 East Pender St. Vancouver

photo: Noah Jordan


This series presents workshops and talks directed towards providing the tools and knowledge to integrate in the fandango, and a final son jarocho performance followed by community fandango. Everyone is invited to join in!

Featuring workshops with Sirani Guevara (Veracruz, Mexico), Tania Márquez Aragón (Puebla, Mexico), a discussion of the book “Detrás del horizonte” with Patricio Hidalgo (Veracruz, Mexico, joining us at 8EAST through zoom) and son jarocho performance followed by community fandango with Tania Marquez Aragon, Noah Jordan, Kati Guerrero, Julián Guerrero Juk, Liz Gleason González and Polo Hernández.



All events at 8EAST are by Donation $20/10/xx/Free

Masks Recommended. Please register for the May 14 workshop.


May 14 2:00 - 3:30 pm • Online, FREE (register here)
Introduction to Son Jarocho Workshop

with Sirani Guevara


photo: Mario Alberto Hernández

This workshop aims to immerse participants in the rhythmic possibilities in son jarocho (including percussion, dance, jarana) that predominates in the sones of southern Veracruz as well as in other regions of Mexico. We will explore how rhythmic phrases can be combined to generate the polyphonic richness that is appreciated in this musical genre and how to identify the meaning of sones through the association of the beats of the measure with specific verbal phrases. Please register for this workshop.


May 20 2:00 - 3:30 pm • at 8EAST
Talk/presentation of the book “Detrás del horizonte”

A testimonial of Patricio Hidalgo joining through zoom

by Donation at the door $20/10/xx/Free


photo: Noah Jordan

This presentation will discuss the evolution of the fandango and the movement of son jarocho from the fandango to the concert, challenges in traditional music, and the experiences of jaranero, poet, and composer of son, Patricio Hidalgo Belli.


May 21 2:00 - 3:30 pm • at 8EAST
Introduction to Jarocho Rhythms Workshop

with Tania Márquez Aragón

by Donation at the door $20/10/xx/Free

photo: Noah Jordan

This workshop with Tania will continue our introduction to son jarocho and will focus upon rhythms and how to participate in the fandango. This workshop invites, musicians and non musicians, participants of all levels of ability and experience in son jarocho.


May 22 7:00 pm Son Jarocho Performance followed by Community Fandango
Bring your instruments!

by Donation at the door $20/10/xx/Free


Engraving from the book "Fandango Landscape" by Rosario Gonzalez Escribano

Everone is welcome to play and dance, to participate in the fandango in a respectful way.

Tania Marquez Aragon • jarana segunda, zapateado, voz
Noah Jordan • violin tuxteco, jarana mosquito, voz
Kati Guerrero • jarana seguna, voz
Julián Guerrero Juk • leona, jarana primera
Liz Gleason González • zapateado, jarana primera, voz
Polo Hernández • jarana segunda, voz


Guest Artist Biographies

Tania Márquez Aragón worked on research projects on Cognitive Linguistics and interculturality in language teaching. Her studies have been focused on literature, especially poetry. She has participated in various poetic anthologies and literary magazines. She is co-author of the book "Detrás del horizonte," testimony of Patricio Hidalgo, a book that addresses issues of son jarocho, traditional Mexican music. She has taken zapateado, jarana and poetry classes and workshops since 2015 with various dancers and son jarocho teachers. She has participated in musical and poetic presentations and collaborations in Mexico, Canada, The Gambia and Senegal. Currently, she collaborates in the interdisciplinary project "Borders / fronteras" that integrates music, poetry, photography and digital media.

Patricio Hidalgo Belli was born in Apixita, Veracruz in 1966. He became acquainted with Son Jarocho through his grandfather, Arcadio Hidalgo: jaranero known for his mastery of poetic improvisation. Patricio later began to play with his grandfather's group: Mono Blanco, which took Son Jarocho out of Veracruz and throughout Mexico and internationally, and began the contemporary form of workshops which began to create a large national and international community of son jarocho musicians. Patricio continued on his trajectory as a musician and composer of son jarocho, creating important new compositions such as La Caña and La Gallina with the group Chuchumbé. He is currently active with his group Afrojarocho, sharing his experiences through the book "Detrás del horizonte," and recently was awarded a Latin Grammy for his collaboration in the album Fandango at the Wall.

Kati Guerrero  Music has carried me through life. I was fortunate to have grown up listening to live music from all around the globe, but I have a special love for Son Jarocho, for it reminds me of my deep Mexican roots. My instrument of choice is the jarana. I have had the privilege of learning from talented and renowned musicians, including Tereso Vega, Leopoldo Novoa, Enrique Barona and Benito Cortez Padua, among others.

Liz Gleason González  I was introduced to the world of Fandango and Son Jarocho 15 years ago. I fell in love immediately with its beautiful music, lyrics, zapateado dancing and the magic of the Fandango. For many years I was part of the workshop “Tlahuison” directed by musician Enrique Barona. I have taken other workshops with wonderful teachers and musicians like Leopoldo Novoa, Omar Rojas, Omar Bueno, Andrés Flores, Joel Castellanos Cruz, Tereso Vega among others. Although I love playing the jarana and singing, my real passion is the Tarima. I have learned from spectacular zapateadoras like Rubí Oseguera, Teté Cornelio, Martha Vega, Lucero Farías, Cristi Estrada and Rosario Cornejo. Currently I am a Zapateadora dancer, but I also enjoy playing la jarana and singing.

Sirani Guevara González is a pillar of the son jarocho community, attending fandangos, cultural events related to son jarocho, and performing in concerts internationally and in the town she lives, Santiago Tuxtla, where there is one of the most vibrant and traditional communities of son jarocho and the fandango. Sirani was born in the capital of Veracruz and grew up in Santiago Tuxtla, where she began learning music and dance from the Los Tuxtlas region at the age of 8. She studied Arts in high school at INBA and then Hispanic Literature at UV. She has worked on various projects in active pedagogy, literature, ecological agriculture, and music for children. She also founded a cultural and culinary center called La Bruja in her hometown, where she organized and carried out the "Mesas de Diálogo" (dialogue tables) sessions about Traditional Music of the Veracruz Sotavento, an event that they later documented in a book. She has organized music festivals with an altruistic focus, such as Rezuma and Sueño, and has been a founding member of groups such as La Surada, Jarántula, and Flor de Limonaria. She has also recorded and participated in bands such as Mogo Mogo, Tarantella sin Fronteras, and El Balcón, organized four self-managed international tours, participated in 8 albums as a guest artist, and developed original didactics to introduce the public to son jarocho. Currently, she is a guide, student, interpreter, manager, and musician.

Polo Hernández  I am originally from Veracruz and am passionate about music.  Son jarocho has been a salvation for me and the jarana, a log in several shipwrecks that has always kept me afloat.

Noah Jordan studied Piano in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada (1993-2005), composition and jazz piano in Capilano University in Vancouver (2008-2010). Simultaneously, he studied mathematics, physics, and linguistics at Simon Fraser University (2007-2013). Afterwards, he focused his studies on composition, mathematical music theory, tuning, and piano restoration (2018-2020). He toured and recorded in USA and Canada with the group Redrick Sultan (2010-2016) and toured as a soloist with improvisation of microtonal piano in Mexico and the USA where he gave workshops (2016-2020). He has collaborated in interdisciplinary expositions in Israel, Iceland, France, and Italy, and in residences in Mexico and Iceland (2018-2019). Noah continues his studies in microtonality, creating new works for Just intonation piano with sound objects (in collaboration with Roxanne Nesbitt) and Just Intonation Requintos (constructed in December 2020, and another in early 2021), which are currently being released as instrumental tracks and in collaboration with the poetry of Tania Marquez Aragon for the project Borders / Fronteras. He released the book “Detrás del Horizonte” in late 2021 (bilingual in Spanish and English) in collaboration with Tania Marquez Aragon and Patricio Hidalgo about the evolution of the fandango and the life of maestro Patricio Hidalgo Belli. He has recently returned from being artist in residence in West Africa studying microtonality and oral traditions, and working on photo-video-poem-music works with his project Borders / Fronteras - he is now in the process of developing these works for presentations in 2023.

Julián Guerrero Juk  While you may likely find Julian involved in more electrified and amplified genres, son jarocho still holds an important place in his life. The Leona is his instrument of choice for the fandango, but he also enjoys playing the jarana.

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