portoluz is organizing a year-long series of concert programs, workshops, and community-based exchange activities centered on the Son Jarocho cultural tradition from southern Veracruz, Mexico.
Like other musical genres of Latin America, Son Jarocho is characterized by its Indigenous, Spanish-Arabic and African “roots,” that are credited with developing the style throughout the colonial period, over 350 years ago. In addition to furthering the quality and knowledge of jarocho music in Chicago, this exchange project encourages examination of the historical interaction among these cultural groups and its significance in furthering cultural dialogue and synergy today.
Chicago-based musicians and other cultural workers will travel to Veracruz for intensive workshops and immersion in the cultural life that has nurtured the genre over centuries. Renowned musicians from various communities in Veracruz will visit Chicago for presentations at accessible cultural venues including festivals, schools and community-based organizations.
Invited musicians from Mexico include members of the Vega and Utrera families who, in 2012, received one of Mexico’s highest honors, the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Arte – the National Prize in Sciences and the Arts for their collective work in preserving and disseminating the Son Jarocho tradition.
[pullquote]Like other musical genre of Latin America, son jarocho is characterized by its Indigenous, Spanish-Arabic and African roots, that are credited with developing the style throughout the colonial period. Son Jarocho is a traditional musical style of southern Veracruz, a state along the Gulf of Mexico. The term jarocho, originally was coined to refer to people of mixed African descent throughout the mestizaje of indigenous (primarily Huastecan), Spanish, and African populations. portoluz is working with community partners on a year long international cultural exchange- amplifying the understanding of son jarocho culture and deepening its practice amongst local musicians.[/pullquote]
In total, portoluz expects to bring members from six different families from Veracruz to Chicago – a total of 35 different presenting artists – over the course of 2013. Here is the summer schedule of concerts and activities, check it out for details on which concerts are free and which have a fee.
|2013 Son Jarocho Exchange Schedule of Activities|
|Date/Time||Kind of Event||Program||Artists/Presenters||Venue|
|Friday June 287pm -Free||Concert||Summerdance with Cambulache||Cambalache||SummerdanceHarrison and Michigan Avenue|
|Saturday June 292-3pm There is a charge for tickets includes concert and refreshments||Kick-off events Panel Discussion||Son Jarocho: the globalization of a cultural movement||Juan Dies (moderator), Laura Cambrón, Cesar Castro, Gina Gamboa, Joel Cruz Castellanos, Jorge F. Rodriguez, andRicardo Salazar.||National Museum of Mexican Art1852 W 19th St.|
|Saturday June 293-4pm (admission charge)||Concert||Concert with Cambalache||Cambalache||National Museum of Mexican Art1852 W 19th St,|
|Saturday June 297pm (admission charge)||Workshop||Zapateado and Requinto workshop with Cambalache||Cambalache||MAGI Cultural Art Center 2149 W. 21st|
|Saturday June 299pm Free||Fandango||Cambalache||MAGI Cultural Art Center 2149 W. 21st|
|July 2-610am -4pm
There is a charge for this course.
|Four- day intensive course in Son Jarocho instrument making||Camerino Utrera||Lakeside Studios15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside MI|
|SaturdayJuly 6, 8pm (admission charge)||Concert||Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Son Monarcas w. special guests||Sones de México Ensemble with Son Monarcas
Andres Flores and Camerino Utrera
|Martyr’s3855 N. Lincoln Ave.|
|Sunday July 7, 2pm||Concert||Sones de Mexico Ensemble w. special guests||Sones de México Ensemble with
Andres Flores and Camerino Utrera
|St. Bronislava8708 S. Colfax Ave|
|Sunday July 7, 7pm (admission charge)||Workshop||Andres Flores||MAGI Cultural Art Center 2149 W. 21st|
|August 31, 2pm||VersadasTalleres / Workshops||AfroJarocho Versadas Con Patricio Hidalgo||Patricio Hidalgo||Calles y Sueños|