Join us to explore the rich rhythms and melodies

of Son Jarocho, a vibrant musical tradition from

the state of Veracruz on Mexico’s eastern coast.

Learn to play the jarana jarocha, the donkey jaw

(yes, it’s real), and the songs and stories that

are part of this living tradition. You’ll be

surprised at how quickly you’re able to make

beautiful music as part of the group.

proyectoJAROCHO provides all the musical instruments.

All ages welcome

When: Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Where: Bell Arts Factory, (Studio 93)

432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA. 93001

Price: $6 per class. Multi-class punch cards available: 6

classes $30 ($6 discount)

No previous musical experience necessary

For more information: (805) 636-3803 (Spanish/English) or just show up.



proyectoJAROCHO is dedicated to sharing the vibrant music

and dance tradition known as son jarocho from the region of

Sotavento, on Mexico’s eastern coast. Son jarocho reflects

the synthesis of Mexico’s African, Spanish and indigenous

influences in a tradition that continues to thrive among

current generations. The ease of learning son jarocho makes

it an excellent introduction to music.

The essence of son jarocho is expressed in an event known

as a fandango, a festive encounter where musicians gather

around a tarima or wooden platform upon which dancers

take turns. The fandango model serves as a tool to teach

children and adults to play, sing and dance. It is an inclusive

space where all are welcomed to participate in an accepting

and energized environment.

proyectoJAROCHO explores the rich rhythms and melodies

of son jarocho using the jarana (an eight string guitar-like

instrument), the quijada de burro (donkey jaw), tarima

(wooden dance platform) and marimbol (large bass thumb

piano). Instruction includes an overview of the construction

of son jarocho stringed instruments carved from a single

block of wood. Led by experienced musician and instrument

maker in the son jarocho tradition, Jorge Mijangos.