The jarana is a stringed instrument that is used in the musical tradition of Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The instrument possesses 8 chords in 5 choruses, which allows it to be played in 5 different tones. It’s used in a musical genre called Son Jarocho, which is the reason it’s also called “Jarana Jarocha”. That allows it to be differentiated from the other jaranas, such as the Jarana Huasteca, also used in traditional Mexican music. The Jarana Jarocha was created during the colonial period, when the population tried to reproduce Baroque guitars. The instrument is made of a single piece of wood. It can vary in size, thus in tone, thereby enriching de sonorities of the ensemble: jarana tercera (80-100 cm), jarana segunda (70-80 cm), jarana primera (55-70 cm), mosquito (less than 50 cm) and the smallest, called chaquiste, (30-40 cm). The jarana forms the rhythmic and harmonic base of Son Jaroco.
In this course, students will learn to play the different rhythms of the Son Jarocho using, as a basis, the traditional repertoire. They will be invited to sing while playing, in order to understand the rhythmic interconnection between the melody of the voice and the harmonic accompaniment. In the end, thanks to the instructor’s know-how, they will be able to improvise melodies based on the variety of the Son Jarocho genre.
You don’t have a jarana yet? Do not panic. You can start the course with a simple guitar or a ukulele. Later on, the teacher will help you to find your own instrument.
Israel Alonso is a musician of Mexican origin who lives and works in Brussels. Active in various ensembles, he builds bridges between traditional South-American genres and contemporary musical influences he picks up in Brussels. He is also one of the initiators of the festivities around ‘Dia de Muertos in les Marolles’.
Israel is barely twenty when he first leaves his hometown of Mexico City to tour Europe. With the traditional Mexican music group “Tonalli Ambar” he visits Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands and Belgium. His suitcase contains string instruments (guitar, guitarrón, jarana, vihuela), wind instruments (saxophone, flute) and a marimba.
Besides playing and writing music, Israel also teaches traditional Mexican music, music theory and singing. He starts up several groups in Mexico: Onírisonante (2008), a company for street theatre and music, and SonÓsfera (2015), a jazz-fusion group that juggles with different traditional Mexican music genres and with which he tours Spain and France. Once settled in Brussels, he and French flute-player Sylvain Boisvert set up the quartet 4Cascabel (violin, guitar, saxophone and double bass), specializing in ‘Son Jarocho’.
Inscriptions open on August 8 2022!
Come and discover this course during the free session on Tuesday 20 September 2022, between 7pm and 8:30pm.
Collective course (10 courses/cycle)
Tuesday: 7pm – 8:30pm
Registration is required from the second course of the cycle.
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If necessary the teacher can vary the calendar in consultation with the course members.
€165,00 – €415,00