Son Jarocho Made in East L.A.
Cesar Castro. Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, Juan Perez
Saturday / June 3, 2017 / 7 pm
Cultures develop in a cyclical fashion, evolving with elements of the past and creating new ones. This may be an apt process to describe the genesis of Cambalache.
Created specially for the Aratani World Series, Cambalache invites their musical soul mates to trace the roots of Son Jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico to the streets of East LA. Artist Maestro Cesar Castro has given Cambalache their rank as a top Son Jarocho group outside of Mexico. With the help of international guest artists Cambalache will reveal personal histories and a joyous song list that contains inspirations from Son Jarocho tradicional & urbano, chicano oldies, hip-hop, bolero and son montuno.
Cambalache which means “exchange” is Chicano-Son Jarocho music – a mix of indigenous baroque Spanish instruments, Afro Caribbean beats, Mexican and Arabic sounds that draws the audience in to participate in the raucous spirit of the fandango. It’s accompanied by fandango dancing on the tarima, a small wooden resonant platform devised by slaves to tap out infectious rhythms that provide the music’s percussion and contained a subversively explosive edge.