Son Jarocho
3:00 PM15:00

Son Jarocho

 NYC based Radio Jarocho and local Mexilachian ensemble Lua team up to present a performance and workshop of Son Jarocho music and culture on Saturday, December 10 at McGuffey Art Center

Schedule: 3pm Zapateado Workshop (bring hard bottomed dancing shoes), 4pm Son strumming and Rhythm workshop (bring a stringed instrument) and percussion.

7pm ~ Son Jaroch Culture and Music Presentation (studio 11, use the Market Street Side Door to enter the building).

Luminaria Cville and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities are sponsoring two workshops and a performance presentation of Son Jarocho music, a traditional folk music from Veracruz that blends elements of African rhythms, Spanish poetry and melodies, and native Mexican culture. 

The performance will feature master sonero Zenen Zeferino, from Jaltipan, Veracruz and the zapateado dancer Julia del Palacio, from Mexico City, both of the NYC based ensemble Radio Jarocho, performing together with Estela Knott and David Berzonsky, both of the Charlottesville based Mexilachian group, Lua.  There will be a zapateado (rhythmic foot dance) workshop at 3 pm, followed by a son jarocho rhythm and song technique workshop at 4 pm. Bring your guitars, mandolins, or ukuleles! At 7 pm, there will be a performance presentation of traditional and original son jarocho music. 

These two groups were brought together this September during the 4th annual Cville Sabroso festival, Charlottesville’s festival of Latin American music and dance, and are engaging in a number of workshops and performance presentations in local schools during the first week of December, a residency sponsored and funded by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The events on Saturday December 10 are the final events that culminate the residency.

Son Jarocho is the traditional music of the countryside of the state of Veracruz, in southern Mexico. It is a music based around a community celebration, the fandango, and is a very inclusive community centered style, very similar in context to the old time fiddle music of our region.  Son jarocho music features a family of instruments, the jarana, requinto and leona, which are the descendants of 18th century baroque Spanish guitar instruments.  The percussion is provided by rhythmic dancing, zapateado, reminiscent of the clogging styles of the Appalachian mountains, but featuring African rhythms, and the singing is an energetic call and response style, based on specific poetic forms, the duplo and the decima, in which completing singers improvise verses. 

Zenen Zeferino, from Jaltipan, Veracruz and Julia del Palacio, from Mexico City are masters of this style of music and perform regularly in New York City with their group, Radio Jarocho.  Estela Knott and David Berzonsky are the directors of Luminaria Cville, a cultural arts project housed at McGuffey Art Center, and are founders of the band Lua, which plays Mexilachian music, an energetic and evocative mix of Mexican and Appalachian roots music.  You can see them regularly on Thursday night at the Bebedero at dinner time. These events are free and open to the public.

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Date: December 10th, 3-9 pm

Where: McGuffey Art Center, Studio 11

Photo caption:  Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio performing son jarocho

This program was supported by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).  

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Capoeira Roda w/ Prof. Macaco

Free and open to the public

4:30 Movement Worshop for Kids
Parents encouraged to participate
5:00 Roda ~Afro Brazilian Movement and Games

Lead by:
Teaching artist Contra Mestre Macaco will lead activities of African diaspora folk arts; basic step of Capoeira - the dancing martial art, animal flow warm-up, high-five version of Maculele stick dance.

What is a Roda?
It is a community circle.  The circle will be a demonstration of capoeira. While watching, the audience may participation with chorus singing and percussion instruments. Capoeira is an art of movement, music and song. It is a game of combat dance - between two players inside a circle of singers and musicians. The music and songs influence the style and pace of the game. Players execute acrobatic, ritual, dance and show-off movements. The dance/dialogue of interaction is fluid, with an emphasis on qualitative marking to win points.

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Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration.

A Celebration of Our Ancestors and Loved Ones Who Have Passed On

Bring: Flowers, Photos, poems, stories, creations, songs that they loved~

Where: McGuffey Art Center Front Lawn (Studio 11, 201 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville Va.  22902)

Community Celebration ~  Will be held November 1st ~  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Details: We will meet on the front lawn where each person will be provided with a luminary bag to honor loved one’s who have passed on.  We will then have a procession up to the community altar where we place our luminaries’ and mementos (bring flowers, photos, poems, stories, creations and songs).  There will be traditional Mexican snacks to share families are welcome, there is nothing scary about this celebration only love and beauty.  If you wish to share a song, poem or story, please record it and send to me at The Alter is set up in a traditional way with the help of several friends from Puebla Mexico.  It will be set up on Friday October 31st and will stay up through November 2nd.  If you wish to make offerings after the Community celebration, please feel free to do so.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Hosted by: Luminaria Cville & Blue Ridge Music Together/

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World Holiday Sing Along

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Dia de los Muertos

Espanol: Es el tiempo de nuevo a celebrar nuestros antepasados y seres queridos que han pasado. Todos están invitados a participar. traigan flores, fotos, poemas para el altar. detalles abajo!
English: It is time once again to celebrate our ancestors and loved ones who have passed on. All are invited to participate. WHAT TO BRING: flowers, photos, poems as an offering to your loved ones for the altar. More details below.
FRIDAY, October 31st from 12pm ~ 6pm ~ Open to the public to make offerings to the Altar de Memorial, come and go as you please.
SATURDAY, Nov. 1st 12pm ~ 6pm ~ Open to the public to make offerings to the Altar de Memorial come and go as you please.
SATURDAY, 6:30pm ~ Viewing of the Documentary Film ~ Hecho en Mexico.
SUNDAY, Nov. 2nd from 3pm to 5pm ~ Community gathering of Luminarias, Musica y Comida!

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Cville Sabroso Festival

Luminaria Cville and Sin Barreras (Without Barriers) have partnered to bring Cville Sabroso, Charlottesvilles it's 2nd annual Latin American music and folkloric dance festival scheduled for September 20st from 11am to 6pm at the McGuffey Art Center in down town Charlottesville Va. There will be live traditional music, folkloric dances, kids activities, a dance competition, prizes and tasty mexican food! It is a free event, everyone is welcome, come and join us. 


Luminaira Cville y Sin Barreras han estado trabajando juntos para programar la 2nd festival anual latino americano Cville Sabroso, en down town Charlottesville el 20 de Septiembre de 11 am en el McGuffey Art Center en down town Charlottesville.  Habra musica tradicional en vivo, bailes folkloricos, comida, actividades para los ninos y much mas. La entrada es gratis.

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