Tuesday, May 29, 2018



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The partnership between renowned NYC-based son jarocho band Radio Jarocho and Veracruz-born son jarocho legend Zenen Zeferino will hit the road in this summer on the heels of their album together ‘Rios de Norte y Sur.’ The album is earning acclaim for its partnership between a musician and poet who learned son jarocho through his family and community; and a band in the diaspora that learned it via hearing field recordings, as RJ’s leader Julia del Palacio did. Here’s what we’re reading:

“The album is crafted with careful attention to the details of the tradition, and in many ways the sound of Radio Jarocho hews closer and more lovingly to son jarocho than other U.S. jarocho bands. Yet, the band's beautiful execution of the classics, new compositions faithful to the genre and gentle pushing of son jarocho's musical envelope refresh the music for these times… The songs on ‘Rios de Norte y Sur’ are, in large part, beloved exemplars of the son jarocho songbook, delicately nuanced with contemporary flourishes.”
- Catalina Maria Johnson, NPR Music, May 11, 2018

- Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, May 8, 2018

“So beautiful… amazing… special.”
- Loren DiBlasi, Paste Magazine, April 4, 2018

“Radio Jarocho has become a live favorite… The joining of this act and jarana player and singer Zeferino is especially inspired. Having come of age in a celebrated family of traditional musicians who shared indigenous Mexican and Afro-Mexican heritage, he has become a kind of central figure in the music and an important influence on Radio Jarocho… It's difficult, listening to this record, not to feel the celebration escaping the speakers and inspiring the listener to pick up their feet and move with the music.”
- Jedd Beaudoin, Pop Matters, May 8, 2018

“What happens when you pair a seasoned musician from a legendary son jarocho family with a younger band working to keep the traditional vital in the diaspora of New York City? You get a beautiful new album.”
- Gina Vergel, Sounds and Colours, May 11, 2018

“Lively… Buzz-worthy.”
- Tolly Wright, amNew York, April 2, 2018

Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino Tour Dates:

May 30 – Metropolian Museum of Art – New York, NY
June 1 - 3S Artspace - Portsmouth, NH (supporting David Wax Museum)
June 2 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME (supporting David Wax Museum)
June 8 - Recovery Lounge, Upper Jay Art Center - Upper Jay, NY
June 15 - LeFrak Concert Hall - Flushing, NY
June 15 - Guadalupe Inn - Brooklyn NY
June 16 - Terraza 7 - Elmhurst, NY
June 20 - Victoria Event Centre - Victoria, British Columbia
June 21 - Duncan Showroom - Duncan, British Columbia
June 22 - Char's Landing - Port Alberni, British Columbia
June 23 – Mississippi – Portland, OR
June 24 – Casa de la Cultura Tlanese – Salem, OR
June 29 – The Governor’s Cup – Salem, OR
June 30 – World Beat Festival – Salem, OR
July 14 - Centro de las Artes - Queretaro, Mexico
July 20 -  El Manojo - Cuernavaca, Mexico
July 21 - La Jacaranda Cultural - Patzcuaro, MexicoAugust 3 – Brillbox | Pandemic Dance Party - Pittsburgh, PA
July 25 – Summer Concerts on the Hudson – Weekhawken, NJ
August 3 – Brillobox | Pandemic Dance Party - Pittsburgh, PA
August 5 - Weather Permitting - Pittsburgh, PA
August 11 – O+ Festival – Kingston, NY

Here’s what other musicians are saying:

“Radio Jarocho light up the room. They draw from the past but its all about this moment, this party, this heart swelling with joy and energy. I imagine that all who saw them play, sing, and dance at our festival went home humming one of their tunes - I know I did!”
- Ruth Ungar, Festival Organizer (Winter Hoot) and performer (The Mammals)

“I love Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino because they play music that makes your skeleton shake and your heart sing.”
– Nick Panken, Spirit Family Reunion

“Incredible… Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino are some of my favorite performers, period.”
- Eli Smith, Brooklyn Folk Festival, April 6, 2018

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