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Joan Soriano

Rehearsal Hall • Presented by Jefferson Center
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
 
BACHATA SONG AND GUITAR FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 
$30 General Admission (plus service fee)
 
Immediately following the Joan Soriano show, join us for the 15th Annual Latin Dance Party inside Fitzpatrick Hall.

 

 


 

This engagement of Joan Soriano is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


A rare combination of new and authentic, equal parts romance and grit. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them


"Soriano’s music is gorgeous. He displays an emotionally powerful voice, versatility with bachata’s classic style of guitar playing, and compelling original compositions about love and loss."  Dr. Deborah Pacini Hernandez, author, “Bachata: a social history of Dominican popular music”

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers.

As a boy Joan received little formal education. The seventh of 15 children, Joan left school to help his father farm the family's land. But Joan’s destiny was for something else. Forming a band with his young brothers and sisters, he began to perform at neighborhood events. Nicknamed “Los Candes” (after their father Candelario) the band became a local sensation. At age 13 Joan hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to nurture his talent working with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars.

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