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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Las Americas

Son de Madera

Founded in 1992, Son de Madera forms part of the current jaranero movement. Its main goal is to diffuse son jarocho based on the research of traditional forms, the incorporation of new sounds, and the revival of community gatherings of music-making and dance called fandangos. Their recordings have been used in film soundtracks, television documentaries, and theater.

  • Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, guitarra de son
  • Natalia Arroyo, violin
  • Rubí del Carmen Oseguera, tarima
  • Juan Pérez, bass
  • Rubén Vázquez Domínguez, arpa jarocha
  • José Tereso Vega Hernández, jarana

Left: Photo by Alex Solca.
Right: Rubí Oseguera adds her own creative flourishes to the son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico, through traditional zapateado dance. Performed on a raised wooden platform that amplifies the sound of her feet, the zapateado adds percussive rhythm and depth to the music. Photo by Rodrigo Vázquez.

Three members of Son de Madera talk about improvisation in son jarocho.

Son de Mi Tierra
by Son de Madera