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Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico Performance

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Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico Performance

Cambalache (from a Spanish word that means exchange), is a group of musicians from East LA., who play son jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico, a cultural region shaped by Indigenous, African, and Spanish culture. Cambalache promotes traditional son jarocho music in the spirit of the fandango, a traditional community celebration with music and dance.

Cambalache, founded in 2009, is led by Cesar Castro. The Veracruz, Mexico native began studying son jarocho at the age of 11 and joined El Grupo Mono Blanco at age 16. He has performed throughout Mexico, the United States, and Europe, and teaches cultural tradition in community centers, schools and universities in Mexico City and Veracruz. In 2001, he began working with Chicanos in Los Angeles through an exchange program, and two years later moved there to teach son jarocho. Other band members include Xochi Flores, who began studying son jarocho in 2003, Chuy Sandoval, whose musical background is rooted in punk rock, and Juan Perez, who is widely recognized as the “go to” Chicano bass player for Chicano-jarocho recordings, performances, and his vast knowledge of the genre.


Prior to their onstage performance at Flushing Town Hall, join Cambalache for an interactive dance workshop, which introduces the history of son jarocho music and dance, and its instrumentation, including the use of zapateado, the percussive dance of Veracruz.


“fresh and exciting new approach to ‘son jarocho’ with electric power.” - KPFK’S GLOBAL VILLAGE




Tickets: $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children (Click HERE for tickets to 1 PM Workshop) 


Members call Box Office (718)463-7700 ext 222) for 1 PM Workshop tickets.  Workshop availability is limited.

Event Details

    May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018
    02:15 PM - 02:15 PM