Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 6-8:30pm will continue our music series held at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company Prepared Food Annex (The Annex) – “The Annex Sessions”
DíaPaSón is an ensemble of musicians and dancers who specialize in Mexican folk music and dance,particularly the son jarocho, in the interest of promoting and preserving the cultural treasures of Mexican folkloric traditions. DíaPaSón artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have collectively and individually studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists of son jarocho. DíaPaSón often has the honor of having master artists from Mexico perform in its programs and collaborate in projects. The ensemble is under the directorship of María de la Rosa.
Each experience of DíaPaSón is a polyrhythmic delight of lyric and melodic improvisation. Voices accompanied by primarily stringed and percussive handcrafted instruments of natural materials create a dynamic, rustic sound that tells ancient and modern tales of love, courtship, happiness and the beauties of life as well as injustice, loss, and death. Hundreds of years old, the son jarocho is a living, contemporary art form that continues to evolve with time and under the influences of trans-cultural exchange and inter- generational dialogue.
Since 2010, DíaPaSón has appeared on prestigious stages throughout California and Mexico including: Oakland Museum of California, De Young Museum, Mexican Heritage Plaza, La Peña Cultural Center and others, including opening for Son de Madera at the 2nd annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival and for Caña Dulce y Caña Brava at the 6th annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival, both at the Brava Theater. In 2016, DíaPaSón joined the National Performance Network (NPN) touring roster after completion of works commissioned by the NPN Creation Fund and a two-week artist residency at La Peña Cultural Center subsidized by NPN. In 2017, the ensemble completed intensive workshops with legendary son jarocho master Patricio Hidalgo and opened the concert “Floreando Nuevas Fronteras” also featuring Patricio Hidalgo and Los Hermanos Vega in the culmination of an artistic residency project by María de la Rosa that was funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The ensemble performed virtually in projects presented during the pandemic shutdown and over the last two years, has completed virtual and hybrid projects through the City of Oakland’s Neighborhood Voices project while emerging back to live performances throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
We are proud to present this series in partnership with SunJams and Javier Navarrette Music.
SunJams is committed to funding children’s music education in underserved public elementary schools. Your donation will help support this ongoing program.
In addition, we need to raise funds to continue bringing you this exciting new live music program. All of the proceeds will go directly to our network of local musicians, each of whom have been severely impacted by the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you donate $10, $100, or $1000 – any amount helps and will allow us to keep bringing music to our community! As always, your donation to SunJams 501(c)3 may qualify as tax exempt.
Javier Navarrette Music continues to bring live music to several venues around the Bay Area. Javier has been a professional musician and music educator in the Oakland Unified School District for the past 20 years. Over the past few years Navarrette has produced outdoors events that have proven instrumental in enabling musicians to deal with some of the fallout of the pandemic and shutdown that followed.
COVID RELATED SAFETY MEASURES
Please be safe. Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer.
Tickets are NOT required for this venue, you can simply come in, order food and beverages at the Annex counter and pay at the registers.