Palm Arts: “Jarabe Mexicano, “Traditions Dia de Los Muertos,” 10/21

Palm Arts: “Jarabe Mexicano, “Traditions Dia de Los Muertos,” 10/21

Telluride’s Palm Arts​​ presents a special celebration of an important and colorful Latin holiday: “Jarabe Mexicano–Traditions Dia de Los Muertos.” The happening takes place Sunday, October 21, 6 p.m,. at Telluride’s Palm ComplexAdvance tickets: $15 student, $20 adult, $25 day of performance, available here.

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Jarabe Mexicano​​ celebrates the Latino traditions of ​the Dia de los Muertos​​ through music, dance, singalong, anecdote, and eurythmic participation. The evening promises to take the audience on a ride through Latin culture with their versatile set list of f Mexican folk, Tex-Mex, Latin rock, and reggae-cumbia, all performed on authentic folk instruments.

For Jarabe, every show is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of familia and comunidad. Advocates for arts and education, ​Jarabe Mexicano​​ strives to bridge the frontiers between musical genres, diverse cultures and generations.

The Dia de Los Muertos  focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and thus remember loved ones who died  and so support their spiritual journey.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years: the celebration was foreshadowed by an Aztec​ ​festival​ dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Traditions connected to the event include building private altars called ​ofrendas​, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages, all offered as gifts at their graves.

“What an amazing chance to celebrate diversity and the rich traditions of the Latino culture,” says Palm Arts programming director Chris Vann, “Palm Arts is committed to presenting inclusive programming and ​Jarabe Mexicano​​ is a perfect fit.”

More about Jarabe Mexicano:

Jarabe Mexicano hit the Latin music scene in 2015, electrifying audiences throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The group takes a special interest in celebrating Latino culture and its traditions. Performing on traditional mariachi instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s arrangements feature stunning harmonized vocals in both Spanish and English.

Cultural anthropologist, distinguished author, and admirer, Dr. Alejandro Lugo, raves that Jarabe’s musicians “are truly excellent and bring new blood to the musical traditions they perform… their version of La Malagueña is simply the best I’ve heard in decades, if not ever.

As advocates for the arts and education and with a special commitment to underserved communities, Jarabe Mexicano has forged fruitful collaborations with an array of both public and private organizations, academic institutions, and government entities everywhere – and now in Telluride.


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