Cimarrón brings Columbian Cowboy Dancing to Music Haven on August 11th

Like the Spanish fandango, the Colombian joropo of Cimarrón, developed on the plains of the Orinoco River, is fierce, stomping and virtuosic, both on stage and on the dance floor.

The band will be at Music Haven at 7 pm on Sunday, August 11. They are leading a new wave of joropo with a global edge and an entirely contemporary sound. Their powerful sonic force comes from a unique blend of Andalusian, Indigenous American, and African roots.

Founded by harpist Carlos “Cuco” Rojas, and featuring vocalist Anya Vedó, Cimarrón’s dazzling, exotic instrumental lineup includes cuatro, harp, maracas, Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo, and Afro-Colombian tambora. Dance actually serves as an important percussive component and indigenous tribal whistles never seen before outside of Latin America punctuate the group’s hypnotic, snaking rhythms.

Rojas, a folk researcher as well as musician, began his career in 1975, recording with songwriter Manuel Orozco. He studied harp with Alberto Curvelo and Enrique Samaniego and was a member of the folkloric group accompanying Gabriel Garcia Marquez to accept his Nobel Peace Prize in literature.

The band’s long-awaited new disc, appropriately titled Orinoco, is an exploration of the varied influences from the Orinoco Basin with a contemporary production concept that goes from the acoustic to the electronic.

The international food & beverage features for Cimarrón will be Arrozcon Pollo, Tamales and a frozen coffee drink made with Café Bustelo.

Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider will also be available.

In the case of inclement weather, the Niskayuna High School Auditorium will serve as the rain site for this and the final performance of the season, given the production of Hamilton taking place at Proctors, the series’ official rain site.

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