About Us

Jaranas del Norte Collective

Jaranas del Norte is an artistic collective created in 2019 and based in Helsinki that performs and promotes the musical, lyrical, and dancistic tradition of Son Jarocho.

Son Jarocho is a folk musical style originally from the Sotavento region of the state of Veracruz, by the Gulf of Mexico. It combines indigenous, Spanish, and African musical elements, and it is traditionally performed during “fandango” celebrations: communitarian festive gatherings with music, “zapateado” dancing, and singing that typically last all night long.

Jaranas del Norte aims to develop a community in Nordic Europe, particularly in Finland, that appreciates the legacy, values, and social-weaving aspects involved in the tradition of Son Jarocho.


Our active members:

Alan Guerra (guitar, jarana)

Balam Orozco (requinto, jarana, voice)

Daniela Pascual (jarana, voice)

Eduardo Tejedor (percussions, jarana, voice)

Eva Anastasi (jarana, voice)

Grisell Macdonel (double bass, voice)

Ludvik Moreno (jarana, voice)

Paola Nieto (dance, jarana, voice)

Yesmith Sánchez (jarana, percussions, voice)



Our Members

(Short Bio)

alan guerra (mx)

Musician (Guitarist) from Culiacán, Sinaloa.


Has performed in concert halls, theaters, and street shows around Mexico, Holland, England and Finland, performing music for solo guitar, chamber ensembles, orchestral soloist and folk music.

His Bachelor’́s degree on classical guitar was obtained with honours in 2016 at the “Escuela Superior de Música”, in Mexico City.

He has studied with important world famous guitarists like Omán Kaminsky and Johannes Möller, and currently he is studying for a Master ́s Degree with Petri Kumela at the Sibelius Academy.



BALAM OROZCO (MX/FI)

Born and raised in El Puerto de Veracruz, Veracruz.


Son Jarocho has been a part of his identity since childhood, always present in family reunions or special holidays back home in Veracruz. As a part time musician he has been involved with various projects in Mexico and Finland with different genres of music, being Jaranas del Norte a very special one because it connects him with his roots.





Daniela pascual (Ec/Es)

Daniela is a practitioner straddling urban studies and performance art.


Her research focuses on space, autonomy, modes of inhabiting and organisational practices. She is currently finishing her MA in Live Art and Performance Studies at Uniarts Helsinki. Daniela got acquainted with Son Jarocho in 2014 while living in Mexico. She began playing jarana in 2017 before moving to Helsinki, where she has continued learning interpreting Son Jarocho and its culture alongside Jaranas del Norte.


Embracing her beautiful heritage from Ecuador and Spain, she proudly wears her double nationality.




eduardo tejedor (MX)

Industrial Designer born in Guadalajara, Jalisco.


Textile & print design, visual branding, UX/UI design, illustration. He develops his own sustainable Design brand @tejedordesign in Helsinki using motifs inspired in Mexican culture.

Amateur percussionist, found his passion for music and dance with Western African rhythms (2005-2010) and Capoeira Angola (Mexico/Brazil since 2008) which continues practicing today. He experienced Son Jarocho for the first time in Mexico in 2014 and continues learning to the current date.

Eduardo loves cooking and growing plants. He had ventured into healthy food projects in Mexico in the past running his own Gluten-free bakery and collaborating with Cacao producers and local artisans.





eva Anastasi (FI/EL)

Is Finnish-Greek amateur musician and artist. She found Son Jarocho during her exchange studies in Mexico. Eva has practised music since child: mandolin, guitar, drums, piano and jarana. Eva has also sung in a choir Cantare and practised greek folk dance. She has auditioned in many small gigs in Finland, Mexico and Greece. She is the founder of youth art exhibition Äly Väly and she has also participated in "Kuin onnellinen ajatus" - recording. Her strong suit is her background in Finnish folk music as a student of Heikki Lahti, a leading Finnish mandolin folk musician. Through participation in Jaranas del Norte, Eva's deep affection and respect for Mexican culture is manifested.



grisell macdonel (MX/FI)

Grisell was born in Mexico City. She is a musicologist and double bass player. She studied double bass' art music repertoire at the Faculty of Music of UNAM in Mexico City, and did her Master of Arts in musicology by the University of Helsinki. Nowadays she is dedicated to her work as doctoral researcher at the same institution. As a musician, Grisell explores the versatile character of the double bass in distinct musical genres from classical to popular music. She is a member of Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra, Espoo Sinfonia, and The Polytech's Orchestra. Musical improvisation is another of her main fields of interest, and she plays in bands such as Improvisatrice, and Korvat Auki Ensemble. Grisell is also a member of Aurinko Música de Latinoamérica ry and Jaranas del Norte.

Ludvik moreno (mx)

Poet, philosopher, jaranero and melophile from Xalapa, Veracruz. Since 2016, he is a researcher in the faculty of philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Some of his poems have been published in literary magazines in Mexico and, more recently in an anthology of multicultural writers living in Finland. He has taken part in several literary and musical events in Helsinki during the past years. Since 2019, he is a member of Jaranas del Norte cultural collective.

paola nieto (mx)

Originally from Mexico City, Paola is a cultural manager, dancer and musician. In 2017, she moved to Helsinki for her Master studies in Arts Management at the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts. Currently she is a producer in Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin (Fi), and artistic director in Askelten Palo/Pasos de Fuego (Fi), a cultural organization dedicated to promote Latin American folk dances in Finland. She has been a dancer for over 15 years; she was part of Khamsa Dance Project Company (2013-17, Mx) where she participated in the production of pieces (Azahar Chocolatl, 2014; Urdimbre, 2018) as dancer and choreographer exploring the languages of Oriental and Mexican dances, and improvisation with live music. She studied piano jazz music at Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico, but recently found a special interest in studying jarana music and zapateado (tap-dance) as a need to explore the traditional music and dances from Mexico in contemporary settings.

Rodrigo tripp (mx)

Originally from Mexico City he has been living in Finland for over a decade.
Rodrigo is a professional Web programmer.

Amateur guitar and bass player, currently acquiring skills to become a Jarana performer and player. Back in Mexico city, during his teenage years, he played in different bands exploring genres like punk, metal and pop. As a hobby he also produces electronic music tracks under the name "Ronsu".
Rodrigo was actively part of our collective from 2019 to 2021.

YESMITH SÁNCHEZ (MX/FI)

Yesmith is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion expert and business strategist born in Querétaro, Mx.

Yesmith manages to combine her passion for DEI and multiculturalism and channels it through art. She is part of the founding team of the multicultural children's festival Kolibrí, founding member of the literary group Una Botella en la Mar and a former board member of the cultural association Askelten Palo and believes that art expressions are a powerful way of activism.

Yesmith enjoys dancing folk music, writing short stories and listening to music. About Son Jarocho she says: "I love how Son Jarocho makes me feel like I am discovering something that I didn't know I had in me. It makes me proud to be part of a community of talented artists and that we get to share our roots and passion with our host society."

More

Semana Global 2020 Mexican cultural events around the world. Music and dance workshops organized by Jaranas del Norte collective at Suvilahti, Helsinki. November 2020.

Folk dance workshop organized by World Music School Helsinki at Caisa Kulttuurikeskus summer 2020.

workshops

In collaboration with various institutions, we offer a variety of practical workshops to promote the folk culture of Son Jarocho. Workshops include live music and are given by highly-trained and experienced instructors who create a welcoming and joyful learning atmosphere.

Every now and then, we also organize free-of-charge music and dance workshops and events in Helsinki. To stay updated, follow our social media channels.

If you wish to have a private workshop please let us know via email or phone. Contact us.