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Hans Barklis Group

Are you interested in Afro-Latin folkloric music? If so, this class is for you! It will include the use of a stringed instrument, such as a ukulele or a guitar. Established melodic instruments (bowed strings, woodwinds, and brass) are also welcome. This class incorporates singing, strumming, dancing, and composition. You’ll be learning from Hans Barklis, an accomplished educator, performer, and student of Afro-Latin folkloric music.

What is Son Jarocho?

Born in and of the first mainland Spanish port, Son Jarocho is musical culture, an art form, that is simultaneously music, dance, poetry, history, and a potent vector for communication. Originally strummed on the jarana, the cousin of the guitar, Son Jarocho chords are easily grasped on string instruments and piano, but take a lifetime to master.

For daring individuals and those with a bit more instrumental background, melodic lines that weave Bach’s ingenuity through waves of West African polymeter will offer enticing introductions and infinite opportunity for inventive exploration.

Have you ever drummed with your feet? Zapateado, which shares elements with tap dance, is the main percussion in Son Jarocho and is an open-ended wellspring of physical fun! The musicality of this form is also inherent in its versification; imagine a spontaneous sonnet! Like iterations of the blues, Son Jarocho lyrics are accessible and boundless. Son Jarocho has something for everyone.

Prerequisite: Some familiarity with ukulele or guitar recommended, but not required.

13 Sessions: Mondays, March 2-May 25

Grades 6-8 | 6:00-7:00 pm
High School & Adult | 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME

Tuition: $200 (grades 5-8) – $300 (high school & adult)