The sound of the jarana is distinctive and percussive, like the dancing of zapateado from Veracruz, Mexico, where this stringed instrument originates. In Chicago, the love for jarana jarocho music thrives and at Old Town School, we are lucky to have a studied jarocho teaching musician and performer, Zacbe Pichardo, to teach and mentor our players. Zacbe is a member of grammy winning Sones de Mexico. Jarana is a class to register for again and again; the class works as a supportive ensemble with more advanced players learning more complicated parts. Jarana will focus on musical improvisation, power strums, and developing unflinching rhythm skills. Our jarana class performs at various events around the School and Chicago!