• Lincoln, NE
  • Music

Folk & Traditional Arts, Latin American Arts, Multi-Cultural

The musicians of Jarana perform and teach from their home base Lincoln, Nebraska. Lead Daniel Martinez formed Jarana in 2009 for versatility and added creative energy. Pronounced JaRaNa (HAH-RAH-nah), it is a noun and verb meaning an event when all ages come together socially in a public place to enjoy and celebrate with food, games, music and dancing. It’s used much like the English “party,” but with richer meaning and more energy. All shows are family-friendly. Lecture/demos are designed to suit the time and interest/age of the audience. Jarana is a band built on energetic, danceable music blending South American music styles, Mexican folk music and Latin dance styles. Jarana’s music blends South American, African and Mediterranean beats such as Flamenco, Rumba and Salsa, accompanied with authentic, traditional instruments. Band members are natives of Peru, Mexico and the US.

Daniel Martinez is a guitar professor at Union College, Stephen Cantarero is an acoustic bass instructor. Each has experience adapting instruction for age and ability. They are comfortable teaching private lessons or in a group setting.


Jarana’s shows energize audiences of all sizes and in settings ranging from festivals to sacred services. They appear as duo, trio or four-piece. They can customize their presentation to any occasion, but excel when playing world rhythms.


South American Guitar Styles 101
Demo the differences between the styles and talk about their origin and development.

Latin Dance Styles 101
Demo the various dance steps and the music that accompanies them. Best when presented with a dancer.

A Conversation With Instruments: creative ensemble playing
The chemistry of Jarana is found in the way they listen to each other and improvise while playing.

Cultural Exchange
Daniel Martinez is a native of Peru and Oscar Rios of Mexico. Each is conversant in the folk traditions of their homelands and enjoy talking about seasonal customs, native traditions and world view.

Maximum negotiable fee: $6,900 (includes travel expenses)

Availability: No travel limitations or schedule restrictions at this time.

Virtual Option: JARANA has performed via Facebook Live and is ready to perform for The Lied Center for Performing Arts LIVE Online concert series for summer of 2020.



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