John Robles
  • Male
  • Ventura, CA
  • United States
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I am a:
Teaching Artist, Performing Artist, Researcher
My school is:
My style(s) of music:
Folk, Latin, Traditional, World
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Ethnomusicology, Making Music Videos, Multimedia Projects, Performing, Recording / Producing / Engineering
My musical instrument(s):
Accordion, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano / keyboard, Voice, Other
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
Son Jarocho on harp, jarana and requinto; Hawaiian on ukulele; German on accordion; fusion of music on Paraguayan harp
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
As a researcher and performer in the son jarocho genre, some of my early influences were harpists Mario Barradas Murcia, Jacinto Gatica and Andres Huesca. Later influences were Alberto DeLaRosa, Ruben Vazquez Dominguez, Celso Duarte (Sr. and Jr.), Pedro Sosa and Juan Gonzales. Groups I am inspired by are Conjunto Medellin de Lino Chavez, Tlen Huicani, Celso Duarte Ensemble, Conjunto Jardin, Son de Madera and others.
More about me:
I have been performing on jarocho harp since the age of 12. I have a group called Chucumite that performs the traditional music of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and has performed everywhere from private events to movies and important stages throughout California, Oregon and Mexico. We hope to tour through more of the United States. Our style is derived from the son jarocho groups of the "epoca de blanco", which is roughly from 1950-1970 or so. This is when harp-dominated groups played son jarocho in Mexico and the US. More recently, since the 1980s or so, the jarana doninated groups, or Movimiento Jaranero have been more pervasive, though there is an undercurrent of young people on the rise playing the harp dominated style.
also play several other instruments, keyboards of various types, guitar, jarana, requinto jarocho, quijada, and Scots Highland bagpipe.

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At 9:07pm on November 6, 2012, Celso Duarte said…

Querido John 

Estamos trabajando en la Llorona, será que nos quieras compartir alguna versión tuya con el arpa y tus jaraneros por aquí !!!

Un abrazo

At 8:55pm on November 6, 2012, Celso Duarte said…

Hola John 

Mi Jarana la afino como Guitarra es decir A D G B E, es de 5 ordenes dobles y octavo el D y el G para tener dos notas agudas y de esa manera suena como Jarana 3 con los agudos de las Jaranas 1eras !!!

Hasta ahora te escribo por aquí !!!
Un abrazo 

At 11:46pm on November 12, 2011, Celso Duarte said…

Hola John 
Que tal como estás, esta Jarana en particular la afine como guitarra es decir de la primera cuerda a la última es mi si sol re la dos de los ordenes van octavados !!!
Saludos la Candela está en Sol menor es decir Gm 

At 10:32am on November 10, 2011, Jonathon Hampton said…

Hi John. Welcome to Musical Exchange. Check out some of the other harpists in the community.



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