Jarabe Mexicano Residency
Working closely with artist manager Marian Liebowitz in California, Rafael organized a residency for the West Coast touring group Jarabe Mexicano at Augsburg University featuring a symphonic performance of their repertoire. In close collaboration with the group’s artistic director, Daniel Brito, Rafael crafted arrangements for symphony orchestra with the group as the soloist, highlighting their particular approach to musical performance. The concert was well attended and warmly received. Representatives of The Ordway’s Educational Outreach division were present for the concert and have invited the Augsburg University Orchestra to join Jarabe Mexicano in 2023 for a series of concerts at The Ordway Theatre in downtown St. Paul.
The musical tastes of Jarabe’s members reflect their cross-border cultures and family experiences in an eclectic mix of genres ranging from Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Norteño/Tex-Mex to Latin Rock, Trío Romántico, and popular Cumbia. Performing with traditional Mariachi string instruments and Norteño-inspired drums, they weave a tapestry of song and dance into an informative and entertaining experience for their audiences.