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Jarana Beat
Jarana Beat

Philadelphia, PA - Come dance to the live Afro-Amerindian Mexico sounds of Jarana Beat at Moore College of Art & Design’s free Pop-up Party! on Thursday, October 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm.   The event will also feature an exhibition of student work that includes poster designs and animation in response to The Galleries at Moore’s “Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000.”   "Strange Currencies" will also be on view during the evening.  Admission to the Pop Up Party!, a Design Philadelphia event, is free but reservations are suggested at:  The College is located at 20th Street and The Parkway.  

Jarana Beat, from New York City, is a world music band that incorporates dance and activism. With the sounds of Afro-Amerindian Mexico, it offers a new interpretation that blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and draws from other cultures in the New York scene that share the same roots. With contagious charm and good vibes, this award winning band is capable of getting any audience on its feet! Musical director Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza has mined the musical traditions of his native Mexico and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct style, resulting in the creation of this musical amalgam which debuted in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of NYU’s 2007 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro.  On August 20, 2015, Jarana Beat received the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band of 2015.

“Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000,” running through December 12, 2015, explores the emergence of experimental artistic practices in 1990s Mexico City, a decade defined by a catastrophic economic crisis, enormous social upheaval and poverty, widespread political corruption, chronic violence and instability due to the destabilizing effects of globalization.  In this decisive moment of the city’s cultural history, artists experimented with new forms and took artistic risks radically altering the dynamics of the local art scene.  During a time of hopelessness and pessimism, artists rejected traditional forms in favor of unorthodox, ephemeral, action-based and socially-engaged practices that linked art and everyday life, and reflected the momentous events unfolding around them. The Galleries regular hours are: Monday – Thursday:  11 am – 5 pm; Friday:  11 am - 8 pm; and Saturday:  11 am – 5 pm.  Admission is free.  For more information on this exhibition, visit

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. Coeducational Graduate Studies programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education programs for professional adults, the 93-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for young people, grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit


Published on September 10th, 2015