Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Join Soriano at Flushing Town Hall on Sunday, March 18 and experience the way he expertly blends the sacred traditions of palo and gaga with bachata, a genre that is essential to Dominican culture.
As New York Music Daily reported last year, “Soriano is a breath of fresh air straight off the Caribbean. Or, as the show built steam, more like a friendly hurricane.”
Bachata draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Joan both preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them, imparting his music with a down-to-earth spirit and dance-ability. Soriano plays steel string bachata with romance and grit, and the Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music will have audience members on their feet.
As a boy, Joan received little formal education. The seventh of 15 children, Joan left school to help his father farm the family’s land, but he soon found his passion for music. He formed a band with his siblings called Los Candes, which became a local sensation. At age 13, Joan traveled to Santo Domingo to develop his talents and work with some of the Dominican Republic’s greatest bachata stars.
Since then, Soriano has gone on to release seven albums. El Duque de la Bachata won the best World Beat Album of 2011 at the Indie Acoustic Project awards. He performs across the United States and internationally.
You can see Soriano perform at Lincoln Center in 2017 here.
This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.