THE BAND

Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia. Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s dramatic, harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them the admiration from audiences across the country. Cultural anthropologist, distinguished author, and admirer Dr. Alejandro Lugo raves that Jarabe's musicians "are truly excellent and bring new blood to the musical traditions they perform... their version of La Malagueña is simply the best I've heard in decades, if not ever."
 

For Jarabe, every performance is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of family and community. As advocates for the arts and education and with a special commitment to underserved communities, Jarabe Mexicano has forged fruitful collaborations with an array of both public and private organizations, academic institutions, and government entities--all in their effort to help bridge the frontiers between musical genres, diverse cultures, and generations.

THE MEMBERS

Gustavo "Tavo" Alcoser, Jr.
Lead Vocalist, Managing Director, 
& Educational Outreach Coordinator

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As a transborder resident, Tavo received his Associates degree from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Diego State University, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Trained as a classical vocalist, Tavo was a founding member of the SDSU Chamber Choir and the San Diego Pro Arte Voices professional choral ensemble. Tavo continued his interdisciplinary education with a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies that explored transborder identity and its effects on gender, creative processes, and artistic performance. He is now composing original music and venturing into musical theater. Tavo is also the Lead Vocalist, Managing Director, and Educational Outreach Coordinator for Jarabe Mexicano.

Daniel "Danny" Brito
Percussion, Artistic Director,
& Educational Outreach Coordinator

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Danny Brito is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and visual artist based in Tucson, Arizona. Raised in Nogales, AZ, Danny’s early interests in both the visual and performing arts allowed him to become an artist that crosses the borders of both major mediums. In music, he has participated in masterclasses with many of the top drummers and percussionists in the industry. These include Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernandez, Ed Thigpen, Steve Houghton, John Santos, Antonio Sanchez, and Avashai Cohen to name a few. Danny’s knowledge and respect for the art of music has crafted him into a versatile, creative percussionist whose experience expands across a colorful array of genres. Danny now plays percussion and is the Artistic Director for Jarabe Mexicano.

Kevin Lomes
Vihuela, Vocals, &
Educational Presenter

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Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Kevin played in marching band and sang in choir at Granite Hills High School. Kevin went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with an emphasis on classical voice from San Diego State University. He has performed in groups such as the SDSU Marching Aztecs, with which he has traveled throughout the U.S. to states such as Louisiana, Washington, Idaho, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Nevada. Kevin was also a founding member of the SDSU Chamber Choir, with which he has traveled to Europe. Kevin is also a member of the San Diego Pro Arte Voices professional ensemble. In addition to performing, Kevin teaches music privately and at community schools such as the City Heights Music School. 

Eduardo "Eddy" Valencia
Guitarron, Vocals, &
Educational Presenter

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Eddy was born in Van Nuys, CA and was raised in Nogales, AZ. Coming from a musical family, Ed started playing the guitar but eventually moved on to other band instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He began touring professionally throughout the 80’s and early 90’s with rock bands, while also sharing the stage with the world famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, one of Mexico’s leading exponents of mariachi music. Afterwards, he brought mariachi music to schools and communities in Nogales, AZ, directing and performing with one of his local mariachis at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. When he’s not on tour singing and playing guitarron for Jarabe Mexicano, Eddie continues to lead mariachi groups in the Phoenix area.

Esteban "Steve" Smith
Lead Guitar &
Educational Presenter

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Steve is an accomplished musician, whose guitar prowess is second to none. He studied music at the University of Arizona and can be heard in many musical productions around the Tucson and greater Phoenix areas. From playing Blues and contemporary Jazz music with the band Raw Material at various regional festivals, to performing country music with bands like Flipside and the Jack Bishop Band at Tucson's famous Maverick Club, Steve also explored Tex-Mex and Latin styles such as flamenco and Afro-Cuban while playing with the band Latino Solido. Interestingly, Steve played a major hand in helping Danny Brito start his professional career in music. Steve is now the Lead Guitarist for Jarabe Mexicano.