Cimarrón Plays Joropo at Music Haven

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—JULY 30, 2019—Like the Spanish fandango, the Colombian joropo of Cimarrón, developed on the plains of the Orinoco River, is fierce, stomping and virtuosic, both on stage and on the dance floor.

The band—at Music Haven, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11—is leading a new wave of joropo with a global edge and an entirely contemporary sound. Their powerful sonic force comes from a unique blend of Andalusian, Indigenous American and African roots.

Founded by harpist Carlos “Cuco” Rojas, and featuring vocalist Anya Vedó, Cimarrón’s dazzling, exotic instrumental lineup includes cuatro, harp, maracas, Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo and Afro-Colombian tambora. Dance actually serves as an important percussive component and indigenous tribal whistles never seen before outside of Latin America punctuate the group’s hypnotic, snaking rhythms.

Rojas, a folk researcher as well as musician, began his career in 1975, recording with songwriter Manuel Orozco. He studied harp with Alberto Curvelo and Enrique Samaniego, and was a member of the folkloric group accompanying Gabriel Garcia Marquez to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm in 1982.

Vedó,a pioneer in recio singing, a vocal style traditionally associated with Colombian and Venezuelan plainsmen, has three solo albums and joined Cimarrón in 2000.

The band’s long-awaited new disc, appropriately titled Orinoco, is an exploration of the varied influences from the Orinoco Basin with a contemporary production concept that goes from the acoustic to the electronic.

Longtime friends of Music Haven, guitarist/mandolist Sten Isachsen and guitarist/composer Maria Zemantauski have delighted audiences around the globe as soloists and in various ensembles for decades. Together as Sten and Maria Z., this dynamic Capital Region string duo celebrate their eclectic musical tastes—fiery flamenco, classical, Latin, roots and bluegrass—to create a vibrant, rich and refreshing sound. Their rhythmically driven repertoire takes the listener on a journey of traditional classics, innovative arrangements and stunning original compositions.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all shows.


Michele’s Charcoal Pit returns to serve hungry Music Haven fans for all of the Sunday global concerts in 2019; Mike’s Hotdogs will be on hand for all other performances. Ben & Jerry’s will also scoop premium ice cream at each show.

The international food & beverage features for Cimarrónwill be Arroz con Pollo, Tamales and a frozen coffee drink made with Café Bustelo.

Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider are available throughout the season.

In the case of inclement weather, the Niskayuna High School Auditorium will serve as the rain site for this and the final performance of the season, given the production of Hamilton taking place at Proctors, the series’ official rain site.

For biographical information about the artists scheduled to perform, related news articles and archives of seasons past, visit Music Haven’s website, For updates and new details about upcoming shows—including weather calls—or to offer comments about your experiences at Music Haven,, Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook or call our contact line, 518.660.0675. Music Haven can also be followed on Instagram at Music Haven Concerts or on Twitter@MusicHavenStage.

Music Haven is the 2019 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards’ Concert Series of the Year, and Founder/Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub is Best Promoter or Presenter of the Year.

The Schenectady Foundation and Price Chopper/Market 32 are the Co-presenting Sponsors for the Music Haven Concert Series.

Cimarrónat Music Haven is sponsored by Bustelo Coffee, FAM Funds and SAVI.

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