Joan Soriano

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s, The Duke of Bachata, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. Joan has performed throughout the USA and Europe. In September 2010, iASO Records launched Joan's first international solo release: El Duque de la Bachata. El Duque spent several weeks in the Billboard Top 10 Tropical album charts, won best World Beat Album of 2011 from the Indie Acoustic Project and is on rotation on over 100 radio stations in the US. 2012 saw the release of La Familia Soriano which showcased the rich musical tradition in the Soriano family by featuring not only Joan but his brother Fernando and sisters Nelly and Griselda. For 2015 iASO records is proud to announce the newest release by the Soriano family Me Decidi, which not only once again includes Joan’s siblings but his newest sister in music, Andre Veloz.

Joan is the seventh of fifteen siblings. As a boy he received little formal education, instead helping his father to work the family’s land. But Joan’s destiny was for music not agriculture. Fashioning his first guitar from fishing line and a discarded metal box, he joined his young brothers and sisters to
form a family band. Nicknamed “Los Candes” (after their father Candelario) it became a neighborhood sensation. At age 13 Joan hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to nurture his talent working with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars.

Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Joan blends Afro­Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance­ability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of new and authentic.

La Familia Soriano was recorded live in a Santo Domingo studio by iASO producer, Benjamin de Menil. The natural musicality of live sound is central to iASO’s aesthetic.

Performance History: Joan Soriano has been received with acclaim at venues throughout the USA and Europe. Highlights include : Carnegie Hall, The Reno Bachata Festival, Chicago’s Millennium Stage, The Santa Monica Pier, Amsterdam Tropentheater, The Swedish Bachata Festival, The National Council for the Traditional Arts Lowell Folk Festival, Houston International Festival, The National Hispanic Cultural Center in NM, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington and a recent sold out show at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Dallas.

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Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s, The Duke of Bachata, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. Joan has performed throughout the USA and Europe.

"Soriano’s music is gorgeous. He displays an emotionally powerful voice, versatility with bachata’s classic style of guitar playing, and compelling original compositions about love and loss."
­ Dr. Deborah Pacini Hernandez, author, “Bachata: a social history of Dominican popular music”

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