The Jacaras ensemble was established in 2009 and comprises the students and graduates of the Instrumental Faculty of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Poland). In September 2012, the band began working with baroque singer Julieta Gonzalez de Springer, coming from Mexico. The leader of the ensemble is Piotr Zaleski – Guitar Professor at the Academy.
In its repertoire Jacaras includes Spanish baroque dances from 17th and 18th century guitar tablatures. The dances are arranged for the contemporary set of instruments. Some of the dances like tarantella, fandango or folia played an important role in the history of music and are still known today. A few dances were preserved in local communities (canario), but many other passed into oblivion (mariona, cumbee).
The common trait of all the dances is an extraordinary and varied rhythm which later in the 19th century became the basis for the style of music today known as flamenco. The rhythm was emphasised not only by the use of castanets, tambourine but also by the specific strumming technique (rasgueado) or even by banging the body of the guitar. The dances consisted of a set of improvised variations. Variation technique was often used by guitarists and so it is not surprising that the first variations ever to be published are Luys de Narvaezs Diferencias for guitar from 1538. The dances show the influence of Spanish, Indian and even African culture.
Jacara – a group of scamps and high-spirited people who walked around at night making a racket and singing in the streets.
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Piotr Zaleski – timple
Julieta Gonzalez de Springer – vocal
Łukasz Figiel – bass
Mateusz Ławniczak, Łukasz Oleszek, Martin Złotnicki – guitars