Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Joan Soriano, The Dominican Republic


Born in the countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from fishing line and a discarded metal box. At age 13, he hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to work with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars. Today, he is an internationally touring bachata artist. This African and Spanish-based soul music –or “Dominican Blues,” is infused with equal parts romance and grit.  Joan is the star of Adam Taub’s “The Duke of Bachata”, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s documentary Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. His 2010 album, El Duque De La Bachata, spent several weeks on the Billboard Top 10 Tropical Album Chart and won best World Beat Album from the Indie Acoustic project. His albums have seen rotation on over 100 US radio stations and have been featured nationwide in All Things Considered, PBS Musicology, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post among others. Joan’s appearances include the Forde Festival, Rio Loco Festival, Amsterdam Tropentheater, and the Swedish Bachata Festival. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Reno Bachata Festival, Chicago’s Millennium Stage, and the Houston International Festival. In concert, he is accompanied by a six-piece ensemble that features guitars, bass, and Latin percussion. Joan’s new album, a collaboration with Haitian musicians entitled Bachata Haiti, was released in the spring of 2017.  Joan Soriano tours with the support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America in 2017-2018. Click on calendar for all tour dates.

Joan Soriano

Joan Soriano in life and in performance.

Tour Engagements for
Joan Soriano, The Dominican Republic

Southern Exposure Upcoming Events

  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Latino Arts Milwaukee, WI
    March 21, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • DanzAbierta, Cuba Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
    March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Koubek Center Miami, FL
    April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
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