“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
“It’s a story as old as the guitar, which has been played in Santo Domingo – the first Spanish city in the New World – since before the guitar had six strings. Yanquis are about to get a taste of beautiful bitterness.” – Ned Sublette, author, Cuba and its Music
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.
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 Soriano blends Afro-Dominican 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.
Soriano is the seventh of fifteen siblings. At an early age he had to forgo schooling to help his father in the fields, but his destiny was for music not agriculture. As a young boy, he made his first guitar from a discarded metal box and a fishing line and formed a band with his brothers and sisters. Later he moved to Santo Domingo and nurtured his talent working alongside some of the Dominican Republic’s greatest bachata musicians.
Soriano’s artistry preserves and expands on the Dominican musical tradition. He is the rare combination of new and authentic.
Joan has toured the United States and Europe as the head of his family band, “La Familia Soriano”, which includes brother Fernando, and sister Griselda Soriano.