Joan Soriano


Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers.

As a boy Joan received little formal education. The seventh of 15 children, Joan left school to help his father farm the family's land. But Joan’s destiny was for something else. Forming a band with his young brothers and sisters, he began to perform at neighborhood events. Nicknamed “Los Candes” (after their father Candelario) the band became a local 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 Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of new and authentic.

Joan is the star of Adam Taub’s new documentary, The Duke of Bachata. He also was featured in Alex Wolfe’s documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. Joan has performed throughout North America and Europe. In September 2010 he celebrated his first international release.

Joan's new album, El Duque de la Bachata, 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.


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Carven February 17, 2016

Hello, do you have video or photos from your performance in Havana Club in Cambridge, MA on January 31, 2016?

Hola , ¿tiene video o fotos de su rendimiento Havana Club en Cambridge , MA el 31 de enero , 2016?

Oscar Zarza January 25, 2016

Hola.. estamos interesados en que venga a gira x Canada.. con la comunidad Latina.. desde el Este al Oeste.. X que aqui tambien se adora y se baila Bachata... y este estilo es impresionante.. Saludos

Alfredo December 15, 2015

Me gustaria saber cuando vendran a la ciudad de Tampa. Nosotros necesitamos la bachata verdadera, por favor!

samuel smith September 4, 2015

Looking for booking information for April 8th near Chicago illinois

CHRISTIAN April 20, 2015

Tengo unas preguntas a quierido Joan Soriano quiero hablar personalmente con Joan si es posible escribe me en mi correo electrónico q les dejo aquí un abrazo grande para todo los almiro mucho :)

Zsuzsa April 17, 2015

Te esperamos en NYC, pero donde sea te vamos a ver, el Duque!

Carlos Bellido April 16, 2015

Te saludo desde Argentina Joan mi admiración me encanta tu música.

Melissa and John Smith March 24, 2015

Yes I am also hoping Joan will come to northern California, it's been over a year since we have seen him here and we miss him :)

David Vasquez March 24, 2015

Any time in June/early july I can see Joan Soriano or anyone iASO related in the Dominican Republic. I will be visiting from Sydney

Rob March 23, 2015

Are their any open bookings in Nor. Cali ?