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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David Vasquez February 28, 2015

Are there any tour dates for 2015?

roxana vann December 22, 2014

te amo joan soriano

carmelo soriano rodríguez November 19, 2014

Apreciados, Tocallos, es un placer escucharos, desde la península os deseo la mejor de las suertes. Salud para la familia Soriano.

mike September 22, 2014

Heard Joan (& Nelly) for the 1st time today. Joyful music!

Irma Violeta September 7, 2014

Yo me enamore de su musica desde la primera vez que lo escuche cantando 'Su lado de cama'. Es un cantante con mucho talento y le deseo todo lo mejor a el y su familia.

nelly August 17, 2014

Bachata con sentimiento ......tienes un talento impresionante.....Dios te bendiga

Ana virginia suarez herrera July 13, 2014

me fascina su musica es espectacular tu musica invita al amor y al romance

Wayne WIlson May 10, 2014

Yo quiero ver Joan en Atlanta!!!!,,, Promoters own,,, Café Dominican 4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 723-3784 >>>> y Fiesta Palace 4771 Britt Rd. NW, Norcross, GA, 30093, Norcross, GA (678) 598-1010 >>>>>

Maria Avila February 16, 2014

Come to Albuquerque, NM.

Michelle Deya January 26, 2014

Les queremos muchisomo!!
¡Qué alegría!

De Michelle en Cotati, California