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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Alfonso October 15, 2017

Gracias Juan,tu bachata reafirma el orijen de el estilo original de la bachata.disfrutamos cada interpretacion.....

anna gutierrez August 17, 2017

I love Joan S., had the opportunity to see him perform years ago in Detroit. I want to see him again!!!

Angelita DeLa Cruz August 10, 2017


Paola May 2, 2017

Un grande de la Bachata..Amo su música! Espero poder verlo algún día visitando este país. Saludos desde Uruguay.

Dahiana Castro April 16, 2017

I just watched a documentary about Joan Soriano. I really enjoyed your music and your perseverance.

VAMA December 30, 2016

Gigante con su música el gran Joan Soriano, un ritmo suave y ligero de la bachata dominica gran talento,espero poder conocerlo algun dia....Saludos desde Venezuela

Ivan Samaniego Vellon August 10, 2016

grande joan lo maximo de la bachata, quisiera un numero de cel para contrato y traerlo al peru, me avisan.

Terri August 9, 2016

I can't post a link here. But you can search for it on youtube. It's also on his facebook page.

Terri August 9, 2016

I love Joan's new video for Que pasara manana.

Mick Ryan March 7, 2016

Listened to Me Decidi - my first introduction to Bachata. Totally captivated what a great record we need you to play UK THIS YEAR on a hot sunny day but even if it was raining I am sure the sun would come out !!