Joan Soriano

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.

Today, he is an internationally touring bachata artist. This African and Spanish-based soul music—aka “Dominican Blues”—is infused with equal parts romance and grit.

“When you hear Soriano’s raw interpretation of bachata,” raved NPR, “you can’t help but wonder how such a beautiful sound was kept quiet for so long.”