José Gutiérrez and the Ochoa brothers are among the most celebrated performers of the Mexican son jarocho
tradition. Gutiérrez serves as the caller (pregonero
), or lead singer, improvising verses in a high, clear, loud voice. Felipe Ochoa masters the arpa jarocha
(harp) with an intensity that never lets up, and brother Marcos supplies the driving rhythm of the jarana
, adding creative flourishes and abrupt stops that lift the others to a higher plane of performance. The three men have performed together throughout Europe and the Americas for the past two decades.