Irekani Ferreyra

Artist • Teaching • Dance, Interdisciplinary, Music, Visual Arts

Irekani is an interdisciplinary teaching artist with broad experience as a performer of Mexican music and dance. Within dance, Irekani’s specialties are Aztec dance as well as zapateado (percussive foot tapping). He plays a wide variety of instruments: Violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, requinto jarocho, jarana jarocha, Mexican harp, flute, Aztec drum, cajon, Cuban tres, Bolivian charango, vihuela, huapanguera, jarana huasteca, and voice. He has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Albany Art Festival, worked as a sound engineer with Alebrije Studios, and is a founder of performance groups Tarima Son, Son Monarcas, and Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta. Irekani is fluent in Spanish and English.

In addition to his work as a teaching artist, Irekani performs with Urban Gateways touring groups Nahui Ollin and Son Monarcas.