Interminable is a Philadelphia-based dyasporic space jazz project, born out of a chance encounter on the train. A week later, the band was playing its first show. These days, Interminable explores the modern diasporic experience, with covers and originals both in English and Spanish. Through their music, Interminable gives voice to socio-political themes often ignored, like displacement, migration, and identity. Interminable searches for common threads of improvisation throughout son jarocho (from Veracruz, México), jazz, rock, classical, and electronic music. This innovative tapestry of sounds is expressed through the band’s unique combination of instruments. Ximena Violante sings and plays the jarana, a native Mexican instrument. John Cole on drums creates the rhythmic foundation. Always seeking new sonic expressions, they have collaborated with a varied array of musicians: percussionists Didier García (DJ Manifest Love) and Larry Connelly, trombonist St. Clair Simmons, guitarist Rick Lowenberg (Brothers Past), rapper Mare Advertencia Lirika, violinist Julián Alarcón, cellist Melanie Hsu, bassists Rodrigo Pichardo (Blümntl,Gnarbot), Brian O'Connell, and Paul Horner, and trumpet players Marty Gottlieb-Hollis (Upholstery, Hardwork Movement) and Becca Graham (Hardwork Movement).
Since Interminable's debut in 2015, opening for nationally-renowned cumbia group, Viento Callejero, the band has amassed an impressive portfolio. The band has opened for many nationally and internationally recognized acts including Radio Jarocho, Zenén Zeferino, Mare Advertencia Lirika, DJ Precolumbian, Jarana Beat, and Gina Chavez. They have played venues from punk basement shows to The Magic Gardens, performing at Mexican muralist Edgar Saner’s art exhibit during his international tour. They were a featured performer in SUPER|object, a forum for emerging queer artists in Philadelphia. Recently, Interminable presented their music in Mexico, collaborating with local son jarocho musicians Anna Arismendez and Natse Rojas to bring their sounds to Puebla, Mexico City, and the biggest annual celebration of son jarocho, the Fiestas de la Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz.
Cover photograph by @laperria