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Texas Folklife presents "Huapango Sin Fronteras" Festival Informational Session
Texas Folklife

May, 2017

Texas Folklife is proud to serve as a sponsor of the Fourth Annual Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival (Saturday, May 27), a gathering of both Mexican and U.S.-based huapango musicians. The festival will present groups from Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Chicago, as well as from California and Mississippi. There will also be a few special guests from Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The only event of its kind in the U.S., the festival provides a unique experience to enjoy one Mexico’s richest musical traditions.
To inform the public about the music genre and the festival, musician and teacher Nesta Velazquez of Los Cenzontles, the pioneering Fandango Jarocho group from San Pablo, California, will give a brief lecture about these Mexican folk and dance traditions, lending insight into their long history, practice and performance genres. Velazquez is originally from Xichú, a city located in the Northeast region of the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Additionally, the festival founder, Austin-based huapango arribeño trovador (poet-practitioner) Raul Orduña, will also be on hand to answer questions about the festival.  “With this fourth annual festival we want to make sure this tradition continues and that the message about this music is carried forth. We want to make sure it lives on for future generations,” says Orduña. 
A sampling of the music will be provided by some of the most prominent Mexican trovadores – Tobias Hernandez Con Su Grupo Arribeño.
The lecture and performance is open to the media and members of the public. 
About Texas Folklife
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Since 1984, Texas Folklife has honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.
Charlie Lockwood, MA Ethnomusicology
Executive Director, Texas Folklife 

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