Texas Folklife presents “Huapango Sin Fronteras” Festival
Informational Session by Alex E. Chávez and Organizer Raul Orduña
Music by Huapango Arribeño and Huapango Huasteco Musicians
WHO: Alex E. Chávez, PhD and Raul Orduña
WHAT: Guest presentation regarding huapango music and the “Huapango Sin
Fronteras” Festival in Austin, Texas / Performances by trovadores and musicians
WHERE: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – Black Box Theater
600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: May 29, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Open to members of the media and the public
CONTACT: Cristina Ballí (512) 441-9255 or Raul Orduña (512) 554-7572
Texas Folklife is proud to co-present the Second Annual Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival, 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, Notre Dame professor and festival co-organizer Alex E. Chávez will lecture briefly on this Mexican folk and dance tradition, lending insight into its long history, practice and performance genres, and growing presence in the United States. Festival founder, Austin-based huapango arribeño trovador (poet-practitioner) Raul Orduña, will also be on hand to answer questions about the festival. “With this second 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 – Don Guillermo Velasquez of Los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú, Guanajuato (and a leading cultural worker of the genre), Don Pedro Sauceda, elder campesino trovador of Rio Verde, San Luis Potosi, Tulia Gonzalez of Las Palomitas Serranas (one of the few female huapango groups), and son huasteco group Los Trineros of Hidalgo.
The lecture and performance is open to the media and members of the public.