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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


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  • Posted on Tue Dec 26, 2017
    ***Keep checking back for updates! This will be the 12th year for The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. We are excited to find and showcase accordion talent! Accordionists can enter by performing two songs at any of the below showcases where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife or they submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. They do not have to do both, unless they feel...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015
    Auditions will be held at the La Joya High School Performing Arts Center. More info coming soon! 
  • Posted on Tue Jul 19, 2016
    img_1063resize.jpg Master Artist Eva Ybarra touts a progressive style of conjunto playing. Far from containing her abilities within a traditional style of playing, Ms. Ybarra flies across the ivory buttons on her Gabbanelli accordion; her fingers speed across the various scales to make it almost untraceable to the human eye. Iliana Vasquez, her apprentice, explains her uncommon style in...
  • Posted on Fri Jul 8, 2016
       The accordion may be referred to as the symbolic instrument of the polka. Particularly in Texas – where the Czech style of polka refers to the massive immigration from the area now known as Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic; formerly Czechoslovakia; formerly Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia) – the music can be heard far and wide at the various church picnics, weddings, and social...