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Media Alert: Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival Press Conference


May 24, 2016


Contact: Cristina Balli (956) 346-5854


Third Annual Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival presents

Informational Session by organizer Raul Orduña

Music by Smithsonian Recording Artists Los Camperos de Valle and Las Palomitas Serranas


WHO:               Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival organizers and leading musicians


WHAT:              Guest presentation regarding huapango and son huasteca folk music and the “Huapango Sin Fronteras” festival in Austin, Texas / Music performance by    Smithsonian Recording Artists Los Camperos de Valle of San Luis Potosi, and female trio huasteco Las Palomitas Serranas of Xichu, Guanajuato


WHERE:           El Ranchito 71 Hall

                          4607 Tucker Hill Lane, Cedar Creek, TX 78612


WHEN:             Friday, May 27    3:00 to 5:00 PM

                          Open to members of the media


CONTACT:       Cristina Ballí  (956)  346-5854


The Third Annual Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival, sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, is a gathering of son huasteco and huapango arribeño musicians from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  Taking place on Saturday, May 28 at the Plaza R3 in Austin, Texas, the festival will present groups from Austin, Dallas, San Luis Potosi and Guanajuato.  The only of its kind in the U.S., this event provides a unique experience to enjoy one of the most traditional music genres of Mexico with its dances and its people.


To inform the public about the music genre and the festival, festival organizer, Austin-based trovador Raul Orduña, will present this year’s festival information to the public, with special introductions to two of the headlining groups of the program.  “With this second festival we want to make sure this tradition continues on and that the message about this music is carried forth.  We want to make sure it lives on for future generations” says Orduña. 


The 2016 musical lineup includes Trio Paseador Hidalguense of Dallas, Trio Cantores de Valle of San Luis Potosi, Las Palomitas Serranas of Guanajuato and Trio Camperos de Valle of San Luis Potosi.  Also a highlight of the festival is a gran topada of huapango arribeño by the festival organizer Orduña and his Trovadores of Austin, and Javier Rodriguez and his Huapangueros, also of San Luis Potosi. 


The media press conference Friday will include performances by:


Los Camperos De Valle has long been acclaimed as one of the signature representatives of son huasteco music. The trio, which takes its name from the city of Ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosí, first came together about 1974 when jarana player Joel Monroy Martínez joined up with veteran musicians Marcos Hernández and Heliodoro Copado. At that time, Copado was considered one of the greatest exponents of the Huastecan violin tradition, and Hernández was himself an accomplished singer and huapanguera player. Monroy had previously focused on the violin; however, he took up the jarana to complete the trio. After a number of years performing with Hernández and Copado as Los Camperos Huastecos, Monroy moved to Tampico, Tamaulipas, to play with Los Caimanes (the Alligators), and Gregorio Solano took his place on the jarana. As Copado's health declined, Monroy, who had stayed in contact with Los Camperos while in Tampico, rejoined the group in 1995, taking over the violin. Thus, Los Camperos de Valles arrived at their present line up, with Marcos Hernández on the huapanguera, Gregorio "Goyo" Solano on the jarana, and Joel Monroy on violin. The group performs regularly throughout Mexico and the USA, especially in the Mexican communities of California and Chicago, IL. They have also toured around the world to England, France, Sweden, and Spain.  They have recorded many albums and in 2010 they recorded “El Ave de Mi Soñar” with Smithsonian’s Folkways Recordings. 


From Xichu, Guanajuato comes a unique trio huasteco of feminine voices – Las Palomitas Serranas.  Hailing from a lineage of huapango arribeño musicians of the Sierra Gorda region, the daughters of Mario Gonzalez of the famous Leones de la Sierra, Tulia and Patricia Gonzalez became musicians even if no women before them had done so.  Together with Lizbeth Reyes and Monica Avelino they form a beautifully melodic ensemble of voices and string instruments typical of the region, promoting traditional huapango huasteco and arribeño with a twist of girl power.  Hearing them is a delight.


The lecture and performance Friday is open to the media and members of the public. 


About Huapango Sin Fronteras

The third festival will take place again in Austin, Texas on Saturday May 28th and is sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Folklife, Jalisco’s Restaurant and Bar, Voces Austin, and El Mundo Austin & San Antonio.     (512) 554-7572 or (956)346-5854