FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2018
Texas Folklife presents 2018 “Huapango Sin Fronteras” Festival Informational Session
Featuring Live Music by all-female son huasteco group Las Palomitas Serranas
Presentation by Musician and Teacher Nesta Velazquez and Festival Information from Festival Founder and Organizer Raul Orduña
WHO: Son Huasteco group Las Palomitas Serranas, Nesta Velazquez and Raul Orduña
WHAT: Presentation regarding huapango music and the 5th annual “Huapango Sin
Fronteras” Festival in Austin, Texas with performances by trovadores and musicians
WHERE: Texas Folklife Gallery: 1708 Houston Street, Austin, Texas 78756
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Open to members of the media and the public
CONTACT: Charlie Lockwood (512) 441-9255 or Raul Orduña (512) 554-7572
Texas Folklife is proud to serve as the fiscal sponsor of the Fifth, 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 Guanajuato, Mexico. The only event of its kind in the U.S., the festival provides a unique experience to enjoy one .
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, CA, will give a brief lecture about these Mexican folk and dance traditions, lending insight into their long history, practice and performance genres. Valazquez 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 be on hand to answer questions about the festival.
A sampling of the music will be provided by the all-famale son huasteco group Las Palomitas Serranas.
The group hails from Xichú, Guanajuato, and consists of Patricia González Oviedo on violin, Isabel Rodriguez Jacinto on violin, Julieta Gonzalez Oviedo on guitar, and vocalist Tulia González Oviedo on jarana.
Son huasteco is one of Mexico’s most distinctive and uplifting folk music traditions. It is characterized by elaborate violin improvisation, soaring falsetto vocals, and florid poetry, and hails from the Huasteca, one of Mexico’s most celebrated cultural regions.
The lecture and performance is open to the media and members of the public.
For more information and listen to a sample:
Photos of past festivals, courtesy of Texas Folklife:
Parking is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on street immediately in front of building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use spaces in the back or on the south side of the Recycled Reads building.
This program is supported in part by the members and Board of Texas Folklife, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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.
www.texasfolklife.org (512) 441-9255
About Huapango Sin Fronteras:
Huapango Sin Fronteras is only event of its kind in the U.S., the festival provides a unique experience to enjoy one .