Blend of tradition, innovation is key

For 23-year-old accordionist Juanito Castillo, traditional conjunto is not even close to being the only type of music he wants to play.

“I like to keep a modern, hip vibe,” says the multi-instrumentalist widely regarded as Esteban “Steve” Jordan’s heir. Castillo will perform Saturday, May 19, at the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio.

Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the festival showcases conjunto musicians from across the country. This year’s festival, which kicked off May 15, culminates with a three-day series of shows at Rosedale Park.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sacultura/conexion/article/Blend-of-tradition-innovation-is-key-3563027.php#ixzz1v9IsPLtO


Reunion of accordion icons to honor their father

Juan Tejeda is betting big that the stars have aligned this weekend.

If all goes as planned, the co-founder and producer of the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio will have pulled off a fantastic coup: the historic reunion of brothers Flaco Jimenez and Santiago Jimenez Jr.

That’s expected at the finale at Rosedale Park on Sunday. Both award-winning musicians are on the bill with separate shows and will (according to Tejeda, Flaco and Santiago) play together at some point to honor their dad.

“It’s going to be history,” said Santiago.


Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Latin-Notes-May-17-2012-3562816.php#ixzz1v9HpDnrf

 


Flaco Jiménez: Will the ‘King of Conjunto’ finally play with his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr.?

The 31st annual TCF has attractions for all tastes: the young, the old, and the fusion-minded. But none of those attractions shine more than the potential for three, five, 10, 15 minutes, or whatever Flaco Jiménez and his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr. could give us.

The brothers, children of Santiago Jiménez Sr. and two of the greatest living legends of conjunto in their own right, haven’t recorded together since 1960, and haven’t played together since 1982, when they shared the stage with their father at the very first Tejano Conjunto Festival in 1982. While Santiago is ready for the gig, Flaco was surprised when I asked him about it.

“They have sort of a long duel, an estrangement of sorts,” said festival director Juan Tejeda. “Santiago is willing to do it, but I spoke mainly to Flaco’s son about doing a polkita or two in tribute to their father. That’s the plan, and we all hope it happens.

Read the whole article here: “Flaco Jiménez: Will the ‘King of Conjunto’ finally play with his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr.? 


La Santa Cecilia returns to their home away from home

“The band LOVES San Antonio,” writes Grammy-winning producer Sebastian Krys about La Santa Cecilia, the first band he signed for his label Rebeleon Entertainment. “It was the first city outside Los Angeles that they felt they really connected with fans, so it has a special place for them.”

Read more here – Music – San Antonio Current.


Tejano Conjunto Festival mixes old, new

As the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center‘s Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio celebrates its 31st incarnation, it does so by balancing the ways of the old guard with those who are searching for new directions.

Festival co-founder and organizer Juan Tejeda wouldn’t have it any other way…

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Tejano-Conjunto-Festival-mixes-old-new-3545787.php#ixzz1uUMXyyuG


Master Accordionist to Perform in Concert at Trinity University

SAN ANTONIO – Master accordionist Eva Ybarra and music scholar Juan Tejeda will visit Trinity University as part of Trinity University’s Legends of Texas Border Music Series. Tejeda, an instructor at Palo Alto College, will present “Xicanismo and Tejano/Conjunto Music: Local Music, Global Identity, and Vision” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. That evening, Ybarra will be accompanied by her conjunto group in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.

Before teaching at Palo Alto College, Tejeda taught bicultural studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has written and lectured on the history and socio-cultural significance and importance of Tejano and conjunto music. He is also the founder of the Tejano Conjunto Festival.

Ybarra teaches her style of music at two colleges in San Antonio and performs locally with her mariachi and conjunto groups. She has toured in Washington, Canada, New York City, and performed at the San Antonio Conjunto Festival for the last 15 years. She has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout the years, most recently with her induction into the 2010 Conjunto Hall of Fame in San Benito, Texas. Her style and music complexity compares to Esteban Jordan, Paulino Bernal, and Oscar Hernandez.

For more information on the Legends of Texas Border Music Series, contact Mary Anthony at 210-999-8441.

 

Master Accordionist to Perform in Concert at Trinity University | Trinity University | a mySA.com blog.


CONJUNTO TRADITIONS: ‘IT’S LIFE’

La Joya ISD festival brings conjunto youth, legends together

Guarded by posters of rock and pop legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Jackson, a group of young men from Palmview High School worked on perfecting the sounds of their region that holds strong routes throughout South Texas and Mexico since the 19th century.

“It has a good beat to dance to, to listen to,” said 17-year-old Omar Garza, an accordion player with La Tradicion, PHS’s conjunto group.

Read more here: Progress Times.


The International Accordion Festival’s battle against shrinking funds and ignorant lawmakers

Here is an interesting article about the international accordion festival coming to San Antonio - San Antonio Current.


30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival Poster!

Here is a message from Juan Tejeda on www.conjuntislife.com:

Camaradas de Conjunto: this morning at a press conference the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center officially unveiled the winning poster for the 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011. The winners of this year’s TCF Poster Contest were Al Rendon (photographer) and Robert Herzick (graphic designer) who collaborated on this year’s winning design. Pictured in the poster with accordion is Narciso Martinez. This picture was taken by Al Rendon at the 10th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival at Rosedale Park. Narciso Martinez was warming up prior to his performance at the festival. This is one of those rare photographs that captured “Don Chicho” smiling.

The complete musical line-up for the 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011, plus passes and ticket information is now available at www.guadalupeculturalarts.org Scroll down and click on Tejano Conjunto Festival. Spread the word y como siempre, gracias por su apoyo.  Juan



30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011 – Conjunto is Life.


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