Not long after Txantxangorriak emerged. With the help of Euzkaldunak, Inc. eight button accordions were purchased, and in the first year seven triki players took lessons. Accompanying them were six pandereta students. Each year the group grows in numbers. Five of the original members have recently purchased their own triki'
s from Euskadi.
The musical group from Boise has traveled to several Basque Festivals throughout the western United States, as well as American Festivals, including the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, Washington and Trailing of the Sheep in Hailey, Idaho.
[One of the founders, Gina Ansotegui-Urquidi, introduces the group to the crowd at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, Washington (Photo Courtesy Txantxangorriak)]
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Dancing in Boise typically starts when the child is very young and continued into their adult life. But its a different story for those exposed to music. Organizers, Ana Mendiola, Gina Ansotegui-Urquidi and Dan Ansotegui knew forming the new group would open the world of traditional Basque music to kids who never dreamed of playing, while protecting an art form in Boise and around the world.
[Txantxangorriak members take time from their music playing to pose for a group foto, in front of Epi's Basque Restaurant in Meridian, Idaho. The group is made up of triki and pandereta players. Adults and children both play (Photo Courtesy Txantxangorriak)]
Txantxangorriak practices in eight week sessions on Tuesday nights at the Basque Center. Classes are instructed by Dan Ansotegui on the triki and Sean Aucutt on the pandereta. Beginnings have already started. More advanced players will start practicing as a group in the next few weeks. Triki players must be at least ten years old. Pandereta players eight years old.
A troup of Young Pandero and Triki Players
Basque Community of Boise, ID
Boise Basque Center, Boise, ID
Boiseko Ikastola, Boise, ID
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Bihotzetik Basque Choir, Boise, ID
Cenarrusa Center for Basque Studies, Boise, ID
Basque Studies Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Boise, ID