Saturday, February 11, 2012

Basque Music and History at Library

An Afternoon of Basque Music and History

Don’t miss this!

Dave Lachiondo
February 25
4:00 p.m.
Garden Valley District Library
85 Old Crouch Rd.

Victor Hugo once responded to the question "Who are the Basques" by saying, "The people who sing and dance at the foot of the Pyrenees." While recognizing the subjectivity of this definition, interaction with Basques through cultural events has been the entry point for many who seek to understand this unique culture. This program will combine elements of Basque music, using instruments such as the accordion, txistu (Basque flute), and tambourine (pandero), to illustrate the different Basque musical traditions. In addition to traditional fandangos (jotas), arin-arins (porrusaldas), and bribilketas (serpentine Basque street dances), there will be sea ballads, children's songs and lullabies, as well as a variety of work songs. Enjoy some Basque goodies and refreshments!

Dave Lachiondo is the son and grandson of Basque immigrants to Idaho. Born in
1947, he is a career educator who has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and school and district administrator in Idaho’s public and parochial schools. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California, in 1969; his Master’s in Education from Idaho State University, in 1973; and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Idaho, in 1985. He is presently the Director of the Basque Studies Program at Boise State.

This program is funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Submitted by Bob Seal

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