sábado, 29 de mayo de 2010

June 1st KEPA JUNKERA will give a Masterclass and a small musical performance at the Stanford University, California

Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 18:00
Location: German Library, Pigott Hall, Room 252
Light refreshments will be served.

The composer and musician Kepa Junkera, one of the most important Basque musicians of our time, producer, performer and composer of all his songs of the 17 albums that make up, till today, his musical career, including his amazing Bilbao 00:00h as one of his key works. In 2004 Kepa received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Music for K and HIRI was named the best album of folk music in Europe by the World Music Charts.

Kepa Junkera will be introduced by the distinguished Basque writer, Bernardo Atxaga, who is Eusko Ikaskuntza Visiting Professor if the Basque Culture at Stanford University. Mr Kepa Junkera will offer an evening of Basque music spiced with the interpretation of a variety of traditional Basque music instruments.

domingo, 23 de mayo de 2010

KEPA JUNKERA will perform at the Chino Basque Club

Kepa Junkera will be visiting the Chino Basque Club on Saturday evening May 22. He previously played at the Basque Cultural Center.

Junkera told Euskal Kazeta that his visit to Chino will coincide with a recording session in Los Angeles, where he will perform with blues musicians. He also hopes to work on a new music video while he is in the area before returning to the Bay Area after the Chino concert. In recent months, Junkera has been trying something new by recording with artists from a variety of genres. The songs have been in Euskera, the Basque language.

Junkera is probably the best internationally known Basque musician. He won his Latin Grammy in 2003 for Best Folk Album.

Raised in the Basque province of Bizkaia, Junkera has temporarily relocated his family to the Bay Area while he works with different artists in the U.S. and Latin America.

Information gathered by the http://euskalkazeta.com

viernes, 14 de mayo de 2010

Accordian player and pianist make beautiful Basque music together in Boise

BOISE - Basque button accordion player Kepa Junkera, above left, is in Idaho working on a three-year project to record Basque music with musicians and singers from all over the world.

In Boise, he's recording with pianist Paul Tillotson, right, and singer Curtis Stigers, as well as bass player Rod Wray and drummer Spencer Martin from the Basque band Amuma Says No.

"Kepa is bringing Basque music and having American musicians interpret music in their own way," said Boise producer Gloria Totoricaguena. "Stigers and Tillotson grew up with Basque people; they know Basque culture and the Basques know them."

Junkera will give a free solo accordion concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Basque Center. "Indescribable," says Totoricaguena. "His accordion is his voice, his interpretation. It's a real lesson in artistry."

News and picture gathered from www.idahostatesman.com May 14,2010

lunes, 10 de mayo de 2010


Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera to perform in Boise on May 15th

Kepa Junkera is probably the best internationally known Basque musician in the world of Basque trikitixa diatonic accordion.

Grammy Award winning Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera will perform a free concert at the Basque Center this Saturday, May 15th, 2010, following the Mother's Day dinner.

Kepa Junkera is probably the best internationally known Basque musician in the world of Basque trikitixa diatonic accordion. Part of Junkera’s fame is his tendency to take traditional Basque music and give it a twist, creating something altogether new.

Beginning the instrument at a very young age, he was encouraged by his grandfather and his mother and Junkera quickly developed his own style. By 1983 he began playing with Oskorri, the leading Basque folk band of the day, performing and recording with them.

Kepa Junkera, from Busturia, Bizkaia, won his Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. He has two gold releases and won multiple international awards, bringing recognition to the Basque Country and appreciation to Basque music. He has recorded film soundtracks and 17 CDs and is finishing his latest CD featuring Boise musicians and singers.

Information from the eitb.com