WHO: Eduardo Vera Luna and Raul Orduña
WHAT: Guest presentation regarding huapango folk music and the “Huapango Sin Fronteras” festival in Austin, Texas / Music performance by Los Trovadores
WHERE: Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages)
WHEN: May 14, 1:00 pm
Open only to members of Texas Folklife and the media.
Cultural worker and photographer Eduardo Vera Luna will present a guest lecture about the Mexican folk and dance tradition, huapango, exploring its history, its origins in the Huasteca region of Mexico and the growing presence of the tradition in the United States. The Texas Folklife presentation will provide background information on the “Huapango Sin Fronteras” Festival in Austin to be held on May 31st.  This historic event is the first huapango festival in the United States to feature all U.S.-based musicians. For people who have never been to a small town or ranch huapango fiesta this festival will provide a unique experience to enjoy one of the most traditional music genres of Mexico with its dances and its people.
Eduardo Vera Luna has been involved with traditional Latin American music as a record label owner, photographer, and arts director for over two decades. He was president and owner of the independent record label Tenoch Records. In 2011, Vera Luna published the book, Maestros del Son, in which he researched and photographed many of the oldest traditional musicians in Mexico. His photos have appeared in Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, CuartoOscuro, and many other publications.
Also in attendance at the Texas Folklife informational session will be “Huapango Sin Fronteras”  organizer Raul Orduña, who will answer questions about the festival and also perform with his huapango group, Los Trovadores. Raul Orduña, born in Atarjea, Guanajuato, is a resident of Texas. With his group Los Trovadores, Orduña aims to preserve the tradition of huapango arribeño. The ensemble has performed throughout the United States and Mexico.
The lecture and performance will be open exclusively to the media and members of Texas Folklife. Attendance is free but RSVP is required at (512) 441-9255 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For information on becoming a Texas Folklife member, visit http://texasfolklife.org/info/membership .