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Gilbert

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Gritos Del Alma Folks Art Program

Guadalupe Guzman y Los Guzmanes was one of the best-known groups to perform in the Yakima Valley. The group began with bajo sexto player Guadalupe Guzman, who settled in Sunnyside in 1948. Born in Edinburg, in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Mr. Guzman followed the migration of farm workers outside of the state and eventually made his home in Washington state. He developed a close friendship with his neighbor, Santiago Almeida, whose musicianship was already known to him via his numerous recordings with the great conjunto accordion pioneer Narcisco Martinez. From Mr. Almeida, Mr. Guzman learned many more polkas, waltzes, redovas, schottisches, and rancheras.

As Mr.Guzman’s nine children grew older, he taught them one at a time to play various instruments. In the late 1960’s, the Guzman Family conjunto began performing for local weddings, quinceaneras, anniversaries, and social events within the Texas-Mexican community. The group’s repertoire included songs Mr.Guzman brought from Texas, new songs he and the family learned from traveling conjunto and tejano artists, and songs written by local musicians and friends.

Although all of his children are now grown with their own families and careers, the Tejano culture and conjunto tradition remains prominent in their lives. Mr. Guzman’s accordionist son, Joel Guzman, now lives in Texas and is one of the top musicians, producer, and Grammy Award winner in contemporary tejano music. His daughter Teresa still sings with brother-in-law Juan Barco in their Tejano group, and his son Manuel has helped revive the family-owned recording-studio. Manuel is working with a number of local groups to make their music available to the public. A reunion of the Guzman family is featured in the cassette with Teresa Guzman on vocals, son-in-law Juan Barco, on bass (also one of the program’s emcees), and Mr.Guzman on the bajo sexto.

Gritos del Ama is produced by Jack Straw Productions KDNA, and the Folk Arts Program of the Washington State Arts Commission. The project was sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission with funding support from the King County Arts Commission, the Lila Wallace Fund for Folk Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts Program.

   

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Wow, I'm from Edinburg and didn't even know this.  I'll see if I can buy that CD to listen to their Music.  It must be great!

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Wow!!! I work in Sunnyside WA. .... and I didn't even know that!
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I saw Mr. Guzman play along with Joel at last years conjunto festival workshop. It was priceless!!! It's awesome to see two generations combine to make such a powerful sound!!!

 

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Joel Guzman and his father el maestro Guadalupe Guzman jamming at the TCF 2005

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wow..I wish I knew how to play

 the bajo


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Gilbert, did you say a cassette is available? Can you tell us where we can buy it, or if it's available in CD format as well? Thanks.

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Looks like I can answer my own question. After researching Gilbert's writeup, I found the following website: http://www.arts.wa.gov/default.html?progFA/faHome.html~accontent and click on the "Gritos Del Alma" under Special Programs and it will show you how to obtain the cassette Gilbert talks about plus a very informative book on Mexican-American Music Traditions of Washington State.  Thanks Gilbert...........Rick
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Saludos Rick,

Thank you for posting that information.  You found it before I could answer you.  Nonetheless, gracias!

 

 

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I grew up in Sunnyside. My brother Joe and I learned how to become exceptional musicians, thanks to our dad Lupe Guzman. It is because of him that we were able to perform with major recording artists of the time; Tony de La Rosa, Paulino Bernal, Oscar Hernandez, Mando Pena, Manuel Solis, Ramiro de La Cruz, Carlos Guzman, Mel Villareal, Juan Hinojosa, Ruben Vela, Lydia Mendoza, Sonora Santanera, Los Broncos de Reynosa, The original Dos Gilbertos..  plus many more amazing musicians.

I attended the best University in the land (The University of Lupe Guzman).  

I am honored to be returning to my hometown with my partner Sarah and our band Conjuntazzo at the Eagles Lodge - Sunnyside,Washington - Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Joining us is Manuel Guzman, my son Gabriel Guzman, Zeke Galvan, and Robert Casillas jr. 

For more information, visit:  
https://www.facebook.com/joel.guzman.77985741?ref=tn_tnmn
 


Mil Gracias,
Joel Guzman
http://www.guzmanfox.com


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