World Music Week (November 5 - November 12) at the Butler School brings together ensembles within Ethnomusicology. See the full schedule below for all the opportunities to join us in-person or stream live through our website!
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, 7:30PM
The Tex-Mex Conjunto was established at UT Austin Fall 2006. Under the instruction of Joel Guzman (accordion) and J.J. Barrera (bajo sexto), students have the opportunity to learn a repertoire of Texas Mexican music. Students learn how to play melodies, rhythms, and instrumentals from a variety of Tex-Mex traditions. Instruments are provided and students may bring their own. Singing in Spanish (and English) is encouraged.
Works to be studied and/or performed include the following Tejano (Texan) conjunto dance rhythms: polkas, waltzes, redovas, mazurkas, schottizes, danzones, paso dobles, boleros, cumbias and huapangos. It is possible, based upon student interest, that other traditional working class music such as zydeco, cajun, country western, blues, rock n’ roll, and swamp pop may also be explored.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 7:30PM
The University of Texas Caribbean Ensemble is a group comprised of students, most enrolled in degree programs within the School of Music. Some have close ties to Latin America, others have little firsthand knowledge of the languages and cultural forms associated with its many regions. All, however, have expressed a desire to learn more about Caribbean music and culture. Members meet once a week for general rehearsals, and one or more additional times per week in smaller groups to practice. The Ensemble specializes in music of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic) and circum-Caribbean (coastal Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, and Brazil). It encourages participation by the general student body. Singers, percussionists, and other instrumentalists are all welcome.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, 7:30PM
The University of Texas Mariachi Ensemble (Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan) was founded in 1977 and named in honor of Dr. Américo Paredes (1915-1999). Under the direction and leadership of Ezekiel (Zeke) Castro, The University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble has become an outstanding musical organization at The University of Texas at Austin and in The Greater Austin Community.