Since the 1960s, Basque folk music has seen a very exuberant revival, with the rediscovery of many traditional instruments. Chief amongst those is the txalaparta, a device once used to communicate between the valleys, announcing weddings, deaths, and the completion of the latest sagardoa/cider batch. Today, the txalaparta is central to a number of folk music groups, in particular the band Oreka TX.
Oreka TX has gained international fame for their skill with the txalaparta, a fame which brings them to New Mexico as part of a US tour.
On Sunday, September 26, NMEE is extremely pleased to host Oreka TX for a free private event, including a live performance and then a video presentation of their travels performing with other folk groups around the world. The venue is still being finalized; stay tuned. Donations to help offset the costs are welcome.
For more information about the txalaparta, you can visit this Wikipedia article:
For more information about Oreka TX, you can visit their website at