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Homage to Eva Ybarra, 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Homage to Eva Ybarra, 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to honor Mexican-American accordionist Eva Ybarra for her receipt of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Eva Ybarra, the "Queen of the Accordion," is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border, and is distinct to that region. Using the accordion as the lead instrument, conjunto bands perform dance music based on Mexican and Czech-German folk forms such as the polka, mazurkaschottishe, waltz, and huapango. As the leader of Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto, Ybarra has specialized in writing and composing original conjunto music while also exploring non-standard chord progressions, advancing the art form's evolution.

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to the United States' traditional arts heritage.

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Please note that out of respect for our performers and other guests, doors will close at 7:15.


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