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