ACCORDION DREAMS is a musical journey into the heart and soul of conjunto, a unique musical tradition born in the 19th century that continues to thrive today. Conjunto, like jazz, blues, and rock and roll, is a distinct American musical genre that has had a major impact on the Mexican American community of the United states and one that is gaining fans around the world.
From its early German origins and humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century in South Texas, ACCORDION DREAMS showcases period recordings as well as rare archival footage and photographs of the distinguished pioneers. It also weaves in the exciting and unique new sound of today's innovators with performance clips of young rebel accordionists who are making the accordion a symbol for the younger generation and at the same time connecting them to a rich, cultural past.
ACCORDION DREAMS, filmed by Hector Galán in 2000, had a national broadcast premier on August 30, 2001 on PBS.