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Conjunto Los Pochos

Conjunto Los Pochos

Conjunto Los Pochos' core members, Otoño Luján (button-accordion) and Elliott Baribeault (bajo sexto), met in 1996 at the California Institute of the Arts. The two Southern California natives played traditional conjunto music as a duet at backyard barbeques and for anyone who wanted to enjoy conjunto music. In the summer of 1997, the four-piece ensemble Conjunto Los Pochos was born. The band's name initially came about to address the perceived peculiarity of a bunch of (primarily) acculturated Mexicans (Pochos), barely speaking Spanish and playing "Norteño" music (border music from Northern Mexico). Ironically though this music - having stemmed from the merging of European and Texas-Mexican cultures in the late 1800's - continues to reflect the process of Pochismo (or acculturation) through its lyrics and music. The band plays conjunto music (also known as Conjunto Tejano or Conjunto Norteño, though the styles vary from region to region), whose tradition dates back to the arrival of European immigrants to South Texas. Initially, the music was played for and by working class folks, at acoustic dances with only two instruments: the accordion and the bajo sexto. The music has evolved through several periods, now incorporating drums and amplification. Dances continue to be a part of social life for many Angelenos. Our community includes folks from all ages and varying income levels and occupations. For many, conjunto music represents a connection to a culture that is in flux and where traditions are being lost. For others, they are getting to experience music from another perspective, one of newness - a happy and vibrant music that's great to dance to.

Conjunto Los Pochos has lived this music at dance halls, weddings, concerts and a variety of venues from the Eastside to the Westside, throughout Southern California and across the country. They have developed their unique sound that combines elements of both Texas and Mexico conjunto styles with original music as well as classic favorites. They have been joined by Ernesto Molina (1999) and veteran musician, Lorenzo Martinez (2001), who tour with the band and play on their newly released CD “Margie's.” Los Pochos has performed regularly at the Annual Grassroots Music Festivals in New York and North Carolina and at the Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The band has appeared on KMEX/Channel 34's “Los Angeles Al Día” and has performed alongside legendary musicians such as Poncho Sánchez, Los Dos Gilbertos, Flaco Jimenez and Little Joe y La Familia. In addition to performing at social events and public shows, we also play private parties and teach classes in our respective instruments.

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