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Basque Troubadours



Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm



Basque Troubadours

Join us for a very special evening with bertsolaris

Amets Arzallus & Julio Soto

Hosted by

Joseba Iñaki Lopez de Luzuriaga with the collaboration of Edith Leni


Bertsolariak have been Basque troubadours entrenched for ages in the Basque Country's (Span and France) culture and social fabric. With the rise of the written and image culture, the tradition of bertsolariak was recreated and spread to a wide audience.

The evening will consist of the viewing of a 10-minute trailer of Bertsolari, the movie, followed by a discussion of the age-old, but still contemporary Basque tradition of the bertsolariak and its connection to other oral traditions, such as payadores and repetistas, finished with a bertso (poetry) improvisation by Amets Arzallus and Julio Soto.

The event will be conducted in English and Spanish (Basque and French when relevant).

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, the Etse Pare Basque Institute, and the Language Center