Tejano/Conjunto Accordion & Bajo Sexto 'Movimiento' dance music utilizing two & three part vocal harmony on original songs with politically, culturally, and socially conscious lyrics in English and Spanish making an interesting synthesis of a lot of different musical styles.
Formed at the University of Texas at Austin in the mid-1970’s, Conjunto Aztlan has gone through several formations, yet several elements are constant... the use of the button accordion, two and three-part harmonies, and original songs with politically, culturally, and socially conscious lyrics in English and Spanish. Current members include Jose Flores on bajo sexto, vocals, and guitar; Juan Tejeda on button accordion, vocals; Clemencia Zapata on drums, vocals, timbales and JJ Barrera on electric and upright bass. Although many of the songs performed by Aztlan are original composition of Juan and Jose, the group also performs traditional music typical of the Texas Conjunto style and is in demand at many festivals, universities, and political gatherings. Last September Conjunto Aztlan was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. All members of Aztlan continue to be active in the arts, education, and politics. Clemencia teaches and coordinates a Music in the Schools Program for AISD, JJ is active in issues involving musician’s rights while seeking equal opportunity air time for multi-cultural music through orginizations like the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, and Juan and Jose are college professors and recipients of the NISOD (teaching)Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin.
For more info on this style of music, see
this article in The Daily Texan and
Music: The Dialogue of Poets (Austin Chronicle . 04-20-98 )