Recently I was invited out to the Mendeguia sheep camp for a picnic with some of the visiting USAC scholars. The Mendeguia sheep camp is the Sierra Nevada, north of Truckee, California. Although the Mendeguia’s retired many years ago, they continue to consider this a very special home away from home and it was treat to spend time there with them.
As is often the case at a Basque get together, an instrument appeared (in this case a trikitixa), and everyone enjoyed the songs, especially the daughter of one of the USAC visiting scholars, who decided to accompany the accordionist with an improvised txalaparta!
Here is another video, of the txalaparta, that is included as an extra on the accompanying DVD to our great ethnomusicography, Alejandro Aldekoa: Master of Pipe and Tabor Dance Music in the Basque Country. The video originally aired on Basque television in the 1980s.