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Kalakan trio to play concerts on the West Coast

Kalakan trio playing at the Chino Basque Club. Photo by Linda Indaburu Iriart

Kalakan trio playing at the Chino Basque Club. Photo by Linda Indaburu Iriart

Kalakan trio playing at the Chino Basque Club. Photo by Linda Indaburu Iriart

Kalakan trio playing at the Chino Basque Club. Photo by Linda Indaburu Iriart

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Kalakan trio playing at the Chino Basque Club. Photo by Linda Indaburu Iriart

By Mitchell Handler

Kalakan, a Basque band who played with superstar Madonna during her tour last year, will be performing at multiple events on the West Coast through early October.

They are arriving Thursday and will give a workshop for young accordionists, part of the Txantxangorriak group in Boise. On Saturday night, they will be performing in Mountain Home, where many Boise Basques are expected to attend to hear them play. On Sunday, Sept. 29, the band will play at the St. Michael’s Festival in Ontario, Oregon before moving on to California to perform at dinner shows. The group will perform on Friday, Oct. 4 in South San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5 in Bakersfield and Sunday, Oct. 6 in Chino. Their tour ended with shows in New York City, for the New York Basque Club centennial celebration.

Kalakan plays traditional Basque music using a mix of percussion instruments, including txalaparta, danborrak, pandereta and ttun ttun. The group, composed of Thierry Biscary, Jean Michel Bereau and Xan Errotabehere, better known as Ttirritt, Jamixel and Xan, first met Madonna in 2011 during her vacation in southwest France. In 2012 they participated in the star’s MDNA world tour.

They played one of their songs “Sagarra Jo” with Madonna as part of her tour and she also revamped an old song, “Open your heart,” to include Kalakan.

Madonna told fans during her concerts that she met Kalakan when they played at a birthday party for her  while she was visiting the Basque Country and she invited them to join her on her tour.

See more reports on Kalakan’s tour with Madonna:

Madonna admires Basque culture

Madonna kicks off World Tour with Basque band Kalakan

Madonna to collaborate with Basque trio


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  1. Leonard Bloom on September 26th, 2013 7:05 am

    I am happy Nancy Zubiri forwarded me this preview of the Basque band Kalakan. Frankly, I had not known beforehand of this trio of performers, but of the given two minutes plus I watched of their style of music-making, I was very delighted to be exposed to their rich artistic talents. Zorionak!

  2. Rosemary on October 29th, 2013 7:29 pm

    As far as I am concerned,this group added so much to the MDNA tour that when I watch the concert over again, I fast forward to the segment where Madonna introduces them. Their voices are rich and beautifully blended, and their instruments fit right in without overpowering.I’ll be on the lookout for tickets for this original ( and very handsome ) group !

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