Los Aztex Balalaika

@ Scottish Rite Theatre

Los Aztex & Flying Balalaika Brothers

Venue Details

207 West 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States (512) 472-5436

Joel Guzman
Having grown up in a musical family and playing accordion all of his life, Joel realized that the accordion had no limits. Born into a dual identity, both Mexican and American, Joel continues to merge both cultures into his accordion style. “I may play a box, but I don’t want to be put in one” testifies 2-time Grammy award winner Joel Guzman. One blogger at letspolka.com called Guzman “probably the best three-row diatonic player in the country,” and added, “he can play anything from traditional conjunto to jazz and beyond”. Guzman, a child accordion prodigy, was given title “El Pequeno Gigante” by his peers. Guzman has long been known to his peers as the most versatile and virtuoso accordionist in Texas.

Sarah Fox is the main songwriter and driving vocal behind Latin Rock outfit Los Aztex. With a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, Sarah was exposed to the best of several worlds including top artists in salsa, ranchera, blues, as well as jazz music. In 1999, Sarah joined Los Super Seven (RCA/Nashville) as a guest vocalist. The Mexican Roots CD received a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. She quickly followed with “Short Stories” (Hightone Records), and Latinology (GFR). Both projects mixed folk and jazz creating an excellent fusion of tropical rhythm and roots music.

Joel Gabriel made his professional music debut at the 30th Annual Conjunto Festival in San Antonio,TX. at the age of 14. The young apprentice is perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning group Los Aztex. His skills as a guitarist and accordionist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business. Musically trained by his father, Joel Gabriel began performing professionally in his mid teens. After taking up guitar he was soon putting his skills to use as an accompanist, culminating with performances with Los Aztex at Le Gran Soufflet in Rennes,FR, Pueblo Fest, Tulare,CA, and many summer festival stages from Texas to Louisiana.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, ated by two Russian musicians, combines classical training with folk traditions. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion. They will also play original music by Zhenya Rock, composer.
Tickets (at the door):
• Adults: $20
• Seniors and Students: $10
• Students and children under 12: free
Advance tickets online:
This performance is made possible with support from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Artsand Great Promise for American Indians.

To learn about upcoming shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.netor at (512) 656-6865.