Piano Accordion

Noeline Mocho

Noeline was born in Artesia, Los Angeles County, California in 1931. Her parents were both from Behe-Nafarroa, her father from Ainhize-Monjolose and her mother from Lasa. As with many Basque immigrants, they met each other in the new country. The father came in 1921. Noeline’s mother was working in a boarding house in L.A. as a maid.

Mike Bidart

Iñaki Dieguez (left) Mike Bidart (right) in a improvised concert. Photo Euskalkultura.

Joseph “Joe" R. Arralde

Joe was born in 1934 in Yakima, Washington, the son of Jose A. and Maria Elena (Elizalde) Arralde.  At a young age Joe took piano lessons and by the time he was 12, his mother took him to take accordion lessons from Yakima’s premier instructor, Al Maletta. Under Mr. Maletta’s tutelage, Joe’s skills increased and in his teens he became an instructor for the Maletta-Deccio Accordion Studio.  He went on to teach accordion for nearly twenty years at the studio.

Maria (Arruabarrena) Bilbao, Juanita (Auzqui) Bilbao & Joe Bilbao

c. 1928 - Juanita Bilbao & Joe Bilbao in Salt Lake City - Mary Auzqui Collection.

Jean Louis Curutchet

1997 - Jean Louis Curutchet on Accordion.

Jimmy Jausoro

Jim was the primary Basque musician in Idaho and an important musician for Basque social gatherings in Nevada and Oregon.  He contributed to the preservation and enhancement of Basque music and dance for over 50 years with the self-less sharing of his time and talent.  

Dolores Barroetabena Holbrook

1940s - Dolores Barroetabena playing accordion.

Dolores played during the war years with Angela Bicandi and Jimmy Jausoro and later on at the Basque Center of Boise after it was established in 1949. In the following years, she married, moved away from Boise and focused on raising her five children. She often played at the Delamar Boarding house, run by the Arguinchonas at 807 Grove Street.

Arego family

1933 - Vic (Victor) Arego on guitar and Marie Arego on accordion - Basque Picnic , Mode Country Club, Boise ID. 

Benito Arego and Eulogia Arginchona, the family parents, arrived to Boise around the years 1905-1906 coming from Elantxobe, Bizkaia. They opened and run several Boarding Houses in Boise during the golden years of the Basque immigration to Idaho. In one of those Arego boarding houses, Victor  Arego grew up among many siblings.

Jean Fletcher & his band

1984 - San Francisco, the Triskalari Musicians, Pilar Sangroniz and Jean Flesher playing in the Basque Festival.

Mercedes Mendive

Mercedes Mendive was born in Elko, Nevada, in 1970, to Joe and Veronica Mendive. She also lived in Reno and 11 years in Miami, Florida.

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