Chris Bieter

Chris Bieter on Guitar

Chris Bieter has been a part of many Basque language and cultural projects over the years.  His interest was sparked while participating in the Basque Studies abroad program in Onati, Gipuzkoa in 1974-75 which his father, Pat Bieter, who was a professor at Boise State University, helped establish.

He began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen and has learned to play countless Basque and non-Basque songs by ear.

Members of the Oinkari Basque Dancers remember Chris on many bus trips as they headed down highways and back-roads to perform at festivals and other gatherings all over the West.  His repertoire is expansive with as much ease at playing and singing “Trailers for Sale or Rent” or “It’s a Wonderful World” to familiar Basque tunes to sing or dance to.  Chris inspired many a dancer to learn Euskara, the Basque language, or to learn to play music through his welcoming spirit of encouraging people to participate and play or sing along with him.

Chris Bieter was instrumental in the Basque Music of Boise, Vol. I (1995) recording project and was adamant that the liner notes contain the lyrics for the songs.  Euskara is important to Chris and he, along with other interested parents, helped establish Boiseko Ikastola, Boise’s Basque preschool in 1998. He began dancing with the Oinkari Basque Dancers in 1970 and was a member of the original Abeslariak Basque Choir established in 1972.  He was one of the founding members of the Biotzetik Basque Choir in 1986 and was a founding band member of Ordago (1986-1995) and Gaupasa (1996-2006) and continues to accompanying the Boiseko Basque Dancers (the children’s dance group) at their weekly practices, teaching the youngest dancers to sing some songs and he also plays for their dance practice.

Chris has been an adamant supporter of Basque culture for most of his life.  He was proud to accompany his daughter, Madalen Bieter-Lete, on the Basque Music of Boise – Vol. II CD (2015) and he and his wife, Nere Lete, have been wonderful examples for their three children to continue to promote and perpetuate Basque culture in the Boise Basque community and beyond.

July, 1991 - L-R - Chris, Mark, & Dave Bieter & Tim Donahue - Special wedding rehearsal song for a cousins wedding.


1; Chris Bieter with Ordago with a song he wrote entitled, “Maiteminduta” – Basque Music of Boise, Vol. I (1995).

2; Chris Bieter & Madalen Bieter-Lete – Basque Music of Boise, Vol. II (2015).

Audio Recording: 
Maiteminduta, Ordago.
Xalbadorren Herriotzean, Madalen Bieter and Chris Bieter.