Sabin Landaluce

1962 - Domingo Ansotegui, Jimmy Jausoro, and Sabin Landaluce playing.

Sabin Landaluce was born in Gatika, Bizkaia on October 27, 1918. Sabin's childhood was divided between chores at home, going to school, and learning to play the txistu and tambolin.  By the time he was 12, he was playing the txistu at festivals in Gatika and surrounding towns.  Before long, he was teaching others to play as well.  

At 17, Sabin volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War with the Basque Government Army. He was taken prisoner when Bilbao fell in June 1937 and served out his sentence in various prisons in Spain, finally being released after being incarcerated for seven years and ten days. 

He immigrated to the U.S. finally settling in Boise in the late 1950's and worked and raised his family there. Sabin was a gifted musician and helped establish the Oinkari Basque Dancers, playing the txistu for the group from 1961 to 1968. Sabin passed away on April 1, 2002.

1962 - Domingo Ansotegui, Jimmy Jausoro, and Sabin Landaluce playing.

Text by Eneko Tuduri.