Manuel Ocamica


Manuel was born in Bedarona, Bizkaia on June 17, 1915.  A relative who had immigrated to the United States, Bernardina Ocamica, sent Manuel the money to buy his first accordion.  He seemed to have an innate love of music and always played by ear. 

John Barrutia

John Barrutia began playing the harmonica in the late 1950s.  He was self-taught and would listen to music and then would try to play the songs by ear.  He remembers playing with a group that he used to chum around with – Ray Mansisidor, Simon Achabal, and Al Erquiaga.  John recalls traveling up to Sun Valley with this group of friends and sleeping in a tent overnight and then playing music as the entertainment for a gathering up there in the 1950s or 60s.

Jake Murgoitio

Jake Murgoitio.

Jim (Jimmy) Jausoro passed down his passion for music to a young musician, Jake Murgoitio, of Boise, ID.  Prior to learning piano accordion, Jake danced with the Herribatza Dantzariak (Homedale, ID) for approximately nine years under the direction of Gloria Garatea Lejardi.

Joseba Etxarri

2014 Bakersfield, Accordion Festival - Euskal kazeta photo

Patrick Barinaga Williams

Patrick began playing his uncle’s accordion in the fourth grade as a summer break from piano lessons.  He enjoyed it and at the beginning of his eighth grade year, at the age of thirteen, he began taking lesion from Jimmy Jausoro.  He met regularly with Jimmy during 1996 and 1997 and then he continued to play for Boiseko Gasteak, the young Basque dance group in Boise, Idaho, until he went to the Air Force Academy after graduating from high school in 1999 and then began his career as a pilot.

Josi Barinaga Williams

Josi Barinaga  Williams playing in the Basque Museum for Boiseko Gasteak

Jean Cinquambre

Jean Cinquambre was born on October 19, 1921 in Erratzu, Spain, to Antonio and Maria (Mindegea) Cinquambre. He went to school in Spain and moved to France in 1940 where he farmed. He joined the French Army and served from 1947 until 1949. In April of 1960, at the age of 39, he moved to the U.S. and went to work in Kaycee, Wyoming on the Blue Creek Ranch. He worked on various ranches in Wyoming throughout his life.

John Ochandorena

John Ochandorena played solo on the piano accordion and also played duets with his sister, Maria Angeles “Angie” in the Chino, California area during the 1980s and 1990s.  John could also play keyboards. John and Angie also played for the Mendiko Haurrak Orchestra. 

Following is a recording of John playing at the NABO Accordion Festival at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center in 1994.

Miren Lete

2005, July - Miren Lete playing accordion.

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