The word "conjunto" is a Spanish word that refers to a musical style or genre of music, and it can also refer to a group, like one of my favorite conjuntos, Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto. The core instruments in a Tejano Conjunto band or group include the accordion, bajo sexto, bass, and drums. Tejano music involves a more instrumentation and modern influences from other genres, such as latin pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and hip hop. What type of other genres or modern popular music do you think will influence Conjunto or Tejano music in the next decade?
Dr. Virginia Rivas Champion is the lead vocalist of Virginia y Valor. She has been influenced by the sounds of Tejano and Conjunto music, Mariachis, Trios, and a variety of other music genres throughout her life. Dr. Champion is an accomplished professional in the field of education, yet her deep interest in music and singing led her to establish the group Virginia y Valor in 2018.
The group includes experienced and talented musicians from the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, including: Benigno “Benny” Layton, Jr. (accordion), Juan Miguel Cruz (bass), Rudy Garza, Jr. (keyboard), David Champion, Jr. (bajo sexto), Oscar Rios, Jr. (guitar), and, Alex “AJ” Espinosa (drums). Together, they have created a unique style of Tejano Conjunto music.
“Como Han Pasado Los Anos”, a Tejano version of a classic song was released on the Tejano Highway 281, 2019 Studio Sessions album. Virginia plans to release her first full album with Producer, Chris Rodriguez, under the Tejano Powerhouse Record Label in 2020.
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