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Expressive Idaho: The Basque Accordion Builds Community In Idaho

Arlie Sommer
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Dan Ansotegui plays the push button accordion in his restaurant, Ansots Basque Chorizos and Catering, in front of a cooler stocked with cured meat.

From Boise’s Basque Block to the Jaialdi Festival, to the Trailing of the Sheep in Ketchum, music and food, Basque culture plays a big role in southern Idaho and Dan Ansotegui has played a big role in promoting that.

Ansotegui teaches traditional Basque push button accordion music that accompanies many community events.


We continue our cultural series, Expressive Idaho, with Ansotegui’s story. Arlie Sommer produced this in partnership with the Idaho Commission on the Arts