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Pachanga Fest preview: Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia say to play what’s in your heart

By Liliana Valenzuela - ¡ahora sí!

It’s not every day that you get to see a woman playing the button accordion in the Conjunto or Tejano style of music. In Texas, there was Eva Ybarra starting in the ’70s, and from California, Chavela Ortiz and the Brown Express in the ’70s and ’80s. But in Austin we have our own Susan Torres.

Born in San Marcos and raised in Kyle, the 38-year-old Torres was destined to play, considering that she grew up in a family of musicians, and learned to play Conjunto style on the button accordion when she was 17. But the style she performs with Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia is a mix of jazz, blues, cumbia and other rhythms.

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