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Mercedes Mendive & Melodikoa

Mercedes Mendive (second from left) began learning piano accordion from the late Bernardo Yanci at age 10. His mentoring, musical technique and style have given her a unique interpretation of Basque music, which she elaborates upon with modern influences. She spent 11 years in Miami, Florida, before returning to her roots in Elko where she now writes music, plays for the Basque dancers, performs at various festivals and teaches accordion. Mercedes released her first album, Journey to Euskadi, in 2003. She is joined by musicians from Elko’s Melodikoa, including Ken Harriman (guitar), Janet Iribarne (tambourine, txistu) and Beau Steward (percussion).  https://www.basquemuseum.com/content/mercedes-mendive