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Casa Flamenca Fundraiser Concert and Tablao at VARA with Special Guests Juani de la Isla Quartet and Carmen Ledesma
July 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
VARA is proud to partner with Casa Flamenca to host a special fundraiser concert and tablao featuring two spectacular performances by Juani de la Isla Quartet at 7:00 pm and Carmen Ledesma and Valeria Montes at 8:00 pm! Casa Flamenca is a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a vibrant, friendly community of individuals and artists who support the growth and development of world-class Flamenco art through programming and classes, for children through adults. Help support the performing arts in Albuquerque!
Premium tickets $125 for the Friday evening Tablao include:
Table seating with paella, tapas, and a glass of wine served before the show between 5:00 – 6:45pm.
VIP Unlimited tickets $350 for the Friday evening Tablao include:
Stage side seating with unlimited food and drink served prior to the show between 5:00 – 6:45pm.
Showtime begins at 7:00pm sharp.
As a highlight of the season, Casa Flamenca welcomes back flamenco living legend Carmen Ledesma. The achievements of Carmen Ledesma go back to 1960, when she made her debut at only four years of age. She trained under the legendary Enrique el Cojo, one of the founders of Seville’s unique style of flamenco dance. In 1983, she was awarded the prestigious Juana la Macarrona Prize at the National Flamenco Art Contest of Córdoba. She later went on to work with such greats as Antonio Gades in the National Ballet of Spain and in the famed companies of Mario Maya, El Farruco, and Curro Vélez, among other great dance figures. She is considered one of today’s most significant performers and one of the most recognized teachers and interpreters of the Sevillian school of flamenco. Carmen Ledesma returns to Casa Flamenca July 4th-13th for a series of special tablaos and dance workshops.
Dancer Valeria Montes is known as La Chispa (The Spark) for her passionate and vibrant interpretation of cante flamenco and for her complex rhythmic zapateado. She began her dance studies at the age of 5 in her native Mexico studying ballet, baile folklorico, and gymnastics. She eventually moved to Spain immersing herself in the world of flamenco; she was very fortunate to study with legendary families and artists of flamenco. Winner of the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship for Performing Arts, she is co-founder of the Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS). She serves as Artistic and Executive Director of Casa Flamenca.
Juani de la Isla Quartet is the globe-spanning array of top-notch musicians featuring the genius flamenco guitar of Spanish-born Juani de la Isla, the virtuosic musical skill of Latin jazz pianist/violinist Dr. Mariano Morales from Puerto Rico, the incisive playing of Cuban-born bassist Yosmel Montijo, and the passionate voice of flamenco singer José Cortés who hails from a renowned Spanish gypsy flamenco family. The quartet is sometimes joined by celebrated flamenco dancer and palmera Valeria Montes, born in Mexico, and artistic director of Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, NM. It is the aim of these world-class musicians to explore the fusion of rhythmic and melodic junctures between flamenco, Latin music and Latin jazz in the compositions and virtuosic improvisations of their genre-spanning performances.