Casa Flamenca Tablao at VARA Wines
Featured artists include:
Juani de la Isla is a world-renowned flamenco guitarist from Isla San Fernando in southern Spain. He began his musical education studying with the great flamenco singer Rafael Romero, has been a student of the celebrated flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar, and has also been trained in the gypsy flamenco style of Morón – a small pueblo in the heart of Andalusia’s flamenco country. He has accompanied and composed for some of the greatest flamenco artists of this century. For over a decade, he was Musical Director for the popular flamenco singer “El Barrio”. His recording career includes participation on more than 100 albums with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists as well as his solo CD, Libertad en Mis Manos. He returns for a second season with Casa Flamenca’s tablaos and our community workshop, Flamenco without Borders.
Born and raised in Germany, dancer Juan Siddi currently resides in Santa Fe, NM where his high-profile presence as a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher garnered him the 2011 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Since the age of 9, he has performed and toured extensively at renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe and the United States. Juan Siddi has been described in the Santa Fe New Mexican as “a bundle of beautiful energy tempered by technique and taste.”
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.