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Flamenco Tablao at Vanessie Piano Bar in Santa Fe
February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In collaboration with Juan Siddi Flamenco, Casa Flamenca returns to Vanessie Piano Bar located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe! Don’t miss an exhilarating evening of flamenco dance and music featuring the electrifying and award-winning artist Juan Siddi, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Valeria Montes, world-famous guitarist Juani de la Isla, cello virtuoso Michael Kott, and famed gypsy flamenco singer José Cortés!
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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.
Flamenco singer José Cortés was born in Paris, raised in Marseilles and lives in California. His family is a Gypsy family from Almeria in Spain, and his singing career began at the age of 10 in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, where he won the prestigious “Premio del Joven Aficionado del Cante Flamenco” prize while accompanied by the great guitarist and singer Terremoto Hijo. In his formative years, José was deeply influenced by the legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla, who also mentored him. José has shared the stage with flamenco artists such as Alfonso Losa, Belen Lopez, Carmen Ledesma, Antonio Carmona of Ketama and Manuel Gutierrez.
Tickets $35 each (*PayPal purchase includes $1.31 PayPal fee per ticket*). Limited seating – don’t wait to buy tickets or seats may sell out!