Experience Flamenco like you have never seen and heard it performed during the 6th Annual Flamenco Festival from October 22 through October 30, 2011. Events take place throughout the Bay Area and include music and dancing sure to move you.
San Francisco has a thriving Flamenco community with weekly and monthly performances throughout town. If you have yet to experience a flamenco performance, read about Art of Flamenco to find a local performance near you. The Bay Area is fortunate to have the caliber of Flamenco performers and to attract talent from as far away as Spain for special performances, such as the upcoming Flamenco Festival.
Flamenco performances include not only the dancing that is most closely associated with flamenco, but also singing and guitar accompaniment. It takes all of these to create a memorable flamenco performance. The haunting music and dance creates an emotional response, even if you don’t understand the words, the meaning is impossible to miss. Here are some of the events you must attend:
Saturday, October 22 at 8pm
Opening Night: Direct from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: Diego del Morao performing a Tribute Concert to His Father, Legendary Guitarist Moraíto (1956-2011).
Born into one of the most important dynasties of the flamenco guitar, Diego del Morao is the grand-nephew of Manuel Morao and son of Moraíto, guitarists who developed the signature sound of traditional Jerez-style flamenco guitar accompaniment. He is one of the most sought-after guitarists on today’s scene, recording and touring constantly with flamenco’s most well-known artists such as Diego el Cigala, Niña Pastori, and La Macanita. Guitarists around the world emulate his technique.
Brava Theater, San Francisco; For tickets and information http://www.BayAreaFlamencoFestival.com; or call Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 838-3006 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; $25/$45/$65.
Sunday October 23 at 7pm
Diego el Cigalo: Spanish Gypsy singer just nominated for his third Latin GRAMMY, his Bay Area debut and first major North American tour.
Noted as a pioneer for his unique approach to Latin American music forms such as the bolero, tango and Afro-Caribbean jazz, Cigala has deep roots in the culture of Spanish Gypsy flamenco. This is his North American debut.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus; For tickets and information http://www.BayAreaFlamencoFestival.com; or call (800) 838-3006 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 838-3006 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Tickets not available through Cal Performances); $30/$50/$75.
Closing Weekend: Jose Maya: Flamenco Gitano de Madrid, First Bay Area Appearance performing in two locations.
Jose Maya is one of the most explosive dancers in Spain today, is a powerful figure in flamenco’s new generation. He comes from a family of Gypsy intellectuals in Madrid: artists, actors and writers, including painter Antonio Maya and dancer Fernanda Romero who helped introduce flamenco dance to US audiences in the early 1960s. Jose Maya has collaborated with many of the most well-known flamenco artists including Farruquito, El Güito, Manolete, Estrella Morente, Gerardo Núñez and Diego El Cigala, and has opened for pop stars Marc Anthony, Beyoncé and Björk.
Saturday October 29 at 8pm; Crocker Theater, Cabrillo College, Aptos/Santa Cruz; (800) 838-3006 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 838-3006 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Sunday October 30 at 7pm; Cowell Theater Fort Mason, San Francisco, (415) 345-7575 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (415) 345-7575 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; For tickets and information: http://www.BayAreaFlamencoFestival.com
The Flamenco Festival isn’t limited to watching others perform. If you’ve ever wanted to learn Flamenco, enroll in one of the workshops offered throughout the Bay Area:
Jose Maya: Bulerias por Fiesta
Berkeley, Oct. 22 & 23 daytime
Santa Cruz, Oct. 24-27 evening
Luis de la Tota, direct from Jerez de la Frontera
Oakland, Oct. 24 & 26 at 7pm
San Francisco, Oct. 30 at 1pm
Workshop Information here: http://www.BayAreaFlamencoFestival.com/WORKSHOPS.html
Karla Erovick 2011 article
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