LoCura & Flametal
La Peña N.E.A. sponsored Flamenco at the Crossroads series grand finale: Exploration of Flamenco Fusions featuring 2 genre-bending pioneers LoCura & Flametal. Also a Guitar clinic with Ben Woods of Flametal at 3:30pm 5pm ($10 or free with a ticket to the show). Flamenco guitarist Benjamin Woods will demonstrate and teach authentic flamenco guitar and crossover techniques for the rock/metal/Latin/folk guitarist. This one hour and clinic is open to questions from the audience and encourages participation. Bring your guitar and enthusiasm!
At 8pm: Lec/Dem and Discussion on flamenco fusions with Ben Woods, Bob Sanders & Chuy Varela of KCSM Radio. The evening concludes with performances with Flametal and Locura.
LoCura is Califas Mestizo music. Direct from San Francisco's fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux.
Reflecting lead vocalist Kata's own experience of growing up Spanish-American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura's music rides the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. In Spain the expression "Ida y Vuelta" is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a "round-trip" from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative 'rebelde' spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.
Flametal: Pioneering a new genre, Flametal's unique and highly skilled musicians led by guitar master Ben Woods, fuse traditional Flamenco formulas with Metal, as they drive full steam ahead into uncharted territory. Their exploration of the two form's similarities underlines passionate intensity, the abundant use of phrygian and harmonic minor scales and machine gun-like timing with percussion.
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La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
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