FLAMENCO NIGHTS @ GALERIA WEST
The passion of Spanish Flamenco music and dance performance comes to the stage at the wonderfully intimate Galeria West art & music gallery in downtown Westfield, NJ on the last Friday of every other month at 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
This new bi-monthly concert performance event continues this evening with a performance by acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes and his special guest dancers and musicians. Mr. Cortes is joined by acclaimed flamenco dancer Maria Auxiliadora Fernandez Horrillo along with singer and dancer Barbara Martinez and dancer Jorge Navarro.
Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. He has premiered his work En la oscuridad de las minas at the Teatro Albeniz in Madrid, and in 1992 he had works premiered by the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. He has two books on Flamenco, El Dron del Faraon and Cruzando el Charco, published by the American Institute of Guitar. Mr. Cortes, was commissioned by Zorongo Flamenco to write a score for a dance drama called Garden of Names which was inspired by the novel of Lawrence Thornton's called "Imagining Argentina". He also wrote music for a childrens program on H B O called Fairy Tale for Every Child. He has toured with Jose Greco and Maria Benitez, and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the late Lola Flores. He has been guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera, and has been commissioned by and performed as Musical Director with the Guthrie Theater In Garcia Lorcas BODAS DE SANGRE. Mr. Cortes is artistic director of his own Flamenco Fusion group Amanecer Flamenco De Hoy, and also Musical Director of Mimbre Y Vareta and Zorongo Flamenco . Cortes is a third generation Flamenco guitarists and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.
Auxi Fernández, bailaora, was born in Cádiz in 1985. She started dancing at the age of five at Pilar Ogalla's School, and a few months later she performs for the first time on stage.
In 2000 she began to dance professionally at the Tablao " El Cordobés de Barcelona", staying there for a year acquiring the experience and the knowledge that one can only gain in a Tablao Flamenco.
In 2001 Auxi moves to Madrid and performs at the "Pregón de los Carnavales de Cádiz" with Sara Baras and from that moment she becomes a dancer in the Sara Baras Dance Company. Immediately Auxi becomes an international performer going on tour with shows "Maria Pineda" and "Sueños" in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Venezuela, China, Italy, Chile, Greece, Thailand, Germany, and France.. Auxi has performed on stages such as Spain's "El Teatro Real", New York's "City Center"; and Mexico's "Bellas Artes".
In 2005 she was invited by the master Chick Corea for the DVD recording of "Touchstone" at the Teatro Musical de Barcelona, and from that moment Corea asked her to perform with him on tour. As a result Auxi decides to leave the Sara Baras Dance Company.
In 2007 she begins to study dramatic arts at the "Juan Carlos Corazza School" and performs at various tablaos in Madrid y Barcelona such as: Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería, Corral de la Pacheca, Café de Chinitas, Cardamomo and the Cordobes.
In 2008-2009 Auxi continues her studies on interpretation, continues to perform in several tablaos, also joins the Tito Losada Dance Company performing in shows "Entretelones", "Mil y una noche", "Misa Flamenca" y "Alma gitana".
In 2010 Axi begins to work in the master Jorge Pardo's "Vientos Flamencos", and with the cantaora María Toledo in "Vivencias Flamencas" at the Castilla la Mancha theaters. She also performs in Majid Javadi's "Fusión música sufí/flamenco" with artists such as Nantha Kumar, Jorge Pardo, Pedro Eustache, Ara Malikian, Pablo Maldonado, María Toledo,
Majid Derakhshani In addition she also performed with Paco Heredia's Dance Company in the show "Pasión Gitana" featured in Costa Rica.
The year 2011 was a very significant year for Auxi, starting with a performance with guitarrist Aquilino Jimenez "El Entri" in a show called "Manantial Flamenco". She also gets the chance once again to perform with Jorge Pardo in a new show called "Indalusia", a fusion of flamenco and Indian music with great musicians such as Ashoke Pathak playing the sitar, Ambi Subramaniam playing the violin, Juan Diego Mateos playing flamenco guitar, and Ali y Luis de la Tota playing palmas amongst others. Auxi also performs in a new show by Paco Heredia called "Flamenco Emsamble". She also performs at the Festival Suma Flamenca with "Madrid Flamenco Joven". She returns to the tablao "El Cordobés" this time with the show "Barcelona Flamenca" and shares the stage with great artists such as La Tana, Antonio Zuñiga, David Cerreduela, Juan Amaya " El Pelón", Olga Pericet amongst others.
During that same year Auxi decides to travel to New York where she meets the Rolling Stones Project's saxophone player Tím Ries, and with him she performs in several renowned locations such as Droms, Small Club Jazz and the Hungary Embassy. Also, once again she performs with Chick Corea, this time in the legendary Jazz Club "Blue Note" celebrating his 70th birthday in the show "Flamenco Heart". Auxi also performs in the tablao flamenco "Alegrias en La Naciónal" and the "Ñ Lounge" located in the heart of Soho.
In 2012 she performs in the "Flamenco Festival NYC" and part of the "Tablao Alegrias en la Nacional" repertoire. She also participates in the photographic exhibit "Flamenca NY" by Angelica Escoto and in the flamenco documentary "The Sea is for Everybody" by Yaco Neches NYC. She continues to perform in the NY flamenco scene and once again at the tablao "El Cordobes" in the "Barcelona Flamenca" repertoire.
Barbara Martinez grew up in New York City performing in opera and theater. Originally from Venezuela and grand daughter of the great Morenita Rey and great niece of the iconic singer and actress Libertad Lamarque, she studied flamenco singing on scholarship in Seville, Spain. Barbara currently sings with her own repertoire of traditional and popular flamenco and music from Latin America and Brazil, as well as a collection of original songs influenced by music from the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and jazz. She has recently formed the Barbara Martinez Quintet, which performed to a sold out house at Carnegie Hall in February 2010. She was also gypsy dancer in Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera. Barbara currently performs with A Palo Seco Flamenco Company and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Espiritu Gitano + Friends and Gerard Edery Ensemble. She is one of few flamenco artists who perform regularly both as singer and dancer in local venues in New York City, such as The Wine Spot on Thursdays. Barbara is a music teacher at Ethical Culture Fieldston School and an Honors graduate of Brown University.
Jorge Navarro began flamenco dance instruction at the age of twelve in his homeland of Andalucia, Spain. He became a full-time dance company member six years later and performed throughout Europe and the Americas. The multi-cultural make-up of New York enticed him to stay, and he became a naturalized citizen more than twenty-five years ago. In the 1980's, Mr. Navarro founded his own dance company, which performed throughout North, South, and Central America.
He has toured worldwide as a principal dancer and director of Flamenco companies and has appeared on the great stages of Carnegie Hall, Jacob's Pillow and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His film credits include, among many others, "Take Me Out Tonight," "Death of My Past," and "Devil's Advocate." In addition to his role in Devil's Advocate, Mr. Navarro was the dance and choreography consultant to the director of the film and taught choreography to Al Pacino. Mr. Navarro has been teaching Flamenco dance for more than twenty years, conducting workshops across the United States, and as distantly as South Korea. Currently, Mr. Navarro is the Artistic Director of the The New York Center For Flamenco Performing Arts/ArtsFlamenco, as well as being the proprietor of Alegrias - a venue that hosts Friday & Saturday evening performances of Flamenco music and dance at La Nacional in New York City.
This evening of passionate flamenco puro reveals the pure emotional essence of this popular Iberian music and dance form. The musicians are joined on stage by accomplished dancers and together they celebrate the expressive flamenco as it takes on a new character and exposes the audience to the warmth of the human spirit as expressed through music and dance by these talented artists. The body movements and the facial expressions join with the artistry of the musicians and singers to create a spectacle that is a treat for both the eye and the soul. Come experience an evening of Spanish gypsy culture with the cast of this captivating music and dance celebration! Get your tickets early!
We recommend planning on enjoying a fine meal or dessert before or after the show at one of several fine restaurants in quaint downtown Westfield, NJ.
A portion of event proceeds benefits programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a New Jersey 501(c)3 not for profit corporation
Galeria West Art & Music Gallery (View)
111 Quimby Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
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