Friday, February 8, the Plaza Playhouse Theater is pleased to present "Romance Andaluz" a Flamenco Show direct from Spain! Featuring award winning flamenco dancer, Lakshmi Basile. Joining Lakshmi on stage will be singer David de los Santos and guitarist Ethan Margolis. Tickets for this show range from $15 to $40 and may be purchased online or at the theater box office.
Lakshmi Basile began performing at age six with her parents' band The Electrocarpathians. She studied dance through primary, middle, and secondary school at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. She grew up within San Diego's flamenco scene, where her passionate artistic persona began to form.
After performing regularly as a flamenco dancer in California and studying classical dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lakshmi moved to Spain at age 20 to further her flamenco studies. She was fortunate to quickly be embraced by artists there and has come to work aside great artists such as Manuel Molina, Remedios Amaya, Joselito Mendez, Antonio Moya, La Hermenia, Carmen Ledesma, Antonio Rey and La Tona. She was given the nickname La Chimi (which is simply her own name re-pronounced).
In recent years, Lakshmi Basile "La Chimi" made history, being the first non-Spanish artist to win an award in the central flamenco contest, Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, in 2011. She also was granted an award in another primary contest, the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba. There she surprised flamenco critics and received stunning reviews: "un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo" (a heart-wrenching homage to the romantics of pure flamenco) Alberto García Reyes, ABC.
In ten years in Spain, Lakshmi has solidly founded her career in Sevilla, the cradle of flamenco. She performs daily as a soloist at El Palacio Andaluz in Sevilla and appears with major flamenco artists at private parties and festivals throughout the year. She has also performed in Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Great Britain and Denmark, and produced her own theatrical show in Spain, entitled Zarabanda, Lo Que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos. She is much sought after as a teacher by flamenco students in Spain.
About David de los Santos
David de los Santos is a flamenco singer born in Seville in 1984. He learned from the old gypsies, connoisseurs and artists from Morón, village of his maternal grandparents, and Seville. As a boy, his most outstanding qualities were "cante jondo" (song with depth) and especially rhythmic flamenco songs. At age 15, he began working for various dance schools in Seville and flamenco venues, such as Tablao Arenal, Cristina Hoyos Museum, Tokyo Tablao Flamenco, Peña Torres Macarena, La Carboneria, La Perla de Cadiz, Peña La Platería in Granada, etc. David de los Santos now lives a professional career side by side with leading artists, such as Paco Fernandez, he sings for dance in contests and festivals such as, La Unión with Soraya Clavijo (Premio Nacional de baile) in 2011, and El Nano (lead dancer in company Cristina Hoyo) in 2012; VIII Festival de Jóvenes de Andalucía (Andalusia Youth Festival), XXIII Festival de Arte Flamenco in Extremadura, etc. In his touring career he has been in Europe, Africa and Asia, such countries as Switzerland, Germany, Morocco and Japan. He has performed in worldwide theaters to name a few; Teatro Cervantes de Málaga, Teatro Cine Monumental, Teatro Miguel Fisac, Teatro Nacional de Tokio, Gran Teatro de Córdoba, Schloss Horst de Gelsenkirchen. And residing Sevilla, David continues to perform in many flamenco shows, such as: Miércoles a Compás, Circuitos de Peñas de Guardia, Compás 4x4 de la XV Bienal de Flamenco, Jueves Flamencos de Cajasol, etc. Here he has shared the stage with different companies, solo artists and flamenco stars, to name a few; El Oruco, Pili Ortega, Juan Polvillo, Miguel Vargas Company, La Turronera, Sergio Gonzalez, Francis Nunez, La Chimi, Esperanza Fernandez, Eugenio Iglesias, Antonio Moya, Carmen Ledesma and Curro Fernandez.
About Ethan Margolis
Raised in a musical family, Margolis left the USA at the age of 21 to study flamenco in Andalusia, Spain. He remained in Seville for 11 years and in 2006 founded Arte y Pureza Flamenco Company. Margolis has spent the past decade touring, playing and composing for Arte y Pureza as well as working as a free-lance guitarist in many of Spain's most prestigious flamenco festivals. In 2007, Margolis wrote and toured Spanish Day - The Flamenco Rock Opera. His compositions have been featured in theatrical productions and commercial recordings. His performance credits include many of Spain's most prominent flamenco artists including Concha Vargas, El Barullo (Los Farrucos), Miguel Funi, Inés Bacán, El Lebrijano, Curro Fernandez, Las Peligros and Tomás Perrate. Other interesting collaborations include Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Cal Arts University's 'Casa de Bernarda Alba', Pittsburgh Quantum Theatre's 'Yerma', and the Los Angeles World Festival of Sacred Music. Margolis frequently teaches master classes at music and dance academies throughout the USA. As Director of Arte y Pureza Flamenco Co., he has toured the USA, Spain, Ecuador, Canada, Romania, and Portugal. Margolis currently resides in Los Angeles and plays frequently with his flamenco/jazz fusion project Sir Sultry. (www.arteypureza.com) (www.sirsultry.com)
Margolis is scheduled to release his newest album entitled 'Soleangeles' in March of 2013. The album is orchestrated for his quartet and features guest appearances by artists such as Juan Bacan, Anabel Valencia, Ramón Porrina, and Judith Hill amongst others. His other discography includes: Miguel Funi Aires Gitanos, Sir Sultry - Spanish Day, and Sir Sultry - Musician Hearts.
Plaza Playhouse Theater (View)
4916 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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