Sebastopol Community Cultural Center/Main Hall Sebastopol, CA
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Un Cachito de Flamenco
5 multi cultural artists dedicated to performing and sharing the art of Flamenco. Fantastic music, breathtaking dance and powerful singing. Flamenco is an electrifying mix of complicated rhythms and fiery and spontaneous dance and song.
Dancers: Fanny Ara, Paloma Aspe & Sara Maria
SInger: Jose Cortes
Guitarist: David Paez (from Cordoba)
Bio for Featured Guest Dancer Fanny Ara :
Fanny Ara began her dance studies at age three, studying ballet and Contemporary dance at the Irene Popard school located in St. Jean de Luz in the French Basque country. In 1991 she began training in Spanish classical dance with Catalina Gommes and for the next ten years she traveled regularly to Madrid to study with maestros Isabel Quintero and Antonio Najarro. In addition to her studies in dance, she studied piano at the Bayonne School of Art for 11 years. She attained a BA in literature with a specialty in music. After graduating from the Bayonne School of Art, she relocated to Sevilla and Madrid. Over the next two years there, she pursued intensive flamenco studies with Juana Amaya, El Torombo, Manolo Soler, Hiniesta Cortes. While in Spain, she was also accepted into the prestigious academy of Mario Maya, and worked in tablaos in Madrid ("Al Andalus" and "El Juglar"). Fanny has become an established and important performer in the Bay Area. As a company member of Caminos Flamencos, she has shared the theater stage with artists such as Antonio de la Malena, Manuel de la Malena, Juan Ogalla, and Domingo Ortega. In 2006, Fanny has been nominated in the category of Most Outstanding Individual Dancer from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. In June 2007, she presented her program "Magia Flamenca" in Washington DC with critical acclaim. In 2008 Fanny created her work "A traves de sus ojos" where Renee Renouf reviewed her as "always elegant, the reach of her arms generous, frequently evoking unseen forces, body occasionally concave , legs striding in earthy response, fingers spread in exclamation to the rhythms, leaving the stage abruptly, provoking a gasp of delight.".In Spring of 2011, she presented her performance, "Garlochi," at the Montalvo Center of Art, after touring the US and Mexico. In February 2012, Fanny has been awarded a prestigious finalist prize for Creative Promise In Dance by the Vilcek Foundation,(http://www.vilcek.org/prizes/prize-finalists/2012.html). Also in 2012, her latest project "Juncal Street"and herself have been nominated in 3 categories by the Isadora Duncan Awards for Most Oustanding Music, Ensemble and Individual Performance.
Bio for Singer Jose Cortes:
José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, Jose began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the "premio del joven aficionado del cante flamenco," accompanied on guitar by Terremoto hijo. He was immersed in the world of flamenco with the greatest artists, such as Terremoto, Pansequito, Camarón de la Isla, Moraito Chico and Tomatito. Since then, he has shared the stage with the best artists, including Belen Lopez, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Manuel de la Malena, Juan Ogalla, Javier Serrano, Joselito Vega, María del Mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, Mara Martinez, Andrés Peña, Pilar Ortega, Antonio "el Titi," Juan Carmona, Isabel Gazquez and Manuel Gutierrez. He has sung for the worshops of Carmen Ledesma, Israel Galván, Angelita Gómez and Javier Latorre. In 2010, he moved to the United States and now works with many amazing artists such as Jason McGuire, Ricardo Diaz (and on his record Traversura), Yaelisa "Camino Flamencos", Carola Zertuche "Teatro Flamenco," Fanny Ara, Melissa Cruz, Cristina Hall, Jesus Muñoz, Jesus Montoya, Antonio de Jerez and Pedro Cortés. An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamencoby making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.
Bio for Guitarist David Paez:
Born in a Flamenco family in Cordoba, Spain, where he started to learn guitar in the school of Merengue de Cordoba at the age of 13. David has been mostly dedicated to accompany dancers, highlighting a tour with Paco Peña's Company in Greece. He played also for Antonio Alcazar & Victoria Palacios (Premios Nacionales de Flamenco) and their company for many years, and Yolanda Osuna among others in Cordoba. He has also played for Alberto Ferrero (soloist of the Spanish National Ballet of Spain) and Lucia Guarnido (first dancer in Eva "la Yerbabuena" 's company) in Madrid. Outside Spain, David also played for the company of Viviana Medina in Chile and right now with the wonderful artist of the Bay Area such as Fanny Ara, Melissa Cruz, Christina Hall, Carola Zertuche, Kerensa de Mars, la Tania, and others. He has also accompanied singers in different events including Pedro Obregon (Compañia de Rafael Amargo), El Almendro ("premio melón de oro de Lo Ferro"), Churumbaque hijo ("Premio Lámpara Minera de la Unión"), among others. Since 2010 David lives in the Bay Area playing with all the talented artists in the area like Kina Mendez, Felix de Lola, Jose Cortes and others.
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center/Main Hall (View)
390 Morris Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472