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Cultural Connections: From Flamenco to Salsa feat. Las Guitarras de Espana & Chicago Afro Latin Jazz
Logan Square Auditorium
Chicago, IL
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Cultural Connections: From Flamenco to Salsa feat. Las Guitarras de Espana & Chicago Afro Latin Jazz

August 20, 2010
Logan Square Auditorium
2539 N. Kedzie, Chicago

8pm doors | 9pm show
$15 adv. $20 at the door
Limited table reservations are available for an additional cost, tickets must be purchased separately.

Explore the sounds of Rumba Flamenco with two Chicago titans:

HotHouse and Sound Culture invite you to witness the magic of merging cultural influences through an exploration of sound. Cultural Connections: From Flamenco to Salsa will combine the talents of Las Guitarras de España and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) on one stage as they explore the sounds of Flamenco Rumba.

Cultural Connections: From Flamenco to Salsa is a debut collaboration for these two accomplished groups who have mastered their genres and feature some of Chicago's finest musicians. Las Guitarras de España will begin the evening with their gorgeous and moving flamenco while CALJE will close the night with an energetic dose of salsa and Latin jazz. But the magic will happen in the middle when these two powerhouse groups merge to discover the connections between flamenco and salsa. The result will offer a glimpse into a little known genre – Flamenco Rumba.

Flamenco Rumba (or Rumba Flamenco) derived from the 19th century Afro-Cuban Rumba movement in Spain, which pushed the boundaries of traditional flamenco and almost created another genre of music entirely.  Flamenco Rumba gained mass appeal from the 1920s to 1950s and continues to be popular in both France and Spain. The genre first gained international acclaim in 1975 when famed guitarist Paco de Lucia released Entre dos Aguas (Between Two Waters), a hugely popular instrumental piece that signified the artistic potential of flamenco fusions.

Las Guitarras de Espana (www.theguitarsofspain.com)
Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (http://www.calje.org/)

Las Guitarras de Espana (The Guitars of Spain) is a "world music" ensemble, with a "Spanish guitar twist," that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues, and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. From the start, the ensemble has presented traditional Spanish guitar music along with traditional flamenco forms in collaboration with music and musicians from other genres and cultures. The ensemble has sought to unite music, dance, travel, poetry, and culture in recordings and performances.

CALJE (The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble) was formed in efforts to fuse the musical treasures of Afro-Latin American music and Jazz as well as musicians from Chicago's diverse Latin and Jazz community. With a global sound and ensemble, CALJE has played in some of the finest performance halls and highlights many of Chicago's luminaries. Musicians in this band have had the opportunity to share the stage with artist such as, Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Chick
Corea, The Temptations, Paquito D'Rivera, and Danilo Perez, among others.


Logan Square Auditorium
2539 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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