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Grant Ruiz & Terry Longshore's Duo Flamenco with Elena Villa
Cafe Artichoke
Portland, OR
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Grant Ruiz & Terry Longshore's Duo Flamenco with Elena Villa
La Peña Flamenca de Portland presents:
Grant Ruiz & Terry Longshore's Duo Flamenco with Elena Villa

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

Cafe Artichoke
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR

Tickets: $15.00

La Peña Flamenco de Portland is excited to host a beautiful evening of flamenco music and dance with Grant Ruiz (guitar), Terry Longshore (percussion), and Elena Villa (dance). Get your tickets soon! A limited number of tickets are available for presale via Brown Paper Tickets.

Dúo Flamenco formed in 2007 out of a mutual passion for the art form of flamenco. Inspired by the sounds of Andalucía  the colorful province of southern Spain  the duo presents a dynamic combination of guitar, voice and rhythm. With Grant Ruiz on vocals and guitar and Terry Longshore on cajón (box drum), other percussion and vocals, the duo takes the audience on a journey through orange groves and olive orchards; arid, sun-drenched mountain plateaus; caves filled with gypsy passion; tiled courtyards with elegant, whispering fountains; and a history flowing with ecstasy and anguish. The natural sounds of voice and wood evoke times past when people sang their lives because they dared not speak of them openly.

Originally versed in several other styles of music both domestic and international, Terry and Grant were drawn to flamenco because of its fiery sound and driving pulse. Together they explore the range of emotion that flamenco provides in its music, from lyrical ballads to playful rumbas to the deepest of laments. This is truly music of the soul, but with a serious groove. The language of thecante (song) is Spanish, but you don't need to speak it to feel the emotion behind it. And the audience is part of the performance in flamenco. As the performers reach for duende, a state of truth and inspiration, the audience is invited to reach with them, shouting out their approval and encouragement: "¡Olé!"

Elena Villa was introduced to Middle Eastern music and dance by her parents in Big Sur, California in the late 1970s; she had her first solo performance to live music at age 10. Elena resumed her study of belly dance in Santa Cruz, CA in 1987 and began studying flamenco in 1991. She has pursued long term intensive study in both art forms with acclaimed artists from North Africa, Spain, the Middle East, and North America.  Since 1995, Elena Villa has developed her own style of Spanish Arabic fusion drawing on her years of training and performance experience in both dance forms. Elena began teaching dance in 1996 and continues to offer weekly instruction and workshops in classic belly dance, flamenco, and Arab-flamenco fusion. Elena has shared the stage with many renown artists and also coordinates the talent for the Gypsy Caravan Stage at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, OR, a major West Coast venue. Elena Villa holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon where she has taught classes in literature, film, language, and culture with a particular emphasis on dance and performance studies.


Cafe Artichoke (View)
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
United States



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


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