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Corrientes: From Persia to Andalucia
UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre
Seattle, WA
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Corrientes: From Persia to Andalucia
Please join us for an evening of enchantment as artists from Seattle (Arte Flamenco) and Portland (Shabava) come together for a unique concert. The artists have arranged a broad canvas of music, dance and poetry that is as diverse as their respective backgrounds.

Tickets: All ages, General $20 / UW Students $18 (UW students purchase at the door)


RAFAEL VARGAS (flamenco guitar) Peruvian music writer and guitarist completed his music studies at the University of Washington. His guitar studies of world genres allow him to have a versatile style which enables him to work with different ethnic music ensembles and musical settings. While Rafael is adept at a number of musical styles, he has devoted himself to the intensive demands of the flamenco art and has been bringing his dynamic and powerful guitar playing to concert halls of the Northwest as a soloist as well as a member of ensembles, such as Peña Flamenca de Seattle, Café Cantante and Andalibre. His intense desire to acknowledge world music has led him to explore, and express his musical experiences through his recording material "Amanecer" with his band Luna Nueva.

ESTHER MARION (Dancer and singer) has worked with great Flamenco artists from Europe and the U.S.A.
for over 20 years. Flamenco is a profound source of life, love, wisdom, beauty and strength for her which she pours into her passionate, lyrical and powerfully feminine dance and song. Esther has studied with such great dancers as Tati, Carmen Cortes, Alejandro Granados, Farruquita,
Joaquin Ruiz, Maria Benitez and many more. She has worked with internationally known guitarists
and singers such as Chuscales, Jesus Montoya, Omayra Amaya, Conja Y Pedro, Adam del Monte and many more. First in Switzerland, then Spain, New Mexico and now here in Seattle, she has found Flamencos to study and perform with.  ARTE FLAMENCO (with guitarist Rafael Vargas) is her consistent duo. To work with Shabava is a first time  for her and she feels honored and excited about their collaborative show " Corrientes" in may.

SHABAVA is a trio with members trained in Iran, Morocco and the USA. They combine their backgrounds in classical Persian, Arabic and flamenco music to deliver fresh presentations of traditional pieces and create original compositions with a unique voice. Shabava features Bobak Salehi on Persian kamancheh, sehtar and vocals, Nat Hulskamp on Arabic oud and flamenco guitar and Lamiae Naki, vocals.

BOBAK SALEHI (Kamancheh, Setar, Violin)
A talented multi instrumentalist, Bobak was born in Tehran, Iran. He ventured into the music realm when he was eight years old, under the direction of his father maestero Hossein Salehi, and later studied violin with other Iranian master artists. He expanded his training into Western classical music by studying with classical violinists Anita Jones and Eileen Dies. In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as master artist on Setar (Persian Long-necked Lute). In the same year, he founded the Damâm Ensemble, focusing on the classical and folk music of Iran. He has studies with crossover recording artist Kayhan Kalhor of the Ghazal Ensemble and Pirayeh Pourafar of the Lian Ensemble. In 2003 he co-founded a latin-middle eastern fusion group râz where he focused on blending the popular music of latin america and the middle east.

LAMIAE NAKI (vocals, percussion) was born in the city of Fes, the historic cultural capital of Morocco. Fes' medina or old walled city is the biggest in the Arab world and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the only functioning medieval city and also the home of the oldest continuously running university in the world. As a center for learning in the Arab world, one can hear in Fes classical Arabic music as well as every kind of traditional Moroccan music, Sufi music, Andalusian music, pop, jazz and hip hop. She was drawn to music from a young age and began singing, writing songs, and using every resource to find new music and influences from widely varying cultures. Lamia studied Andalusian music and other forms of classical Arabic music in Fes, and has continued to immerse herself in diverse musical styles, from Bossa Nova to Iranian music. Lamia now resides in Portland, OR.

NAT HULSKAMP (oud, flamenco guitar, Persian tar) was born in Portland, OR. He began studying guitar with guitarist/composer Paul Chasman at age seventeen. He was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano.  His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco with study in Morocco. After returning to the US, he moved to Seattle to study ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. There he worked with the groups Carmona Flamenco, The Rez Quartet and others ranging in style from Hungarian Csardas and Gypsy swing to flamenco. In 2000 he co-founded the Vancouver, BC based Arabic/ flamenco group Aire with ney player and singer Emad Armoush. He now resides in Portland, composing and performing with Shabava and the Nat Hulskamp Trio.


UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > Classical
Music > Folk
Music > Global

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


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