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Gloria Bendi
The Headwaters Theatre
Portland, OR
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Gloria Bendi
La Peña Flamenca presents: GLORIA BENDI - POR LOS RINCONES

Sunday, May 1st
Doors 6:30pm; Show 7:00pm

The Headwaters Theatre
55 NE Farragut St #9
Portland, OR 97211

Tickets: $20

POR LOS RINCONES - Gloria Bendi artists weave the tale of losing and finding that brought them together. Wandering through a labyrinth of personal stories we contemplate if we found Flamenco or if it was Flamenco that found us.

Mitsue has studied Flamenco dance around the globe with renowned artists such as Maria Bermudez, Luis De La Tota, Domingo Ortega, Rafael Campallo and Laurena Marrone. Mitsue has also studied Canté Flamenco with Ana de Los Reyes, Luis De La Tota, Maria Bermudez, Vicente Griego, and Yuka Imaeda.Mitsue offers her students an authentic Flamenco experience highlighted by excellent technique, professionalism, and deep comprehension of the Baile.
Mitsue has performed alongside many accomplished artists including Laurena Marrone, Maria Bermudez, Estefania la Ishi, Luis De La Tota, Mark Ferguson, Jason & Mele Martinez, Vicente Griego,  José Tanaka, Jaime del Rio, Antonio de Jerez and most recently in Japan with Mana Mizuno, Takamitsu Ishiuzuka, Takuto Yamagishi. La Pura is a true Flamenco ambassador, sharing her perspective on the tradition and foundation through her expressive, passionate and Jerez-influenced Flamenco style. For more information, please visit her website at

LUIS DE LA TOTA (percussion)
Born into one of the oldest Gypsy neighborhoods of Jerez de La Frontera, El Barrio de Santiago, on Flamenco's most famous street, La Calle Nueva, Jose Luis Bermudez Peña aka Luis de La Tota, takes his artistic name from his grandmother 'La Tota', who has been an inspiration to him since his infancy.  Luis carries with him a distinct humor, grace, and rhythmic charisma that started his career as a percussionist and festero at the tender age of 8. Where others spend decades studying and crafting their artistry, Luis simply IS purity in the form of Flamenco. His proof is in his presence on stage and in person where he creates at the moment, in every moment, music that will have you laughing to tears or eyes tearing up until you smile once you have discovered that you could lose yourself inside the world of Luis de La Tota. As a percussionist and palmero, Luis currently tours with amenco's top artists such as Maria Del Mar Moreno, Antonio Del Pipa, Fernando de La Morena, El Capullo, and Diego Carrasco. He is the only holder of a license to teach amenco rhythms given by the Flamenco Foundation of Spain in 1990. He is also the 'ofcial' percussionist for Viernes Flamencos (Flamenco Fridays) in Jerez de la Frontera Spain. As a Flamenco lyricist, his verses (letras) have been sought after recorded by respected Spanish singers such as Antonio de la Malena (Album: Yo soy Asi, Asi Soy Yo, 1997). His work as a percussionist can be heard on CD's such as Duende y Compas and Gitanos de Jerez to name a few.  He currently lives in Boise Idaho where he is building a school, Escuela de Ritmo that is dedicated to the art of Flamenco rhythms, dance, and guitar. In 2013 and 2015, he presented his group Spanish All Star group Familia Bermudez at the prestigious cultural festival in Switzerland, Obwalden.

ESTEFANIA LA ISHI (cante/baile)
From her beginnings at Solo Flamenco (Portland,OR) in 2003 studying with Laurena Marrone to the year she moved to Sevilla Spain (2009) Estefanía has been impassioned to seek a connection with Flamenco's roots. Years of voice apprenticing under Maestras La Chiqui de Jerez (cantaora) Ani and Coral de los Reyes as well as intense study with Maestros Maria del Mar Moreno, Antonio El Pipa, Los Hermanos de La Tota and Maria Bermudez has earned Estefanía vast knowledge of the cante (song), a strength and spontaneity in her dance as well
as a deep craving for creating new and exciting works. She enjoys sharing what she has learned along her personal journey through workshops and performance and is eager to assist in building Flamenco communities in the Northwest United States. Residing in Boise ID, Estefania co-directs non-prot Escuela de Ritmo/Shimi Tree Flamenco Company.

MARK FERGUSON (guitarra)
Mark Ferguson has been playing the flamenco guitar since 1995.  
Mark has studied with many maestros; Pascual de Lorca, Flecha, Antonio Jero, Niño Jero, Juan Maya Marote, David Serva, Antonio Moya, José Antonio Rodríguez, Jason McGuire, Jesús Álvarez and others.  
He has played with a variety of flamenco artists; Luis de la Tota, Mitsue La Pura Johnson, Estefanía Sánchez, Timo Lozano, Jesús Montoya, Ali de la Tota, Jesús de la Esperanza, Vicente Griego and many others.

For info on La Peña Flamenca de Portland, please visit


The Headwaters Theatre (View)
55 NE Farragut St. # 9
Portland, OR 97211
United States



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


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