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Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60654

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Nelida Tirado - Dancer
Pedro Cortes - Guitar
José Moreno - Percussion  
José Cortes Fernández - Singer

Four extraordinary Flamenco artists united from different locations and generations- all recognized as some of flamenco's best. Pedro Cortés, José Cortés Fernández, José Moreno, Nelida Tirado- promise to enrapture and thrill the audiences with their virtuosity, power, sensuality, and magnetic energy. Experience the raw passion of traditional flamenco and experienced wisdom of these incredible artists as they transport you to a magical plane seldom experienced outside of Spain.
Nelida Tirado hailed  magnificent and utterly compelling (NY Times) began her formal training at Ballet Hispanico of New York at the age of six. Barely out of her teens, she was invited to tour the U.S. with José Molina Bailes Españoles and work as a soloist in Carlota Santanas Flamenco Vivo, soloist/ dance captain of Compañía María Pagés and  Compañía Antonio El Pipa, performing at prestigious flamenco festivals and television in Spain and throughout France, Italy, UK, Germany and Japan. She has performed in Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera of NY, World Music Institutes Gypsy Caravan 1, Noche Flamenca and was featured flamenco star in River Dance on Broadway and touring companies. Tirado was recipient of the 2007 and 2010 BRIO Award for Artistic Excellence, and opened with her company Summer 2010 for Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portoundo for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.  Some highlights include Harlem Stage E-Moves,  Amores Quebrados at the Repertorio Español, Valerie Gladstones Dance Under the Influence 2011 & 2012 in collaboration with the Flamenco Festival USA and collaboration with jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Harvard University and the 2016 premiere of her solo show "Dime Quien Soy" in the Flamenco Festival NY. She was currently the recipient of the 2017 Rosario Dawson Muse Fellow through BAAD and featured in Dance Magazines 25 to Watch.
Pedro Cortés comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. He has premiered his work En la oscuridad de las minas at the Teatro Albéniz in Madrid, he had works premiered by the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. He has two books on Flamenco El Dron del faraón and Cruzando el charco, published by the American Institute of Guitar. He has toured with José Greco and María Benítez, La Conja, and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the late Lola Flores. He has been guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera, and has been commissioned by and performed as Musical Director with the Guthrie Theater in García Lorcas Bodas de sangre. Cortés is artistic director of his own Flamenco group, and also musical director of Palo Seco. Cortés is a third generation flamenco guitarists and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of flamenco while creating new compositions.
José Moreno
Son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Málaga, José began his flamenco career during his childhood. Since then José has been invited to perform in various companies and with distinguished artists such as: Manolete, Pastora Galván, Pedro Cortés, Omayra Amaya, Roberto Castellón, Chuscales, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Carmen Ledesma, Jesús Montoya, Curro Cueto, Amparo Heredia, Adrián Galia, Ángel Muñoz, Belén Maya, Chano Domínguez, Jorge Pardo, among many others. José has choreographed & performed with the New World Symphony Orquestra (2001) and the Boston Flamenco Ballet (2004) at Lincoln Theater. He has performed as well at the 7th annual Panama Jazz Festival (2010), Carnegie Hall (2010), Alliance Theatre (Zorro, The Musical, 2013), BAM (with Flamenco Vivo Dance Company, 2015), The Metropolitan Opera NYC(2014-2017) and The Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera (2015-2016) (Carmen), The Chicago Sinfonietta in the Ravinia Festival (2016), etc. He also participated in a TV series called Los Descendientes de Andalucía, produced by Canal Sur (Spain).
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, , Juan Ogalla ,María del Mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, manuel de la malena ,Mara Martinez, Andrés Peña, Pilar Ortega, Juan Carmona, David Paniagua, Juaniare , Nino de los Reyes, Jesus Carmona, Isaac de los Reyes, Belen Maya, Maria Juncal, Domingo Ortega y carmen ledesma. He has sung for the worshops of 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, Yaelisa "Camino Flamencos", Carola Zertuche "Teatro Flamenco," Melissa Cruz, Cristina Hall, Recently Jose was invited to be Antonio Carmona's (Ketama) backup singer at the Nokia Theater for the Eva Longoria's Foundation.In 2014 Jose had the honor to sing for the San Francisco Opera in  Giselle . Since 2014 Jose has worked with the Aspen Ballet Juan Siddi Company with whom he toured in Hawaii, New Mexico and had the honor to perform at the Joyce Theater in New York City last spring.
An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres
KANTUZ is a project led by Amaia Gabantxo (voice) and Rafael Vivanco (guitar), two musicians whove performed together with various bands in Chicago since 2012. Rooted in Spanish classical, Latin American and flamenco music, we aim to explore the spaces where hispanic musics meet, looking for ancient connections between medieval, barroque, classical and flamenco songs. KANTUZ combines voice and guitar with poetry, and with other arts like flamenco or contemporary dance.
KANTUZ are Amaia Gabantxo and Rafael Vivanco


Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (View)
31 W. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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