Caminos Flamencos; Friday, March 28, 2014
Friday, March 28
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… quicksilver rhythms…” - Los Angeles Times
Caminos Flamencos represents the vanguard of the nuevo flamenco movement. Co-founded by Yaelisa and Jason (El Rubio) McGuire, the twenty-year-old nonprofit group is dedicated to the presentation of traditional, as well as contemporary, flamenco music and dance. This presentation featured world-renowned gypsy singer Kina Mendez, direct from Jerez de la Frontera, plus several guest dancers. Yaelisa is an Emmy award-winning choreographer and dancer, and the recipient of a NEA Choreography Fellowship. Jason McGuire is internationally respected as one of the top flamenco guitarists playing today, as can be heard on his critically acclaimed recording Distancias. Absolutely riveting in their intensity, Caminos Flamencos performances are a high-octane combination of music and dance.
Yaelisa was exposed to flamenco culture at a young age by her mother, a veteran flamenco performer. She was fortunate enough to study with many of the great Spanish practitioners of the art, including Ciro, Manolo Marin, Jose Galvan, and El Guito. The years of hard work paid-off, as now, Yaelisa is internationally recognized for her innovative choreography. Like Yaelisa, Jason McGuire’s career path was also influenced by his own mother, an accomplished guitarist and folksinger. He took up the guitar at age nine. In high school, Jason studied jazz and classical guitar technique before ‘discovering’ the music of Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, and beginning a lifelong, love affair with flamenco. These days, McGuire is considered among the crème de la crème of flamenco guitarists, having performed with many of the world’s top practitioners of the form. As part of Caminos Flamencos, he wears many hats: producer, musical director, and performer. Kina Mendez was born into the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists of Jerez de la Frontera. Steeped in the flamenco tradition, she began singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez.
The history of flamenco music stretches back several centuries to the gypsies in Spain. More recently, like many traditional music forms, flamenco has been blended with contemporary elements, transmuting the art into what is called nuevo flamenco. Caminos Flamencos firmly keeps a foot in both the old and new worlds, traditional and contemporary. Twelve years ago, Yaelisa established the New World Flamenco Festival. Known for its innovative programming, it is now the second largest annual flamenco event in North America. Thanks to the efforts of Caminos Flamencos, the present and future of flamenco music – mixed with other musical styles, or maintained in its rich traditional heritage – is in good hands.
DATE: Friday, March 28, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $30/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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