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Flamenco comes to Brickworks

  • Fri Feb 21st, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Savannah Fuentes

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes, brings her latest show, “Como el Aire,” an evening of Flamenco to Brickworks at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 2.

General admission is $24; VIP reserved seating is $35; students are $17.50; children are $8. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4495141.

Joining Fuentes is singer and percussionist, direct from Spain, Diego Amador Jr. and internationally recognized Flamenco guitarist Carlos de Jacoba. The all-ages event is part of a 30-date West Coast tour with additional performances in Colorado and New York City.

De Jacoba was born in the Granada town of Motril, into a Roma family. His father Antonio was an “aficionado” of Flamenco singing and passed his passion for Flamenco on to his family. At age 11, de Jacoba was given his first guitar. He studied with master guitarist Manuel Caraval Ramos, who helped young de Jacoba develop into the exceptional artist he is today.

At the age of 16, de Jacoba went on a tour of The Netherlands with fellow musicians from Motril. On a quest for fresh artistic ideas, de Jacoba relocated to Madrid a few years later, where he was soon recognized for his talent. There he entered into the world of avant-garde Flamenco, working with many famous Flamenco musicians, including The Pirana, The Package, Jose Antonio Salazar and Diego El Cigala, whom he joined on tour after the release of Cigala’s album “Picasso en mis ojos.”

From then on, tablaos, penas and theaters opened their doors to de Jacoba. To date he has accompanied many of Flamenco’s most prominent artists.

Seduced by many forms of music, de Jacoba has collaborated with internationally renowned recording artists from diverse backgrounds.

Currently involved with many artistic projects, de Jacoba also performs with his own sextet, leading his audiences into the “most personal side” of his music. Roma tradition, knowledge and passion mingled together with modernity, freshness and romanticism define de Jacoba as a Flamenco guitarist for our time.

Amador Jr. was born in Seville into a family considered “Flamenco royalty.” His father is the celebrated Flamenco pianist Diego Amador and his uncles Rafael and Raimundo Amador were the founders of popular Flamenco band “Pata Negra.”

From a very young age Amador Jr. began performing and touring with some of Spain’s top Flamenco artists.

Known in Flamenco circles as a percussionist, Amador Jr. is also an accomplished Flamenco singer, guitarist and pianist as well. He recently launched a solo project in New York City as a singer-songwriter with the track “Y me siento tan bien” that features his sensual, powerful voice and guitar prowess.

Fuentes, dancer and producer, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with deep connections to Flamenco culture, presenting “… real Flamenco, straight and stunning,” (Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer.) She has independently produced and danced in more than 300 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco artists.

Fuentes was born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry. Her fascination with Flamenco dance (baile) and singing (cante) came to her in early childhood, fueled by watching a Flamenco performance on television “… and, although I was just a child, I felt am immediate connection to the art form.”

Fuentes considers Flamenco a lifelong study, an artistic journey she began in her late teens that continues to this day. She has studied with many notable Flamenco artists.

Accompanied by her notable guest artists, Fuentes tours the West and beyond regularly, bringing delighted audiences authentic, passionate Flamenco performance art. She regularly tours throughout the West — often performing for communities that would otherwise be unable to enjoy this exciting art form in the intimate setting of live theater.

 

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