Musical Performance: An Evening of Flamenco with Arturo Martínez and the Espiritu Gitano Ensemble

Sat, October 17, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents an evening of flamenco featuring Arturo Martínez and the Espiritu Gitano Ensemble:

Tickets: $20 General (Buy now*)| $15 Seniors & Students (at the door) (*A small online fee is applied)

Arturo Martínez, Flamenco Guitarist/ Musical Director
Bárbara Martínez, Singer/Dancer
Sholeh Dalal, Persian Singer

Jose Ramos, Flam Guitar
Alfonso Cid, Singer
Sean Kupiz, Bass
Elena Lintini, Middle Eastern Dancer

Marina, Flamenco Dancer

Doors open at 7:30 pm

Led by Arturo Martínez, a noted figure in the New York flamenco scene, the Espiritu Gitano of musicians, singers and dancers present Fela-menguz (Fugitive Peasant). Through music and dance incorporating global influences from the traditions of Spain, the Middle East and India, Espiritu Gitano showcases the beauty and boldness of flamenco and the possibilities of blending cultures in defiance of conflicts.

Watch/Listen: Bárbara Martínez and Arturo Martínez

About the Artists:

Arturo Martínez: Flamenco Guitarist/ Musical Director began playing the electric guitar at the age of 13 in the tradition of Afro American music. Early on, he was drawn to flamenco "the black music" of Spain because of its Gypsy, Arab and Jewish influences. He has accompanied famous artists such as Jose Molina, Jose Greco, Chuni Amaya, Joaquin Fajardo, Concha Vargas, as well as Maria Alba, Pilar Rioja and Andrea Del Conte. He produces the annual New York Flamenco Festival at the Thiasos Restaurant in New York City, and was a consultant and co-producer for World Music Institute's two concerts of Traditional Flamenco music with renowned artists El Torombo and Concha Vargas.

Bárbara Martínez: Singer/Dancer has been performing since she was a child, debuting as a singer at The Metropolitan Opera at 10 years of age. Born in Venezuela to a family of artists, including singer/actresses Libertad Lamarque and Morenita Rey, she spent her youth performing in opera, off-Broadway and film in New York City. Bárbara turned her focus to flamenco after graduating from Brown University in 1998 (B.A. Honors). She has danced with The Metropolitan Opera in Zeffirelli’s productions of Carmen and La Traviata, as a dance soloist in festivals at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Symphony Space sponsored by the World Music Institute, and has sung for Pilar Rioja at El Repertorio Español in New York City. Bárbara also performs with Spirit of Sepharad, Pasión y Arte, Gazpacho Andalú, Andrea del Conte Danza España, Sol y Sombra, Oscar Valero Company and Arts Flamenco. She is a founding member of Fortuna Productions, which has staged a series of avant-garde musical plays by Amelia Arenas.

Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2015-09-28 20:31:32

Arturo Martínez and Espiritu Gitano Ensemble
Arturo Martínez and Espiritu Gitano Ensemble

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