Musical Performance & Dance: El Baile Flamenco - Exploring the Poetry & Song of Flamenco Music & Dance

Sat, April 16, 2011 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Sol La Argentinita, dance
Alfonso Cid, vocals
Cristian Puig, guitar
José Moreno, percussion and dance

A unique opportunity to explore how all the elements of flamenco dance interact with each other, tonight's performance and demonstration by the thrilling artists Sol La Argentinita, Alfonso Cid, Cristian Puig and José Moreno will thoroughly examine every aspect of flamenco - from the singer's lyrics and the rhythm, to the structure of the guitar harmony and the footwork - with emphasis on the Alegrias, Tientos/Tangos and Solea/Bulerias styles.

Watch a clip of the performers here.

About the Artists:

Sol, La Argentinita was born Glenda Sol Koeraus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now based in New York City, Sol performs and tours with numerous Flamenco dance companies, and has been performing with the Metropolitan Opera for the past two seasons in Zeferelli's producton of La Traviata. Since summer 2008, Sol has been dancing and touring internationally with Noche Flamenca, sharing the stage with figures such as Soledad Barrio, Alejandro Granados, and Alfonso Loza. Sol is a two-time recipient of the Cristina Heeren Foundation scholarship as well as a scholarship recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant and the school at Jacob’s Pillow. In September, 2010, she danced and sang at the I Flamenco international show and exhibition held at Plaza de Agustin Lara, one of the most emblematic flamenco locations in Madrid. Her solo piece, Solea, in which she explored the more sensual and elegant side of Flamenco and showed her mastery of the craft, received critical acclaim by and The New York Times. Sol teaches classes for children and adults in NYC including residencies with Alvin Ailey and Young Audiences.

Alfonso Cid
was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of Flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a Flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of Flamenco, were his earliest influences. Alfonso's love for Flamenco intensified in his teens after the death of his grandfather. This experience allowed him to realize the depth and beauty of this Andalusian tradition, and the importance of preserving this art form for future generations. In 1987 he had the opportunity to attend the activities of one of the most significant Flamenco clubs ("tablaos") in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena. In 1990 he enrolled in the Seville Conseravtory in Spain where he studied classical flute and music theory for five years. Since his arrival in New York in 1997, Alfonso has played with Flamenco artists such as: Pilar Rioja, Andrea Del Conte, Nelida Tirado, Sara Erde, La Conja, José Junco, Oscar Valero, Carmen Romero, Edwin Aparicio, to name a few, as well as flamenco guitarists: Chuscales, Arturo Martínez, Pedro Cortés, Carlos Rubio, Roberto Castellón, Carlos Revollar, and Miguel de la Bastide. He has performed in the following venues: Town Hall with the World Music Institute, London's Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City, Carnegie Hall ( Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall) , Joyce Theater, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Caramoor music festival, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Spanish Theatre Repertory, Thalia Spanish Theatre, The Theater for the New City, El Taller Latino Americano and many of the flamenco tablaos throughout the tri-state area. In 2007 he attended the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art in Seville, Spain in July of 2007 where he studied with maestros Paco Taranto and the young talented Flamenco singer Rocio Márquez. Alfonso's participation in Educational Programs for Schools and Colleges as well as numerous dance and music festivals has given him the opportunity to travel throughout North America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Cristian Puig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Gloria Monreal, flamenco singer and Pablo Puig, flamenco guitarist. When he was 19 years old, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla as well as flamenco guitar with his father. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bosa nova and contemporary music with various teachers. He has been self-taught ever since, using his musical influences and inspirations as his guide. His strongest inspirations include his parents Gloria and Pablo, Paco de Lucia, Juan M. Canizares, Sabicas, Gerardo Núñez, Astor Piazzola, Dino Saluzzi, C.F. Gomez, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascual, Chick Corea, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane. From 1985 to 2000 Cristian has been an integral part of several groups and flamenco companies. In 1990 he formed the flamenco fusion group Rabat, with which he appeared in various venues in Argentina as well as in Uruguay, Brazil and Chile. Looking to fuse jazz and bossa nova with flamenco, Cristian integrated instruments such as the piano, electric guitar and saxophone, experimenting with his original compositions, and working with such outstanding flamenco singers as Gloria Monreal with whom he performed for 12 years. In 1997, Cristian dissolved the group Rabat to dedicate himself to work as a soloist but still collaborating with other local and foreign musicians, fusing bossa nova, jazz and Argentine tango. In 2000 Cristian was asked to travel to New York to make his debut at Alegrias tablao. Since then Cristian has been working and composing music for local and foreign artists and companies in New York, including the De Luna a Lunares ensemble, of which he is co-founder. Cristian can be heard on "Chango Farías Gomez y la Manija" CD, recorded in the Astral Theater in 1995, and is currently working on different projects, including an upcoming recording, Entre Cuerdas, a flamenco-jazz fusion CD with guitarist Hernan Romero and special guest artist Al Dimeola. Cristian is olso working on the composition and recording for the film The Last Quartet. His new flamenco trio, Puig-Sanchez-Moreno, can be heard in various tablaos throughout New York City.

José Moreno, dancer/percussionist/singer, is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Málaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion – especially cajon – under the tutelage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito); and in concert with Isabel Pantoja. He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony’s concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company.


Regular: $20, available online here.
Student/Senior/Member: $15, available online here.

Tickets are also available at the door. A small surcharge is applied to each online ticket purchased; use printout as your proof of purchase. Student/Member I.D.'s will be requested at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Last updated: 2011-04-15 01:32:59

Sol la Argentinita
Sol la Argentinita
Alfonso Cid
Alfonso Cid
Cristian Puig
Cristian Puig
José Moreno
José Moreno

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