Musical Performance: Arturo Martinez "Espiritu Gitano": Fela-menguz (Fugitive Peasant)

Sat, June 16, 2012 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Following his sold-out performance at Symphony Space, Arturo Martínez and his ensemble present:Fela-menguz (Fugitive Peasant), which will include music and dance with global influences wide in scope from traditions of Spain to India.

Doors open at 8:30pm, performance at 9pm


Arturo Martínez -Flamenco Guitarist/Musical Director
Bárbara Martínez -
Sholeh - Persian Singer
Najmah - Indian Dancer
Elena Lintini - Middle Eastern Dancer
Maya de Silva-Flamenco Dancer
Jose Ramos - Flam Guitar
Alfonso Cid - Singer
Sean Kupiz - Bass

Watch/Listen: Bárbara Martínez and Arturo Martínez

Tickets: $20 General (buy now*)| $15 (buy now*) Members, Seniors, Students - available at the door or online.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)


Arturo Martínez (Flamenco Guitarist/Musical Director)began playing the electric guitar at the age of 13 in the tradition of Afro American music. In playing the guitar it was logical that he would be drawn to flamenco "the black music" of Spain, because of its Gypsy, Arab and Jewish influences. He has accompanied such famous artists 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 also a founding member of Fortuna Productions, which has staged a series of avant-garde musical plays by Amelia Arenas. Bárbara received a scholarship this year from the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville for advanced studies in flamenco singing.

Last updated: 2012-06-05 12:13:55

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