Bay Area Flamenco Festival 2011 to Present Gypsy Star Diego El Cigala

Diego "El Cigala"
The 6th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival: Festival Flamenco Gitano will be held October 22-30, presented by The Bay Area Flamenco Partnership.

Direct from Spain, Grammy-winning Gypsy singer Diego El Cigala headlines the festival. His concert takes place at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on October 23rd, 7:00 pm.

Cigala has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything. When I listen to him, it warms my heart,” says flamenco guitar maestro Paco De Lucia

Diego el Cigala, Gypsy singer from Madrid, is noted as a pioneer in fusing flamenco with Latin American music forms such as the bolero, Afro-Caribbean jazz, and tango. His ability to blend different types of contemporary music with traditional flamenco has won him widespread popularity and numerous awards.

Bebo & Cigala – Inolvidable

He is best known for his 2003 release “Lágrimas Negras” – with Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés – which was hailed Album of the year by the New York Times, and received a Latin Grammy.

Diego El Cigala a Latinoamericando 2009

His solo CD “Picasso en mis ojos” won another Latin Grammy in 2006 and featured collaborations with the legendary Paco de Lucía and with Latino jazz greats such as Jerry Gonzalez.

His 2008 project “Dos Lagrimas” features giants of Cuban percussion Tata Guines and Changuito and establishes his ongoing collaboration with guitarist Diego del Morao, pianist Jaime Calabuch Jumitus, percussionist Sabú Porrina and Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia.

This year the singer has been nominated for yet another Grammy for his latest album “Cigala & Tango,” released in 2010 and featuring guest artists from Argentina such as Andrés Calamaro, Néstor Marconi and Pablo Agri.

Diego el Cigala Fandangos y Bulerias

More information at: BayAreaFlamencoFestival.com

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