Granada, Spain – Spanish flamenco ensemble Taller de Compás will be touring North America for the first time in September of 2003. The band will be performing and holding workshops in Detroit (Michigan, USA), Chicago (Illinois, USA), Madison (Wisconsin, USA), Toronto (Ontario, Canada) and
Bloomington (Indiana, USA).
Taller de Compás de Almanjáyar is more than just a percussion workshop. It arose out of a social cultural educational program, born as a direct result of a housing project on the street Molino Nuevo in Almanjáyar, Granada, to promote peaceful cultural co existence through music (the rhythms of flamenco alongside those of Cuba, Brazil and Africa).
The team of professionals who started the social project of intervention and renovation( Miguel, Reme, Puche and others) also began the music workshop, which over a period of four years has had wonderful results and achieved the aims of the cultural association not only musically but socially and culturally encouraging local participation of the community.
The group’s CD is a reflection of all that work and charts the progress through the music, song after song, from the year 2000 when the children (at that time 11 and 12 years of age), recorded their first song until March 2002 when they finished the last track.
US – CANADA ITINERARY
Sat 13 SEPT
5 – 6.30 CONCERT (70-90 mins) Arts Festival of Detroit
CCS Stage, E Kirby Street @ John R Festival grounds
Tues 16 SEPT
5 PM CONCERT Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Weds 17 SEPT
12:30pm Border Books and Music, signing CDS and having a jam
8:30pm CONCERT Old Town School
of Folk Music
Thurs 18 SEPT
Chicago Cultural Center as a part of the building-wide ‘World Music Open
House’. Eight other acts music ensembles will be performing that night
Fri 19 SEPT
12:30pm Chicago Cultural Center live radio broadcast 89.3FM. RADIO
Sat 20 SEPT
12.30 pm CONCERT Rogers park World Music festival
Sun 21 SEPT
12.00 am CONCERT Oasis Stage Willy Street Festival
7.00 pm CONCERT Oasis Stage Willy Street Festival
Mon 22 SEPT
10 am Workshop
5.00 pm Workshop O’Keeffe Middle School
7.30pm CONCERT Wil-Mar Center
Thurs 25 SEPT
Small World Festival
9 pm CONCERT Lula Lounge
Fri 26 SEPT
9pm-10:15pm CONCERT Convention Center
Sat 27 SEPT
7:30-8:15pm CONCERT Convention Center
10:45-11:30pm CONCERT The InterArt Tent
By the band’s album Cale Calé
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.