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Artist Profiles: Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo was born into a musical family and played accordion before switching to piano at the age of nine. In 1979, he arrived to New York, where the self-taught student of American jazz, continued his studies and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985. After three years as a member of Paquito D’Rivera’s band, in 1988, Camilo released his self-titled Epic debut. The album became an instant success and held the top jazz album spot for eight consecutive weeks. His next recording, On Fire, was voted one of the top three Jazz Albums of the Year by Billboard and 1990s On the Other Hand was a top-ten jazz album.

In 2000, Camilo’s Verve release, Spain, with Spanish flamenco guitar maestro Tomatito, won Best Latin Jazz Album in the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards. Camilo also appeared on the soundtrack CD for the acclaimed Latin jazz film Calle 54, directed by the Oscar-winning Spaniard Fernando Trueba.

2002 marked a special year for the ever-versatile Camilo with the release of two albums, one classical and one Jazz. In February, Decca released his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Suite for Piano, Strings and Harp & Caribe, to celebrate his guest appearance with the NSO conducted by Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and in March Telarc released Triangulo.

August 2003 marked the Telarc release of Live at the Blue Note, featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez on drums and Charles Flores on acoustic bass. This two-CD set captures the quintessential Camilo “sound” live for the first time. Camilo called upon drummer Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez to bring his rich Cuban roots and spirit, which he expresses unlike any other drummer. The 1997 Grammy Award winner performed and recorded with legends such as McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, and as a member of renowned Latin ensembles like Tito Puente’s Tropi-Jazz All Stars, El Negro has earned a renowned reputation as one of the most powerful and versatile players in the current musical scene.

Bassist Charles Flores played and inspired the best, while continuing to challenge himself and his peers in new artistic directions. A graduate of Cuba’s prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte, Flores has performed and recorded with Juan Pablo Torres, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett and the BBC Orchestra in London masters. While in Cuba, Charles was recruited by one of the most important figures in the history of Cuban jazz, pianist Emiliano Salvador. In addition, Flores was also the bassist for the groundbreaking Cuban fusion group AfroCuba and for Salsa sensation Isaac Delgado.

Discography:

French Toast (Electric Bird, 1984)
Why Not? (Electric Bird, 1985)
Suntan/In Trio (Electric Bird, 1986)
Michel Camilo (CBS Portrait, 1988)
On Fire (Portrait, 1989)
On the Other Hand (Epic, 1990)
Amo Tu Cama Rica (1991?)
Rendezvous (Columbia, 1993)
One More Once (Columbia, 1994)
Two Much (1996)
Thru My Eyes (Columbia, 1997)
Spain (Verve, 1999)
Piano Concerto, Suite & Caribe (Decca, 2001)
Triangulo (Telarc, 2002)
Live at the Blue Note (Telarc, 2003)
Solo (Telarc, 2004)
Rhapsody in Blue (Telarc, 2006)
Spain Again (Emarcy, 2006)
Spirit of the Moment (Telarc, 2006)
Mano a Mano (Emarcy, 2011)
What’s Up? (Okeh, 2013)
Live in London (Redondo Music, 2015)
Spain Forever (Universal, 2016)

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Awards Ceremony for the Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents 2018 on May 25

The Premios Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos 2018 (Alcobendas Flamenco New Talents) Gala will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25th at the Paco de Lucía Auditorium at the Alcobendas Art Center in Alcobendas, Madrid.

The event will feature the winners of the 2018 edition: Paco Soto (guitar), Ángeles Toledano (cante/vocals) and Ángel Reyes (dance). Macarena Ramírez, the winning dancer of the previous edition in 2017, will be the guest performer.

 

Macarena Ramírez

 

Ángeles Toledano – Photo by Manu

 

Vocalist María de los Ángeles Martínez Toledano, better known as Ángeles Toledano, was born in the town of Villanueva de la Reina in Jaen. At 22 years old, she exhibits sensitivity and technique with the makings of a young talent.

 

 

The desire to excel and perseverance have rewarded dancer Angel Reyes and guitarist Paco Soto, who have previously tried their luck in previous editions.

 

Paco Soto

 

Paco Soto, born in Águilas, Murcia in 1991, shows originality and a good sense of rhythm.

 

 

Ángel Reyes – Photo by Toni Blanco

 

Angel Reyes, from Cordoba, was selected because of his footwork, clarity, spotlessness and good dynamics.

 

 

The three winners will also receive a video of their performance as a prize awarded by AIE, Society of Performing Artists. The Audience Award with votes through Facebook goes to young Huelva-born cantaora Beatriz Romero.

The gala will be presented by Teo Sánchez, director of the radio program Duendeando on Radio 3.

Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos is part of the program of the Alcobendas Flamenca week, May 21 to 26 that brings together different activities around the world of flamenco and closes with the performance of Carmen Linares.

Friday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Auditorio Paco de Lucía
Centro de Arte Alcobendas
Calle Mariano Sebastián Izuel 9
Metro (subway) station: Marqués de la Valdavia
Tickets at box office and ticketea.com
More information at www.alcobendasFlamencaNuevosTalentos.org

Macarena Ramírez

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The 3rd Flamenco Showcase for International Presenters Flamenco Eñe to be Held in Malaga from May 17 to 19

The third edition of Flamenco Eñe, the acclaimed showcase of new flamenco talent for performing arts presenters will take place May 17-19 in Malaga, Spain. This initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Picasso Museum Malaga, the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco – Ministry of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía and Radio 3, seeks the internationalization of flamenco abroad.

For three days, the Picasso Malaga Museum Auditorium will host a total of 12 showcase concerts with some of the most significant flamenco projects performed in Spain today. The program combines well-known acts with young talents and varied styles: Alba Molina, David Carmona, Diego Guerrero, Juan Parrilla, El Amir, María Terremoto, Ezequiel Benítez, Gipsy Rappers, Laura Vital, Lorenzo Moya trio, Miguel Ángel Cortés and Kiki Morente.

Along with the audience, Flamenco Eñe will be attended by representatives of 12 festivals and presenters from Europe and the United States, invited by the SGAE Foundation to come into direct contact with the participating musicians and thus promote new avenues of collaboration among them. The guests this year include Fundarte and Old Town School (United States); Flamenco Biënnale (Holland); Toulouse Flamenco Festival and Viavox Production (France); Flamenco Festival (United States / United Kingdom); La Barraca (Belgium); Flamenco Festival Esch (Luxembourg); Dice (Austria), and Flamenco Colors Olomouc and Festival Ibérica (Czech Republic).

For this third edition of Flamenco Eñe, the SGAE Foundation convened an artistic committee in charge of designing the showcase program, including José Lebrero, director of the Picasso Museum in Málaga; María Ángeles Carrasco, from the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco; Teo Sánchez, director of the Duendeando radio show on Radio 3; José Manuel Gamboa, journalist, writer and music producer; and Juan Carmona, institutional director of Music of the SGAE Foundation. This committee has selected the 12 proposals out of a total of 113.

The program also includes a series of professional meetings between the participating groups, managers and the directors of festivals and guest presenters.

Full Program:

Thursday, May 17
19:00
Alba Molina Alba Molina “Canta a Lole y Manuel” con la guitarra de Joselito Acedo
20:00
Juan Parrilla Herencia
22:30
David Carmona Un sueño de locura
23:30
Diego Guerrero Vengo caminando

Friday, May 18
19:00
María Terremoto La huella de mi sentío
20:00
Lorenzo Moya Flamencos, Clásicos y otras Influencias
22:30 h
Laura Vital Flamenco con nombre de mujer
23:30 h
Miguel Ángel Cortés Sonantas en tres movimientos

Saturday, May 19
19:00
Ezequiel Benítez Quimeras del tiempo “Recuer2”
20:00
Gipsy Rappers Dame la mano
22:30 h
El Amir Flamenco Andalucía
23:30 h
Kiki Morente Albayzín

Sessions: 19:00 (7:00 p.m.) and at 22:30 (10:30 p.m.)s
Location: Auditorio Museo Picasso Málaga, Plaza de la higuera. Accessed from Calle Alcazabilla, 29015 Málaga.
Tickets: 6€ per session
Tickets on sale at www.museopicassomalaga.org and museum box office.

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The SGAE Foundation to Present Spring 2018 Edition of its Effective Flamencos y Mestizos Series

The SGAE Foundation has put together a spring 2018 edition of the Flamencos y Mestizos showcase series, starting tomorrow, April 12 through April 15. Shows start at 9:00 pm at Sala Berlanga Room in Madrid. The artist featured include María Terremoto, Beatriz Morales, Arturo Pareja Obregón, Esther Weekes, Pepe El Boleco, Marina Valiente, Diego Guerrero and Pepe Luis Carmona.

Flamencos y mestizos will kick off on April 12 with two of the youngest acts: first, the latest flamenco sensation María Terremoto, who at just 18 years old has already become an indispensable artist within the genre. She will be accompanied by the idiosyncratic personal style of Beatriz Morales who runs her own flamenco troupe, and fuses styles and instruments that escape tradition.

The next day, April 13, the Sala Berlanga will host the art and prodigious voice of Arturo Pareja Obregón at the piano, who will perform a tribute to his father in the form of the Sevillanas genre. Arturo Pareja Obregón recently released Como tú me Enseña. The April 13 showcase also includes the mestizaje (hybridization) of Esther Weekes, a Londoner who has created her own genre that fuses flamenco and blues.

Young flamenco singer Pepe El Boleco and Seville dancer Marina Valiente will dive into the flamenco roots to give them new meanings on Saturday, April 14.

Closing the series on Sunday, April 15, two leading artists within current flamenco scene, Diego Guerrero, recently nominated for Latin Grammy, and Pepe Luis Carmona, founder of the new flamenco group La Barbería del Sur.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase series created to provide a space to emerging artists who explore the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through compositions, dance and cante (flamenco singing). This is the first installment of this series in 2018 that started in 2015, directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Program

Thursday, April 12

María María Terremoto (cante)
Beatriz Morales (Dance)

Friday, April 13

Arturo Pareja Obregón
Esther Weekes

Saturday, April 14

Pepe El Boleco (Cante)
Marina Valiente (Dance)

Sunday, April 15

Diego Guerrero
Pepe Luis Carmona

Sala Berlanga Room
Calle Andrés Mellado Street 53.
Price: 5.50 euros.
Tickets at the box office and at ticketea.com

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Romance, Passion and Vigorous Salsa: Diego El Cigala at the Carolina Theatre

Perched on a stool center stage with a cloth covered table to his left upon which rests a bottle of water and a glass of pale orange liquid while light glints off bracelets, rings and an earring as he smooths back long curling locks and an equally long goatee, he waits. He cuts a fine figure in a sleek grey suit and a snowy white shirt as he pauses to let the crowd settle. There’s a brief moment of anticipation as we wait like the eager, greedy souls we all know we are. We wait for him to cajole us, romance us and entrance us with a voice that’s equal parts ferocious and aches of a thousand sorrows. That voice belongs to El Cigala.

Stepping away from his familiar flamenco fare, Diego El Cigala’s current salsa project and songbook from Indestructible takes fans on musical landscape from El Cigala’s native Spain to his adoptive home in the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, Cuba and Colombia, garnering a whole new enthusiastic fan base.

Backed by a razor-sharp salsa group that includes pianist Jaime Calabuch, trumpeters Cristian David Muñoz and Edison Muñoz, trombonists Richard Stella and Bernardo Aguirre, percussionist Denilson Ibarguen, timbalero Diego Mayorga, bassist Julio Valdes and backing vocalists Diego Galindo and Andres Gonzales, El Cigala takes fans through salsa favorites, emotive ballads and a few more intimate songs with only piano to accompany El Cigala’s roughed over vocals.

Tapping, clapping and finger snapping his way through the Duke Performances Saturday, March 31st concert at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, El Cigala and band had the joint jumping. Fans get doses of “Moreno Soy,” “Indestructible,” “Hacha y Machete” and “El Raton,” as well as some nicely done romantic songs, but I think the more intimate songs with just pianist were perhaps my favorite bits and those places where El Cigala’s voice really comes through in fine flamenco jazz fashion. But then again it’s El Cigala and any song is worth the price.

related stories: Highly Successful Black Atlantic 2018 from Duke Performances

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Legendary Flamenco and Cuban Dynasties to Perform in the USA

Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona – Photo by Jose Torres

Familia habichuela: Legendary Dynasties featuring flamenco guitar maestro Pepe Habichuela and his son Josemi Carmona (founder of seminal “New Flamenco” band Ketama) are set to perform in New York city on March 24th at 8pm. Pepe Habichuela and vocalist Kiki Morente will perform today, March 21st at Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

The New York performance by Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona also features special guest artists: Latin Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, award-winning leader of New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and his son Adam O’Farrill. They will also be joined by vocalist Kiki Morente; Javier Colina, one of the finest bass players in Spain; José Manuel Ruiz, “Bandolero,” a leading percussionist in flamenco; and flamenco dancer Alba Heredia, a member of the Maya family, another celebrated flamenco gypsy dynasty.

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Flamenco guitarist Daniel Casares to Showcase Picassares in the United States

Daniel Casares performing ‘Picassares’ at Flamenco Eñe – Photo by Jesús Domínguez

Acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer Daniel Casares is set to perform in New York on March 24, 2018 at Joe’s Pub. Casares will present his latest work, Picassares, inspired by the paintings of the Malaga-born genius Picasso. “To me it is an opportunity to show instrumental flamenco and to claim the sound of the guitar, initiatives like Flamenco Eñe give us life,” said Daniel Casares. The next day, Casares will also participate in the Flamenco Rave in Miami.

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Flamenco Duo Naike and Paquete to Present Songs Celebrating Women in the United States

Naike and Paquete

Flamenco guitarist Juan José Suarez “Paquete” and Naike Ponce are set to perform in the United States as part of the Flamenco Eñe initiative. The duo will perform its latest album Con nombre de mujer (With the Name of a Woman) at Joe’s Pub in New York on March 22, 2018. This unconventional couple who saw in Flamenco Eñe “a great opportunity to get the project out of Spain,” stated Naik. “Flamenco is one of the most important music in the world, and that’s where we want to be. Nothing better than this proposal from the SGAE Foundation to be able to put its head on the international scene, “added Paquete. In addition, the duo will complete their tour with a performance on March 25 at the Flamenco Rave in Miami, within the official Flamenco Festival program.

Con nombre de mujer includes classic Spanish and international songs such as Víctor Jara’s “Te recuerdo Amanda,” Joan Manuel Serrat’s “Lucía,” Enrique Morente’s “Estrella,” and Sting’s “Roxanne.”

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Black Atlantic Music Festival at Duke University

Duke Performances will present a Black Atlantic, a captivating six-day world music festival, celebrating the music of Africa and the African diaspora. The festival takes place the last week of March 2018 at several venues in Durham, North Carolina .

The extraordinary program includes some of the finest artists from Africa and the Caribbean. The festival opens with acclaimed traditional Dominican bachata musician Joan Soriano. Next is one of Haiti’s top female performers, singer-songwriter Emeline Michel.

Afro-Venezuelan vocalist Betsayda Machado and her backing band La Parranda El Clavo are one of the sensations in the world music scene.

Mali produces an impressive amount of high quality talent. Trio da Kali is one of the new stars of the Malian scene. It’s a collaboration between some of Mali’s leading jeli (griot) musical families, Hawa Kassé Mady, daughter of Kassé Mady Diabaté; bala player Lassana Diabaté; and ngoni master Mamadou Kouyaté.

Honduran composer, singer-songwriter and activist Aurelio (Aurelio Martínez) is currently the most influential Garifuna artist. Aurelio will be presenting his new album Darandi released on Peter Gabriel’s Real world Records.

Aurelio – Darandi

 

The last concert of Black Atlantic will present flamenco star Diego El Cigala with top salsa musicians. His most recent album Indestructible is a tribute to salsa music.

 

Diego El Cigala – Indestructible

 

Black Atlantic Schedule

Joan Soriano (Dominican Republic)
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Motorco Music Hall

 

Joan Soriano

 

 

Emeline Michel (Haiti)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Motorco Music Hall

Emeline Michel

 

 

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Motorco Music Hall

 

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo

 

 

Trio da Kali (Mali)
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Motorco Music Hall

Trio da Kali

 

 

Aurelio (Honduras)
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Motorco Music Hall

Aurelio Martinez in 2010 at Forde Festival in Norway – Photo by Angel Romero

 

Diego El Cigala (Spain/Dominican Republic)
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Carolina Theatre of Durham

Diego El Cigala

 

 

For more information or tickets go to: dukeperformances.duke.edu

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Flamenco Artist Angelita Montoya to Celebrate Spanish Poets of the 1927 Generation

Angelita Montoya

Flamenco vocalist Angelita Montoya is set to perform on March 15 in Washington DC and March 16 at Roulette in New York City. Angelita Montoya is the daughter of bailaor (dancer) Antonio Montoya and cantaora (singer) La Negra. Angelita Montoya will celebrate the ignored poets of the Generation of ’27 through her first solo project, Versos Olvidados. “I am very grateful to the SGAE Foundation for Flamenco Eñe because it will allow us to fly with this project,” said Montoya.

Angelita Montoya will highlight the writings of Concha Méndez, Gloria de la Prada and María Teresa Roca de Togares, among others, withe her vocals and the music of Alejandro Cruz Benavides. The Generation of ’27 was a significant group of Spanish poets that appeared in Spanish literary circles between 1923 and 1927, who combined avant-garde forms of art and poetry.

The shows are supported by the Cultural Ministry of the Embassy of Spain and the SGAE Foundation.

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