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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.


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.”


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


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.


Artist Profiles: Rubem Dantas

Rubem Dantas

Rubem Dantas was born into a musical family in Salvador de Bahia. His earliest exposure to music was studying piano with his mother. His interest soon turned to percussion and his journey took him on a path that would have him mentioned in the same breath as all the great maestros. It was with Vahindo do Gantois, whom Rubem considers his master, where it all began, playing some of the most important festivals in Brazil.

In 1977 his move to Madrid afforded him the opportunity to play with other wonderful musicians and be in the middle of the growing new flamenco movement. Pedro Ruy Blas invited Rubem to join the group, Dolores, and it was in that group where he met Jesus Pardo, Alaro Yebenes and Jorge Pardo.

During this time he crossed paths with guitar legend, Paco de Lucia. The two formed what was one of the most influential and innovative new flamenco bands in the world. They toured extensively with Carles Benavent, Ramon de Algeciras, Joaquin Grilo, Duquende, Jorge Pardo and Jose Bandera. While in Peru, Rubem discovered the native percussion instrument, the cajon. He felt it could add a new dimension to the already pioneering flamenco sound he was helping create.

Rubem Dantas is one of the most in-demand musicians anywhere and his credits seem endless, recording or performing with artists like Vince Mendoza, Gilberto Gil, Paquito D’Rivera and Chick Corea and Touchstone. He currently lives in Granada, Spain.


Festejo (Rubem Dantas Productions, 2007)


The SGAE Foundation and Flamenco Festival to Showcase ‘Flamenco Eñe’ in the United States

Daniel Casares

The SGAE Foundation, in collaboration with Flamenco Festival, will be taking its program of internationalization of Spanish flamenco, Flamenco Eñe, to the iconic concert halls of the United States during March 2018. Spanish artists Rycardo Moreno (guitar), Angelita Montoya (vocals), Daniel Casares (guitar) and the duo composed of Naike and Paquete, participants in the second edition of Flamenco Eñe, will showcase their talent to flamenco fans in New York, Miami and Chicago.

It is the second time that the musicians participating in Flamenco Eñe are are part of the official program of Flamenco Festival 2018 under the umbrella of the SGAE Foundation.


Rycardo Moreno to Present Galeano in the United States

Rycardo Moreno

Spanish guitarist Rycardo Moreno will present his new show titled Galeano on March 10, 2018 at Joe’s Pub in New York. A day later he will play at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, in a concert framed within the activities of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2018 that is supported by SGAE Foundation.

Galeano is a flamenco tribute dedicated to iconic Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. “Spain is the only country where flamenco jazz is made. Why don’t we export it and modernize flamenco? With Galeano we do a bit of that, it is a cutting-edge project, which sets to the most social and current texts of this international author. I think it will work well abroad, “said Moreno at Flamenco Eñe.


Artist Profiles: David Tavares

Born in Guarapuava, Brazil. His brother and uncle introduced him to playing the guitar at the age of 8. In 1982, he began to study classical guitar at the Villalobos Music Conservatory in the city of Curitiba, under the direction of Valdomiro Prodocimo.

Later, in 1987 he moved to Spain to study flamenco guitar with Oscar Luis Herrero. Three years later, invited by his teacher, he accompanied Herrero at live performances and participated in his debut album.

Since 1988, Tavares has participated in various international festivals. In 1994 he participated in the competition “Circuit of the Madrid Regional Government” obtaining the prize of Flamenco fusion and recorded an album together with the rest of the others winners and various Spanish musical instruments, promoting the fusion of Brazilian and flamenco music.

Tavares currently collaborates with several Spanish artists at live concerts and studio sessions. He’s well-known for his fusion of flamenco andBrazilian musical forms.


Un Brasileño en Madrid (2002)
Un toque de color (2010)
Ni tan Rey ni tan Ratón (2016)


Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez Returns to New York City

José Antonio Rodríguez – Photo by Athena Salvador

José Antonio Rodríguez, one the leading flamenco guitarists of his generation, is set to perform Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn.

A significant guitarist, renowned for his powerful and evocative renditions of contemporary flamenco, José Antonio Rodríguez has composed music for orchestras, dance companies, and film, participated in major projects with Paco de Lucía and Alejandro Sanz, and appeared in Carlos Saura’s Flamenco. For this show, he will be accompanied by Patricio Cámara “Pachi” on percussion, vocal and Paco Peña on bass.

José Antonio Rodríguez – Adiós Muchachos… (2016)

José Antonio Rodríguez’s most recent album is the critically acclaimed Adiós Muchachos.

This concert is part of The Flamenco Festival.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Tickets available at www.robertbrowningassociates.com


Fifth Edition of the Flamenco Contest “Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos” Seeking Entries

Within the framework of flamenco festival Alcobendas Flamenca 2018, the fifth edition of the Flamenco New Talent contest for young people between 14 and 30 years old is now open. The prize includes three modalities: Song, Dance and Guitar. There will also be three categories: National-International (2,000 euros prize per modality), Local (500 euros of prize per modality) and Public Award (accrediting diploma). The registration period is open until March 15, 2018

The information and videos of the participants will be published on the web where the general public will be able to vote by clicking on the Facebook button that will appear under each of their favorite artists.

A jury composed of renowned personalities in the flamenco scene will choose the rest of the winners

The winners will perform at the Awards Gala that will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Paco de Lucía Auditorium in the Alcobendas Art Center, along with one of the winning artists of the 2017 edition.

Guitarists Javier Conde and David Caro, singers Pepe el Boleco, Rafael del Zambo, Rocio Luna and Cristina Soler, as well as dancers Macarena Ramírez, Palmira Durán and Cristian Pérez are some of the winners of Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos in previous editions.

More information at alcobendasflamencanuevostalentos.org