Yaelisa and Jason McGuire Bring FLAMENKEANDO to LA Tonight, 6/10
The Fountain Theatre's acclaimed Forever Flamenco! series presents San Francisco-based Caminos Flamencos in an evening of flamenco collaboration and soniquete with a select group of world-class artists. One performance only of "Flamenkeando" will take place at the Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park tonight, June 10 @ 8 pm.
Three distinct styles, aires and dancers come together for an unforgettable evening in "Flamenkeando." Caminos Flamencos founding artistic director Yaelisa brings two contrasting bailores together for the first time to dance alongside her – Antonio Arrebola, who recently moved to the Bay Area from Malaga, Spain, and Manuel "de la Cruz" Gutierrez. Accompanying them will be master musician Jason McGuire "El Rubio" playing his own original compositions and jamming with drummer/percussionist Joey Heredia, and the great singer José Cortes.
Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa is the founder and artistic director of Caminos Flamencos. Yaelisa creates and presents contemporary, traditional and theatrical dance programs showcasing artists from Spain and the U.S., which reflect the changing face of flamenco in the 21st century while preserving the history and culture of this traditional art form.
At the age of four, Yaelisa danced on the stage of the famous Casa Madrid, and her immersion in flamenco culture became a part of her life because of her mother, the renowned singer/dancer Isa Mura. She has performed with many of Spains finest artists, including Alejandro Granados, Antonio el Pipa, Manuel and Antonio Malena, Domingo Ortega, Enrique El Extremeno, Yeye de Cádiz, Mateo Soleá, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Geronimo, Felipe Maya and others. Since 1986, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. She has choreographed and appeared in several feature films and music videos, and created many highly acclaimed productions both for her company and as Artisti Director of the New World Flamenco Festival at the Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA.
Combining artists from Spain and the U.S., Caminos Flamencos remains on the cutting edge of flamenco, most especially with their recent productions of CANCIONES and CANCIONES 2 where they explored combining flamenco with the music of theBeatles, Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubeck and others.
Jason McGuire "El Rubio" has become synonymous with flamenco despite his Irish/American heritage. With over 30 years playing experience and concerts from coast to coast he has been for many years the guitarist other professional players come to help learn and hone their craft. As Musical Director of the award winning flamenco dance company Caminos Flamencos as well as Musical Director for "The New World Flamenco Festival," Jason has shared the stage with some of the top flamenco artists in the world today as well as other legendary performers like Carlos Santana, Savion Glover and Wynton Marsalisto name a few. Along with his Emmy Award-winning wife, flamenco dancer extraordinaire Yaelisa, the two have forged the path for authentic as well as experimental flamenco through their groundbreaking productions. Jason's album "Distancias" has received much critical acclaim and his compositions have been compared to some of Spain's most important guitarists.
Created and produced by Deborah Lawlor, Forever Flamenco! is now in its 9th smash year.
"Flamenkeando" takes place at the Gallery Theatre on Sunday, June 10 @ 8 pm. Tickets range from $25-$50; there is an additional $1 park fee per ticket. The Gallery Theatre is located inside Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Parking is free on site. For reservations and information, call The Fountain Theatre at (323) 663-1525 or visit online at www.FountainTheatre.com.
Dancers: Antonio Arrebola from Spain, Manuel de la Cruz and Yaelisa
Singer: José Cortes
Guitarist: Jason McGuire "El Rubio"
Percussion: Joey Heredia.
Artistic Director: Yaelisa
Presented by Deborah Lawlor and The Fountain Theatre
Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Blvd and Vermont Ave). Tickets are $25, $40, $50 (plus $1 city park fee per ticket). Parking is free. Call (323) 663-1525 or go online for tickets and information.
Photo courtesy The Fountain Theatre.