Luna Lunera - An Evening of Spectacular Flamenco Guitar, Singing, and Dance



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4:30pm doors/5pm showtime

All-Ages

 

Starters:

$8 CURED HAM - Goat’s Milk Cacciota, Tomato, Toasted Bread

$10 Albacore Tuna - spanish anchovy, saffron pickled egg, piquillo pepper

 

 

Entrees:

$18 CATALAN FIDEUA - Chicken, Shrimp, Chorizo

$18 PAELLA VALENCIA - Roasted Rabbit, Snails, Shrimp

 

 

Sandwich:

$12 Chorizo Bocadillo, Piquillo Pepper, Sheep’s Cheese, Fried Egg, Fries

 

 

Wine:

TEMPRANILLO, DOLMO, 2012$9 gls / $18 half Carafe / $34 btl

Featuring Jose Valle "Chuscales" Spanish gypsy master guitar virtuoso, flamenco singer Vicente Griego, and the passionately dynamic dancer Jesus Muñoz, Luna Lunera is sure to inspire the spirit and energize the soul!

 

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presents Luna Lunera, a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar and singing, featuring an ensemble of critically acclaimed, masterful performers.

photo credit: Bill Cameron

 

Jesus Muñoz:

Jesus has quickly developed a national reputation as a sought after teacher and performer.  He has a strong, masculine, traditional approach to Flamenco based on his training in both Spain and New Mexico, and is a gifted teacher and communicator.  

Jesus Muñoz has been working professionally since 2007 with a vision of growing innovative ideas through the lens of rare traditional structures.  Muñoz has performed throughout most of the USA, Canada and Spain as a dancer, musician and choreographer- sharing the stage with nearly ever soloist and Flamenco performing arts company.
     
In the past six years Muñoz has introduced live Flamenco to nearly 45,000 students across the country through innovative teaching projects.
      
Muñoz is currently building the foundation for the vision of Jesus Muñoz Flamenco, a dynamic Flamenco dance and music company that focuses on the preservation of Flamenco's most unique improvisational methods.

 

 

Vicente Griego:

VICENTE GRIEGO “El Cartucho” 

From Dixon/Embudo, NM, Vicente has devoted his life to the study of Cante Flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada, and Latin America with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer, Alfonso Gabarri,“El Veneno” of Madrid, Spain. He sings for Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertoire Company out of AlbuRquerque and tours nationally and internationally year round. Vicente Griego is currently presenting the musical group ReVoZo.

 “Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is striking for his deep, sonorous wails that 

seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul.”

~Anna Poplawska, Chicago Artist’s News  

 

 

Jose Valle "Chuscales":

  A native of Antequera, Spain, Chuscales grew up in a traditional gypsy family well known for its professional musicians and dancers. His grandmother was among those who lived in the caves of Sacromonte, one of the legendary cradles of flamenco. Chuscales recalls, "there were shows, with Gypsies from Granada who grew up in families that lived there. I wish you could see it, the families in the caves and the singing and dancing. There might be seven, eight, maybe nine caves, all with singing and dancing, and there would be more singing and dancing on the streets every day. It was unbelievable. It was very formative time in all my life. It was like a dream. This is where I learned everything — the rhythm, the beat, the guitar. I am still learning from those thousands of nights performing with my family, with my father, my grandfather, and my friends. 

    Chusco began guitar lessons at age six under the instruction of his uncle Joaquín Fajardo as well as Maestro Agustinillo, two prominent masters in the region where such greats asSegovia have studied. As a teenager, Chuscales found himself frequently in the company of Paco de Lucía, who often performed in the area and would take time to play with the talented youngster and to answer his questions. Meanwhile, he began his performing career as a dancer — an experience that provides him with a detailed understanding of flamenco's rhythmic nuances. Chusco elaborates as the accompanying guitarist, "I can understand and follow dancers. I can see where they are going before they take their next step. I know what the dancer is looking for, how much tension is in the music, the right rhythm, when to play strong or soft so if a dancer asks me for something, I know what they ask." Chuscales' affinity for dance is delightfully apparent in his artistry, blending music and movement as he does is no accident. "It's something we learn through life," he says. "A lot of people don't have my luck to grow up in the caves, learning flamenco in a Gypcy family where the music comes from tradition to tradition, from legend to legend. I thank GodI have been around such great musicians all my life.