$18 in advance / $20 at the door
Flamenco por la Tarde (Flamenco Afternoon)
Zorongo will present a tablao flamenco performance that features the wild, fun, and spontaneous dynamic of the art form. Joining Zorongo dancers are internationally recognized guest artists: Singer José Cortés Fernández, Guitarist Juanito Pascual, and Dancer Jesús Muñoz.
Directed by Susana di Palma
José Cortés Fernández:
José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, José began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the "premio del joven aficionado del cante flamenco," accompanied on guitar by Terremoto Hijo. He was immersed in the world of flamenco with the greatest artists, such as Terremoto, Pansequito, Camarón de la Isla, Moraito Chico, and Tomatito. Since then, he has shared the stage with the best artists, including Belen Lopez, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Juan Ogalla, María del Mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, Manuel de la Malena, Mara Martinez, Andrés Peña, Pilar Ortega, Juan Carmona, David Paniagua, Juaniare, y Nino de los Reyes. He has sung for the workshops of Carmen Ledesma, Israel Galván, Angelita Gómez, and Javier Latorre. In 2010, he moved to the United States and now works with many amazing artists such as Jason McGuire, Ricardo Diaz (and on his record Traversura), Yaelisa "Camino Flamencos", Carola Zertuche "Teatro Flamenco," Fanny Ara, Melissa Cruz, Cristina Hall, Jesus Muñoz, Jesus Montoya, Antonio de Jerez, and Pedro Cortés. Recently José was invited to be Antonio Carmona's (Ketama) backup singer at the Nokia Theater for the Eva Longoria's Foundation. An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.
Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual:
Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is an internationally recognized guitarist and “flamenco phenom” (The Boston Globe). His sound is a truly organic blend of masterful traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, dedication to music as a global communicator, and passion for collaboration. Energized by the desire to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of flamenco, with its ancient roots, yet vibrant and evolving tradition, Juanito’s performances, recordings, and workshops reverberate with infectious charisma. Recent highlights include a performance as part of 2017’s Django A Gogo Festival, an international tour with acclaimed Flamenco icon Jorge Pardo, and performances for film scores in his new home of Los Angeles. Receiving praise for the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio album (2014), All About Jazz noted “Pascual manages to uphold and extend the traditions of flamenco music, creating something distinctive in the process,” a sentiment cherished by Pascual, a dedicated 21st-century musician.
Born in Minneapolis, MN in 1973, Juanito Pascual is recognized in both Spain and the United States as a unique and creative flamenco and jazz performer. Juanito has performed in many of the internationally best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals including Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame University, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Panama Jazz Festival, and Madrid's Casa Patas. He has been featured in special events including concerts hosted by Jane Goodall in Panama, as a guest musician on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion cruise in the Mediterranean, and as a guest on National Public Radio's "The World" program among other television and radio programs. In 2009, Juanito made his on-screen debut alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 film Pink Panther 2. He continued his film score work on a number of projects, including the 2016 Netflix biopic based on the life of Pope Francis, Call Me Francis.
Born in McAllen, Texas, he began his training in New Mexico at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts, dancing with Albuquerque’s, Yjastros. He first tours as a McNair Scholar to UC Berkley, UNT Denton, UMBC Maryland explaining his work on “Flamenco as a language.” In 2007, at 25, he becomes the youngest and first non-Spanish choreographer with the internationally-renowned Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco; and later tours with NYC’s Carlota Santana’s Vivo Flamenco with whom he co-writes a National Level curriculum along with 13 dancers, 2 Ph.D.’s out of Alvin Ailey Studios in Manhattan, NYC.
In 2007, he creates his own company brand, Jesus Muñoz Flamenco in 2007, uniquely removing all adjectives. The oddity noted by many, soon became an international phenomenon, now it has become fairly common. Muñoz was co-founder of Albuquerque’s Latin Dance Festival 2010, in the same year he founded the non-profit Flamenco school, Casa Flamenca in Old Town Albuquerque. In 2010, Muñoz was invited to co-direct the Detroit-based, La Chispa and Company, and in 2013 he performed as a soloist for the NYC exhibit 100 years of Flamenco in New York City at Lincoln Center. In 2013 he creates his first visual arts piece, “Synaesthesia,” creating works of art with techniques created through his Flamenco footwork.
On February 27, 2018, “Flamenco Works, Inc.” is co-founded by Muñoz and a group of hard-working mothers. The mission is dedicated to profound guidance of youth through sharing of personal experiences, guiding expression and relentless hard work. Lots of love goes into these kids. Muñoz, along with the Flamenco mom’s secured a 3,000 sq ft building for the purpose of enhancing the community landscape around them and to nurture the children into a bridge program where they will eventually become part of the company Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, while still encouraging them to create and supporting their artistic endeavors.