Flamenco: ‘Diamantes de Color’

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Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes bringa her latest shoq, “Diamantes de Color (colored diamonds): An Evening of Flamenco,” to the New Frontier Lounge in Tacoma. Fuentes will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists: acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. “Diamantes de Color: An Evening of Flamenco” will be presented in select locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.

Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the Western States. She has independently produced more than 250 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco Artists such as Jose Anillo, Saray Munoz, Jesus Montoya, and Juanarito. She has studied with artists such as Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru, and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis. She continues to evolve as an innovator and performance artist.

Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. He has premiered his work En la oscuridad de las minas at the Teatro Albeniz in Madrid, he had works premiered by the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. He has two books on Flamenco, El Dron del Faraon and Cruzando el Charco, published by the American Institute of Guitar. Mr. Cortes, was commissioned by the Cohen Brothers to compose music for the film Paris Je T’Aime. Cortes is a third-generation Flamenco guitarist and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.

Jose Moreno was born into a family of famous flamenco artists and began his flamenco career at an early age. His debut was at the famous Tablao Costa Vasca in Miami. Moreno continued his studies with the Great Manolete, Farruquito, and Andres Marin and Cajon Percussion with Manuel Soler. He has been invited to perform in various companies, and worked with distinguished artists. In 2001, Moreno choreographed and performed a collaborative work with his mother Estrella Morena, and with renowned flamenco singer Carmen Linares with the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami. In 2007, Moreno performed with the internationally known Isabel Pantoja as a cajón percussionist, alongside flamenco guitarist Jose de Luna.

“Diamantes de Color: An Evening of Flamenco” takes the stage on Sept.15, 8 p.m. at The New Frontier Lounge. Tickets – dstudent $15, general admission $22, VIP reserved seats $34 – are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3591299. For more information, www.savannahf.com.

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