An intimate evening of flamenco music and dance featuring the artistry of master guitarist Pedro Cortes, dancer/singer/percussionist Jose Moreno and dancer Savannah Fuentes comes to the New Frontier Lounge (301 E. 25th St.) Tuesday, March 13, 8 p.m. Both Cortes and Moreno come from Spanish flamenco families and bring a high level of technique and experience to the stage. Fuentes is a Seattle native with a uniquely American interpretation of the traditional Andalusian art form. She also comes from an artistic background and has toured the West Coast numerous times with internationally recognized flamenco singers and guitarists. This will be Moreno’s first public appearance in the Pacific Northwest.
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 states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Arizona. She has independently produced more than 200 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.
Moreno was born into a family of famous flamenco artists: Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer), Moreno 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. Moreno 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. He also performed in 2010 in the seventh annual Panama Jazz Festival and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
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 and has 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.
Cortes is artistic director of his own flamenco group, and also musical director of Palo Seco. 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. He was commissioned by the Cohen Brothers to compose music for the film “Paris Je T’Aime.” He also wrote music for a children’s program on HBO called “Fairytale for Every Child.”
He has toured with Jose Greco and Maria Benitez, La Conja and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the late Lola Flores. He has been guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera, and has been commissioned by and performed as Musical Director with the Guthrie Theater In Garcia Lorcas Bodas de Sangre
Tickets go for $15 (students), $20 (general) and $33 (VIP) and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3331991.
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