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      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival @ Kuumbwa Santa Cruz: ALL 3 WEEKENDS! in Santa Cruz

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      September 22, 2013 - October 6, 2013

      Sunday   8:00 PM - Sunday 8:00 PM

      320 Cedar Street
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival @ Kuumbwa Santa Cruz: ALL 3 WEEKENDS!

      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival presentsDirect from Spain


      WEEKEND ONE: Sunday, Sept 22, 8pmIcon of Gypsy Flamenco  DanceCONCHA VARGAS, Direct from Lebrija SpainKuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  WEEKEND TWO: Friday, Sept 27, 8pmCelebrating over 50 Years in FlamencoDAVID SERVA, Godfather of Bay Area Flamenco GuitarDirect from Spain with Jose Galvez, Kina Mendez & Luis de la TotaKuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  WEEKEND THREE: Sunday, Oct. 6, 8pmRising Star of Gypsy Flamenco DanceGEMA MONEO, Direct from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz


      An icon of Gypsy flamenco dance, CONCHA VARGAS has it all: flamenco essence, temperament, charisma, rhythmic creativity, expressivity, skill and absolute confidence on stage. There is not an ounce of artifice in her dancing.  Her dance is a legacy passed down through the generations that she revitalizes and reinvents in every performance. Rooted in improvisation and emotion, her baile expresses her cultural identity and is absolutely authentic, making each one of her performances an unforgettable experience for all audiences.
      Concha will be joined on stage by a group of musician/dancers from Spain.

      WEEKEND TWO: Friday, Sept 27DAVID SERVA

      This concert is a celebration of David Serva's foundational influence on the flamenco community of the Bay Area. A Bay Area native who has lived and worked in Spain as a professional flamenco guitarist for most of his life, David has built a singular style on the artistic legacy of his maestro, Gypsy guitarist Diego del Gastor (1908-1973), one of the most important flamenco artists of the 20th century. 

      Gema Moneo is from the legendary Moneo clan of Gypsy flamenco singers and guitarists in Jerez de la Frontera. Niece of the famed singer El Torta, she grew up in the middle of an ongoing flamenco fiesta with constant singing and dancing at home and at family gatherings.  She started studying dance with cousin Manuela Carpio, and soon began to work in the peñas and tablaos of Jerez. At the age of 18 she joined Farruquito's company and has appeared with him all over Spain and at festivals including the 2010 Bienal de Flamenco in Sevilla. Last year Gema debuted in the US with the all-star ensemble Fiesta Jerez led by Diego del Morao at Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012 with shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York CIty. A featured performer at venues such as the prestigious El Cordobés in Barcelona and Madrid's Las Carboneras, Gema continues to perform regularly with Farruquito and with guitarist Diego del Morao among others and will be featured in the upcoming documentary "Flamencas: Mujeres, Fuerza y Duende". Gema will be joined on stage with a group of musicians/dancers from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain including singer Joaquín Marín Flores "El Quini" and guitarist Jose Gálvez "El Duende".

      Weekend One:Sept. 21: CONCHA VARGAS, La Peña Cultural Center, BerkeleySept. 22: CONCHA VARGAS, Kuumbwa Jazz  Center, Santa Cruz
      Weekend Two:Sept. 27: DAVID SERVA & Friends, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa CruzSept. 29: DAVID SERVA & Friends, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
      Weekend Three:Oct. 4th: GEMA MONEO, Brava Theater, SFOct. 5th: GEMA MONEO, Berkeley Repertory TheaterOct. 6th: GEMA MONEO, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz


      Founded in 2005, the Bay Area Flamenco Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. In addition to several days of live performances, lecture demos, film screenings workshops and master classes, various informal gatherings provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment.

      “In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.”  -NPR The California ReportFESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANOThe Bay Area Flamenco Festival under the artistic direction of it’s founder, Nina Menéndez, presents the annual FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO, dedicated to presenting grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. The UNESCO has recognized flamenco as a World Heritage Treasure, acknowledging the Spanish Gypsies’ essential role in flamenco’s evolution. Celebrating Spanish Gypsy music and dance as a living culture and a legacy of world stature, the Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists.  In 2012 Festival Flamenco Gitano received a Special Honor from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for performances featuring a multigenerational group of tradition-bearers, heirs to a rich legacy of music and dance passed down through the families. Artistic Director Nina Menendez explains: “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century. They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as part of everyday life and are able to express a full range of genuine emotion with unique personal style. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of duende that transforms the mundane into the sublime.”

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