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      September 22, 2013

      Sunday   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

      320 Cedar Street
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents Direct from Spain: CONCHA VARGAS

      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival presentsDirect from Spain!

      CONCHA VARGASIcon of Gypsy Flamenco Dance

       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 Vargas represents two of the most important families in flamenco history: los Pinini y los Peña. The daughter of Quintín Vargas, she was a student of the great Pepe Ríos who presented her for the first time on stage when she was 11 years old at the Gypsy flamenco festival, El Gazpacho de Morón, where she shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of the day: Fernanda de Utrera, Diego del Gastor and Antonio Mairena. In her teens, she worked for several years at a flamenco nightclub in Seville, La Cochera, alongside Manuela Carrasco. Then in 1974 she began working at the famous Zambra flamenco club in Madrid, partnering on stage with dancer El Güito. She gained national recognition with her role in the flamenco opera ‘Camelamos naquerar’ directed by the great Mario Maya. Later she joined guitarist Pedro Bacán's legendary group, El Clan de los Pinini. She has performed in all the major festivals in Spain, including several appearances at Seville's prestigious Bienal del Arte Flamenco. In recent years she has appeared as guest artist with the companies of both Antonio "El Pipa" and Andrés Marín. She has also performed for Indira Gandhi and pope Juan Pablo II.  She is an amazing teacher who sparks passion in students around the world giving them the key to self-expression through flamenco dance.
      Concha will be joined on stage by a group of musician/dancers from Spain.
      Watch Video of Concha Vargas dancing Lebrija-style Bulerías Romance


      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 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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