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      October 6, 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: GEMA MONEO

      8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival presentsDirect from Spain!

      GEMA MONEORising Star from Jerez de la Frontera

       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 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 by a group of musicians/dancers from Spain. 

      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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