FLAMENCO DEL ORO: incendiary music and dance

The Emerald Tablet is very pleased to welcome back Flamenco Del Oro, a flamenco music and dance troupe with attitude and spirit delivering syncopated and sensual rhythms made with passionate guitar, intoxicating vocals, and fiery beautiful dancing.

Join us Friday April 18th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro and very special guests. Admission is $15 suggested donation for the performers, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Red and white wine, Solera and complimentary food will be available. Ole’!

Flamenco del Oro core members are guitarist Gopal Slavonic and singer and dancer Kina Mendez. Performing with them will be dancers Pamela Nicolas and Carole Acuña. Please view the following videos for a small preview of their remarkable talents, and scroll down to read their biographies (after the fold).

Kina Mendez was born into the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists of Jerez de la Frontera. Steeped in the flamenco tradition, she began singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez. Performing in festivals such as ‘La Fiesta de las Bulerias’ and ‘Las Fiestas de la Vendimia’ in Jerez de la Frontera, she has shared the stage with many renown flamenco artists including Manuel Agujetas, El Grilo and La Macanita. Kina was a featured artist at the prestigious Festival de Jerez in 2009 and her debut recording ‘de Sevilla a Jerez’ was released in 2008. Her explosive, expressive presence on stage and her dynamic vocal range has made her a sought after performer both in Spain and the US.

Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious ‘Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren’ in Sevilla, Spain where he studied intensively with leading flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, Tino Van Der Sman, and Joselito Galvez. In his 17 years of dedication to flamenco guitar, Gopal has returned to Spain to further his studies several times, most frequently to Jerez de la Frontera. He has performed with flamenco artists including Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, Zahara, and Jose Galvez. Gopal recently released his second CD ‘Dos Orillas’ and is the featured guitarist for Northern California’s Flamenco del Oro.

Carole Acuña is the featured professional in Sunset Magazine as “Living The Dream” in which she is named a “flamenco star”. Arising from her famed mother Carolina Lugo, Carolé carries on the legacy of the great Flamenco and Spanish Dancer. Named “Top flamenco dancer in America” by Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Ms. Acuña is an international soloist, the artistic director of Acuña Danza Teatro, co-artistic director of Carolina & Carolé Ballet Flamenco, and performs & conducts flamenco workshops in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Read so much more here.

Pamela Nicolas serves on the board of the San Francisco Theatre Flamenco dance company.

FLAMENCO DEL ORO
Friday April 18th 2014, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music, until 10pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Drinks and refreshments available.
All door donations go to the musicians!

Please visit flamencodeloro.com to learn more about the Flamenco Del Oro troupe.

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