FLAMENCO DEL ORO: infectious 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 December 13th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro — two sets and an intermission with very special guests: flamenco artist Kina Mendez, dancers Stephanie Narvaez and Devon LaRussa, and guitarist Gopal Slavonic.

Festival Flamenco Gitano - Fiesta JerezKina Mendez: born into the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists of Jerez de la Frontera, Kina is steeped in the flamenco tradition, having begun singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez. Her professional career began in the famous Tablao of Seville “Los Gallos” when she joined Manuel Morao’s company, which led her to work with Mario Maya and tour internationally with Salvador Tavora’s productions ‘Carmen’ and ‘Carmina Burana’. Performing in festivals such as ‘La Fiesta de la Buleria’ and ‘La Fiesta de la Vendimia’ in Jerez de la Frontera, she has shared the stage with many renowned flamenco artists including Manuel Agujetas, El Grilo and La Macanita. Her debut recording “De Sevilla a Jerez” was released in 2009. Kina was a featured artist at the prestigious XIV Festival de Jerez in 2010 in “Los Conciertos de Palacio”. That’s sort of just the beginning; read the rest of Kina’s bio here.

Stephanie NarvaezStephanie Narvaez was born in Boston, MA and began dancing flamenco at the age of 7, studying with Ramon de Los Reyes, Clara Ramona and Omayra Amaya. She has lived and performed in Madrid and Seville, Spain, and studied with El Torombo, Concha Vargas, Los Farrucos, El Oruco, Manuela Rios, Juan Ogalla, Juana Amaya and many others. While at NYU she toured the east coast with Pasión y Arte and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana , and moved to the west coast after receiving her BA. She has since toured with Theatre Flamenco and LoCura, and spent three summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico performing six nights a week at the Maria Benitez Theatre with Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. In 2012 Stephanie was featured as a soloist for the summer season and she has also toured in both six-week winter nationwide tours in 2012 and 2013.

Devon LaRussaDevon LaRussa made her debut with Moving Arts Dance at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord in July 2002 where she is currently a principal dancer. She has since been featured in many works by Michael Lowe, Anandha Ray, Jenny McAllister, Dudley Brooks, Bill Evans, and Victor Kabaniaev. She performed with Oakland Ballet from 1995 – 2005 where she performed principal roles in Michael Lowe’s choreography as well as numerous other choreographers. Devon has been a freelance flamenco artist since 2005 and has been a guest performer with many distinguished artists. She is currently studying and performing with award winning flamenco dancer and coreographer Yaelisa.

Gopal Slavonic

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 18 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 Kina Mendez, Kerensa Demars,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. Find out more about Gopal here.

2 sets with intermission.

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’!

Friday December 13th 2013, 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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