FLAMENCO DEL ORO: music and dance troupe with spectacular guests

Kina&GopalThe 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 May 17th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro and very special guests. Admission is $10 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 dancer Stephanie Narvaez and Ryan Feldhouse of Hot Blood Orkestar. Please view the following videos for a small preview of their remarkable talents, and scroll down to read their biographies .

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.

Stephanie 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.

Ryan Feldhouse‘s soulful playing is a testament to his family’s tradition of music and dance that has been passed down for generations. From a young age Ryan was immersed in world music. His grandfather Sulyman ‘El Coyote’, a world renowned musician, front-manned in the 60’s psychedelic rock band Kaleidoscope and popular world music group Sirocco. His dedication to  music carried him across the seas to study traditional Balkan and Turkish Rom music. Ryan’s playing expanded even further to France and Spain through the Flamenco and Rumba style of the maestro Joef.

Friday May 17th 2013, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music, until 10pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$10 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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