FLAMENCO DEL ORO: intoxicating song 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 October 18th, 8-10 pm for another unforgettable performance with Flamenco del Oro — two sets and an intermission with very special guests:

Gopal SlavonicGopal 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.

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.

Holly ShawHolly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area-based dancer, choreographer, and creativity coach whose sensuous and imaginative artistic work shines with personal authenticity while drawing on her extensive knowledge of diverse dance traditions. While principally a flamenco dancer, Shaw has also studied contemporary modern dance, as well as other ethnic dances, and she draws on those techniques and sensibilities to weave tapestries of nuanced and emotionally expressive work. Shaw has performed as a soloist with Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years at the ODC Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cowell Theatre, and with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in the Edinburgh Arts Festival,  was a starring guest artist in “Forever Flamenco” at L.A.’s Fountain Theatre, performed with several companies in the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, and was also a telvision host for Festival Revue  in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read the rest of her bio here.

Kerensa DeMars

Kerensa DeMars is a San Francisco-based dance artist whose creative synthesis of Flamenco and Tribal style dance has made her a sought after performer, choreographer and instructor internationally. An early member of FatChanceBellyDance, Kerensa moved to Madrid in 1997 to pursue intensive Flamenco studies. Soon after, she met the renowned world music group Radio Tarifa and toured with them as a featured dancer through 2003. In her seven years abroad she trained with some of Spain’s foremost Flamenco artists, most notably the legendary Toni ‘El Pelao’. While in Madrid, she co-founded the group ‘Querencia’ known for its unique fusion of Flamenco, North African and Middle Eastern traditions and featuring the talents of six international musicians. Querencia performed throughout Spain from 1999-2003 and was given a four week residency at Madrid’s Teatro Pradillo in 2002. Upon returning to San Francisco in 2004, Kerensa became Artistic Director of the Flamenco Room, a weekly flamenco show featuring local, national and international artists now in its ninth year. October18She is a regular performer in San Francisco tablao shows and has performed in the Flamenco companies of Juan Siddi, Caminos Flamencos, Flamenco Live Dance Ensemble and for four seasons with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco. Please check out the rest of her bio, right here!

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’!

Friday October 18th 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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