The Emerald Tablet is very pleased to welcome back
Kina 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
Illeana Gomez began her dance studies at a young age, studying ballet and classical Spanish dance at the Alta Gracia Garcia school and the Mina Gutierrez Hachar dance school in Laredo, Texas. In 2003, she got her first taste of professional performance, performing with the groups Flamenco Fuego de San Antonio, and Tierra Adentro Cuadro Flamenco. Since then, she has pursued intensive flamenco studies, traveling to Spain frequently to study at Amor de Dios school in Madrid or at various schools, including Juana Amaya’s academy in Seville. In 2006, Illeana moved to Albuquerque, NM to study at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts where she soon became a member of Alma Flamenca, then, Yjastros: the American Flamenco Repertory Company. That year, Illeana got accepted to the MFA program at UNM where she studied with Eva Encinias- Sandoval. In May 2010, she was awarded an MFA in dance. Illeana has gained professional experience working in various companies including Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, Theresa Cardenas Theater Company, the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Read more about Illeana
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. As a child she performed with Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre. While going to middle and high school she spent her free time performing with her father who was a guitarist in the family based troupe El Arte Flamencoand, and also with Omayra Amaya’s company Flamenco Sin Limites II. She lived 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 studying at New York University she toured the east coast with the Philadelphia based troupe Pasión y Arte as well as with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana dance company based in New York City. After receiving her BA from NYU she moved to the west coast and began touring with the San Francisco based company Theatre Flamenco. She also toured with the Latin/Reggae/Rumba Flamenca fusion band LoCura, playing percussion and dancing. Read more about Stephanie
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
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
Friday September 14th 2013, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music, until 10pm.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (
$10 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Drinks and refreshments available.
All door donations go to the musicians!