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8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: FLAMENCO PROJECT: A slideshow & roundtable discussion

A slideshow & roundtable discussion8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: FLAMENCO PROJECT
A slideshow & roundtable discussion
Thursday, Sept 26, 7:00pmLa Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Images from the acclaimed collection edited by guitarist/photographer Steve Kahn will spark discussion among a group of artists and flamenco aficionados who lived in Spain in the 1960s & 70s. Panelists include Steve Kahn, David Serva, Paul Shalmy, Jill Bacán,  Mica Graña and Kenny Parker
 
Tickets: $10
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Steve Kahn is an internationally known commercial and fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected in both Europe and America. Already a student of classical and flamenco guitar in 1967, he traveled from New York to Morón de la Frontera, on leave-of-absence from a doctoral program in physics, in search of Diego del Gastor and the art of pueblo Flamenco. His 3-month break grew into a 2-year adventure that changed the course of his life. He lived amongst the flamenco artists, absorbing what he could of Diego’s musical genius and made a few photographs before his camera was lost. Upon return to the states, he dropped out of academia to pursue a career as a freelance photographer.

Thirty-five years later he is still shooting pictures and still playing the guitar. Recently he started to wonder, “What happened to all those other photographs of Flamencos by foreigners that I have seen over the years? Are they lost, destroyed, forgotten and rotting in dark closets somewhere? Where are they now?” He set out on a quest to find those images, and over the past seven years has recovered over one hundred images, collected numerous anecdotes and digitized many wonderful fiesta recordings. Steve has brought both his music experience and photographic skills to make this collection into a superb body of work. He has digitized the original negatives, restored the images and made museum quality, archival prints for exhibition and preservation.                     Flamenco Project Website

 
BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL

Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. In addition to several days of live performances, lecture demos, film screenings workshops and master classes, various informal gatherings provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment.

“In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.”  -NPR The California Report

FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO

The Bay Area Flamenco Festival under the artistic direction of it’s founder, Nina Menéndez, presents the annual FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO, dedicated to presenting grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. The UNESCO has recognized flamenco as a World Heritage Treasure, acknowledging the Spanish Gypsies’ essential role in flamenco’s evolution. Celebrating Spanish Gypsy music and dance as a living culture and a legacy of world stature, the Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists.  In 2012 Festival Flamenco Gitano received a Special Honor from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for performances featuring a multigenerational group of tradition-bearers, heirs to a rich legacy of music and dance passed down through the families.
Artistic Director Nina Menendez explains: “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century. They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as part of everyday life and are able to express a full range of genuine emotion with unique personal style. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of duende that transforms the mundane into the sublime.”
 
8th ANNUAL BAY AREA 
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2013
 
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
WEEKEND ONE:
CONCHA VARGAS 
Icon of Gypsy Flamenco Dance from Lebrija, Spain
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8pm: La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Sunday, Sept. 22Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  

WEEKEND TWO:

Celebrating over 50 Years in Flamenco
DAVID SERVA 
Godfather of Bay Area Flamenco Guitar

with  Jose Gálvez “El Duende”, Kina Méndez, Javier Heredia, Luis de la Tota

Friday, Sept 27, 8pmKuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz   
Sunday, Sept 29, 8pm: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley 

WEEKEND THREE:

GEMA MONEO
Rising Star of Gypsy Flamenco Dance 
from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Friday, Oct 4, 8pm: Brava Theater, San Francisco   
Saturday, Oct 5, 8pm: Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 
Sunday, Oct. 6, 8pm: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  
 
SPECIAL EVENT:
FLAMENCO PROJECT
A slideshow & roundtable discussion
Thursday, Sept 26, 7:30pmLa Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Images from the collection edited by guitarist/photographer Steve Kahn will spark discussion among a group of artists and flamenco aficionados who lived in Spain in the 1960s & 70s. Panelists include Steve Kahn, David Serva, Paul Shalmy, Jill Bacán, Mica Graña and Kenny Parker.

8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents CONCHA VARGAS!

Tickets: $30 General Seating, $50 Premium Seating (4 front rows)
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An icon of Gypsy flamenco dance, CONCHA VARGAS has it all: flamenco essence, temperament, charismarhythmic creativity, expressivity, skill and absolute confidence on stage. There is not an ounce of artifice in her dancing.  Her dance is a legacy passed down through the generations that she revitalizes and reinvents in every performance. Rooted in improvisation and emotion, her baile expresses her cultural identity and is absolutely authentic, making each one of her performances an unforgettable experience for all audiences.
 
Concha VargasConcha Vargas represents two of the most important families in flamenco history: los Pinini y los Peña. The daughter of Quintín Vargas, she was a student of the great Pepe Ríos who presented her for the first time on stage when she was 11 years old at the Gypsy flamenco festival, El Gazpacho de Morón, where she shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of the day: Fernanda de Utrera, Diego del Gastor and Antonio Mairena. In her teens, she worked for several years at a flamenco nightclub in Seville, La Cochera, alongside Manuela Carrasco. Then in 1974 she began working at the famous Zambra flamenco club in Madrid, partnering on stage with dancer El Güito. She gained national recognition with her role in the flamenco opera ‘Camelamos naquerar’ directed by the great Mario Maya. Later she joined guitarist Pedro Bacán’s legendary group, El Clan de los Pinini. She has performed in all the major festivals in Spain, including several appearances at Seville’s prestigious Bienal del Arte Flamenco. In recent years she has appeared as guest artist with the companies of both Antonio “El Pipa” and Andrés Marín. She has also performed for Indira Gandhi and pope Juan Pablo II.  She is an amazing teacher who sparks passion in students around the world giving them the key to self-expression through flamenco dance.
 
Concha will be joined on stage by a group of musician/dancers from Spain.
 
BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL

Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. In addition to several days of live performances, lecture demos, film screenings workshops and master classes, various informal gatherings provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and create a context for sharing cultural traditions and experiencing flamenco in a genuinely interactive and spontaneous environment.

“In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.”  -NPR The California Report

FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO
The Bay Area Flamenco Festival under the artistic direction of it’s founder, Nina Menéndez, presents the annual FESTIVAL FLAMENCO GITANO, dedicated to presenting grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. The UNESCO has recognized flamenco as a World Heritage Treasure, acknowledging the Spanish Gypsies’ essential role in flamenco’s evolution. Celebrating Spanish Gypsy music and dance as a living culture and a legacy of world stature, the Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists.  In 2012 Festival Flamenco Gitano received a Special Honor from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for performances featuring a multigenerational group of tradition-bearers, heirs to a rich legacy of music and dance passed down through the families.
 
Artistic Director Nina Menendez explains: “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century. They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as part of everyday life and are able to express a full range of genuine emotion with unique personal style. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of duende that transforms the mundane into the sublime.”
 
8th ANNUAL BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2013
 
WEEKEND ONE:
CONCHA VARGAS
Icon of Gypsy Flamenco Dance from Lebrija, Spain
Saturday, Sept. 21: La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Sunday, Sept. 22Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  

WEEKEND TWO:

Celebrating over 50 Years in Flamenco
DAVID SERVA 
Godfather of Bay Area Flamenco Guitar

with  Jose Gálvez “El Duende”    Kina Méndez

Javier Heredia    Luis de la Tota
Friday, Sept 27Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz   
Sunday, Sept 29: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley 
 

WEEKEND THREE:

GEMA MONEO
Rising Star of Gypsy Flamenco Dance 
from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Friday, Oct 4: Brava Theater, San Francisco   
Saturday, Oct 5: Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 
Sunday, Oct. 6: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz  
SPECIAL EVENT:
FLAMENCO PROJECT
A slideshow & roundtable discussion
Thursday, Sept 26La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley
Images from the collection edited by guitarist/photographer Steve Kahn will spark discussion among a group of artists and flamenco aficionados who lived in Spain in the 1960s & 70s. Panelists include Steve Kahn, David Serva, Paul Shalmy, Jill Bacán, Mica Graña, and Kenny Parker.

La Peña’s 38th Year Anniversary Class Recitals!

La Peña celebrates its 38th Anniversary this June! What better way to celebrate than to showcase our community of students, young and old, learning and participating in arts, music, dance, and cultural education. Join us in our 38th Year Class Recitals!

All proceeds will benefit La Peña.

La Peña’s free and low cost classes give hundreds of youth and adult students access to training by highly regarded art professionals teaching an array of art forms. This year’s recitals include:

Afro-Peruvian Adult Dance Class & Huaranguito (Afro-Peruvian Youth Music & Dance Ensemble)
Instructed by Gabriela Shiroma (Director of De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association), students learn to dance a varied repertoire of traditional dances from the coastal region of Peru such as festejos, landos, and zamacuecas. Huaranguito trains children from age 7-12 years old in the Afro-Peruvian traditions at a crucial period of their personal development and transitions. It is important that at this time of their lives, the children have the opportunity to learn their heritage, cultural practice and traditions for our community to ensure that the future generations continue our cultural legacies.

Vocals for Kids
Let’s sing! With the help of instructor Gail Dobson students will work on how to sing, learn to breathe properly, learn how to sing in a microphone, and get over their fear of performing – yes, it can be scary!

Rockin’ Kids Trio
Instructed by Stephanie Pepitone, the Rockin’ Kids Sing Along class meets year round. This class is a musical playgroup for kids of all ages. Stephanie Pepitone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former punk rock singer/guitarist. Stephanie plays acoustic guitar and leads families in about an hour’s worth of singing, dancing, music making and fun/chaos. The class features original children’s music and some of your old time favorites. She will be performing with her trio.

Adult & Youth Bomba
Instructed by Shefali Shah & Hector Lugo, students learn bomba dance, rhythms, and songs, accompanied by live drummers. The Youth class also teaches drumbeats along with Bomba history and its significance and place in Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean culture.

Puerto-Rican Music Ensemble
Instructed by Hector Lugo, this workshop is designed for all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in studying folkloric and popular Puerto Rican music. This class covers a variety of genres such as plena, aguinaldo, seis, guaracha jibara, and bomba popular, focusing on the dominant musical and lyrical structures, as well as the central rhythmic and melodic patterns, variations, and approaches to improvisation within each of these genres.

Josh Jones Latin Jazz Orchestra Performs for La Peña’s 38th Anniversary!

Every Monday night, La Peña’s Theater echoes with the sounds of horns, percussions, and vocals from students of the Latin Jazz Orchestra. Instructed by Josh Jones, they learn and perform great Salsa and Latin Jazz arrangements. This year, they perform for us LIVE to commemorate La Peña’s 38th Anniversary!

Drummer & Percussionist Josh Jones is recognized internationally from his touring with such jazz greats as Don Cherry, Steve Coleman, Omar Sosa and Peter Apfelbaum. He currently tours with Jacqui Naylor.

Josh’s recent recording projects include the soundtrack to the movie “La Mission,” as well as albums with Larry Coryell, Phil Ranelin, and Jacqui Naylor. Other notable recordings include Yosvanny Terry and Columna B, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Bernstein, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Tupac Shakur, Goapele, Zion-I, Taj Mahal, Bob Weir and AfroCuba de Matanzas.

Josh continues to perform with his various ensembles at clubs and festivals in the Bay Area and remains an influence on and supporter of jazz in the community.

La Peña Chorus performing for La Peña’s 38th Anniversary Benefit Concert

postcard_4x6_front modifiedJTLa Peña Cultural Center is 38 years young this June! Why not join La Peña Community Chorus in saluting the work done by so many over the years to maintain the excellence of this jewel of the East Bay. We are honored to call La Peña our home.

La Peña Chorus is planning to record this concert for our next CD, so come be a part of the audience!

La Peña Community Chorus
The La Peña Community Chorus has been singing songs of peace, justice, and hope since it began in 1978. Started by the Chilean exile community who founded La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley in 1975, the original mission of the Chorus was one of solidarity with the resistance against the dictatorship in Chile. But over the years our focus has expanded to other countries, including the struggles of people in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, and to various labor, community, and women’s struggles closer to home.

Our music includes not only the Nueva Canción (or “New Song Movement”) of Chile, but styles based in the folk and social justice movements of all of Latin America. We sing in nursing homes, elders’ residences, hospitals, migrant labor camps, juvenile halls, rehabilitation centers, and schools, in addition to our public concerts and performances.
In 1995, we were the first North American chorus to take part in the International Choral Festival in Santiago, Cuba. We followed up that tour by visiting Chile in 1999, Mexico in 2002, Peru in 2006, and Uruguay and Argentina in 2011.

La Chamba & La Misa Negra LIVE April 6th @ 8pm

La Chamba and La Misa Negra

Cumbia music and dance originated on the Columbia Caribbean coastal region but has since spread all over Latin America. In Peru,  Peruvian Cumbia started in the 1960s and is also often called Chicha, however, Peruvian cumbia and Chicha music are known as two separate genres that exist independently but influence each other. Cumbia chichais influenced by colmbian cumbia but also Andean melodies, Cuban guajiras and psychedelic surf guitars and synthesizers.

 Tomorrow night we bring you Cumbia music that started it all and it’s little brother Cumbia Chicha, played through the vessels of La Misa Negra and La Chamba respectively.

la-chambaLa Chamba band comes from a working-class background in Los Angeles and use their own daily life struggles to fuel their music. Their love for the sound and social message of Peruvian Cumbia Chicha and how much they felt like it paralleled their own lives in LA inspired them play it as the soundtrack to their lives. That sound has moved people everywhere to the dance floor and we can’t wait to bring their sound to La Peña.

 

 

lamisanegraLa Misa Negra is based in our own Bay Area, in Oakland,, whose 8-piece band plays a Cumbia blended with high-energy Afro-Latin dance music. They are known around the bay for their explosive and energetic live shows, called the most exciting live show in the Bay Area by many. Their shows are packed with horns, accordions riffs, crazy percussions and rhythms and lots of grooving and dancing.

 

If you want to release some energy after a long week, come dance it out on the floor with us at La Peña. This show is sure to get your blood flowing!

 

Las Tres Marîas: March 22nd 8pm @La Peña

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Three beautiful songbirds, each with a voice from a different homeland, fly into La Peña March 22nd to share their voices as immigrants, as women, as activists, as catalysts for change. Go to any major news site or channel and you’ll see countless stories on the latest news in immigration reform. But a key point that is perhaps more important than the stories that are flooding the news: Who is being included? The unique needs of immigrant women and their families have often been marginalized in past discussions about immigration reform.
At La Peña we want everyone to have a voice.
Partnering with TIGRA, an organization that seeks to empower immigrants, we bring Diana Gameros, Radmilla Cody, and Cynthia Alexander, or Las Tres Marias, to tell their stories.

Come see them LIVE on March 22, 2013 -8pm at La Peña!

Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and now living in San Francisco, Diana Gameros writes and sings inspiring songs of love, longing and hope that reflect her experience as a young 21st century woman on the border of two cultures and languages. She works to promote social justice and global awareness through her support of organizations like ALIADI (Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes), Biosafety Alliance, Urban Sprouts, SF Living Wage Coalition and 16 Days of ARTivism.

Radmilla Cody is a traditional Navajo recording artist. Radmilla is a biracial woman and a survivor of domestic violence. She uses her personal experience to advocate strongly against violence and communicate positive messages about her dual identity as a biracial woman.

Cynthia Alexander is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist highly regarded in her native Philippines, who currently lives in Seattle, Washington. She fuses electronic, industrial, indigenous, contemporary and pop elements into a cohesive musical narrative. Her music infuses prose-poetry and haunting melodies with indigenous Philippine and Asian rhythms.

CANCELED-18th Annual Womyn of Color Arts & Crafts Fair

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.


CANCELED-18th Annual Womyn of Color Arts & Crafts Fair

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.


Chile Independence Day Celebration ¡Viva el 18! with Grupo Araucaria

Traditional dance and music ensemble.Based in San Francisco, California, Araucaria has been performing together for more than twelve years. Araucaria shares traditional folk dances from Chile, with the diverse community of the Bay Area.Taken from the name of a native tree found in southern Chile and Tierra del Fuego, Araucaria performs dances representative of the cold and rainy region of Chiloe, in the south, the sunny and productive valleys in the central region, the desert and festive andes mountains in the north, and also dances of Easter Island. Araucaria shares a distinct sample of dances representing Chile’s diverse geography and culture.

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