Musical Performance: Arturo Martínez and Ensemble ("Espíritu Gitano"): The Roots of Flamenco

Sat, December 20, 2008 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Following his sold-out performance at Symphony Space, Arturo Martínez and his ensemble present: Espíritu Gitano ("Gypsy Spirit"): The Roots of Flamenco.


Arturo Martínez, Flamenco Guitarist/Musical Director
Bárbara Martínez,
Sol Koeraus,
Maya De Silva Chafe,
Sean Kupisz,
Electric Bass
Tony De Vivo,

and special guests:

Carmen La Salao
Cintron Brothers
Najma Ayashah
Badel Roy

Watch/Listen: Bárbara Martínez and Arturo Martínez

$20/$15 for students with I.D.


Arturo Martínez (Flamenco Guitarist/Musical Director)
Arturo began playing the electric guitar at the age of 13 in the tradition of Afro American music. In playing the guitar it was logical that he would be drawn to flamenco "the black music" of Spain, because of its Gypsy, Arab and Jewish influences. He has accompanied such famous artists as Jose Molina, Jose Greco, Chuni Amaya, Joaquin Fajardo, Concha Vargas, as well as Maria Alba, Pilar Rioja and Andrea Del Conte. He produces the annual New York Flamenco Festival at the Thiasos Restaurant in New York City, and was a consultant and co-producer for World Music Institute's two concerts of Traditional Flamenco music with renowned artists El Torombo and Concha Vargas.

Bárbara Martínez (Singer/Dancer)
Bárbara Martínez has been performing since she was a child, debuting as a singer at The Metropolitan Opera at 10 years of age. Born in Venezuela to a family of artists, including singer/actresses Libertad Lamarque and Morenita Rey, she spent her youth performing in opera, off-Broadway and film in New York City. Bárbara turned her focus to flamenco after graduating from Brown University in 1998 (B.A. Honors). She has danced with The Metropolitan Opera in Zeffirelli’s productions of Carmen and La Traviata, as a dance soloist in festivals at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Symphony Space sponsored by the World Music Institute, and has sung for Pilar Rioja at El Repertorio Español in New York City. Bárbara also performs with Spirit of Sepharad, Pasión y Arte, Gazpacho Andalú, Andrea del Conte Danza España, Sol y Sombra, Oscar Valero Company and Arts Flamenco. She is also a founding member of Fortuna Productions, which has staged a series of avant-garde musical plays by Amelia Arenas. Bárbara received a scholarship this year from the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville for advanced studies in flamenco singing.

Sol Koeraus (Singer/Dancer)
Glenda Sol Koeraus was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sol has danced flamenco since the age of 15, her grandmother a strong influence. Sol brought her love for flamenco to the United States and has performed with many renowned artists, such as La Meira, Carmen La Salao, Jorge Navarro, The Cintrón Brothers, Alfonso Cid, Pilar Andujar, Hernan Romero, Nelida Tirado and Antonio Hidalgo. She continued her studies in the US with Nely Tirado, La Meira, La china, Omayra Amaya and Soledad Barrio. While in Spain she studied with Belen Maya and La Mora. She is a member of Pasión y Arte Flamenco Company and Andrea del Conte Danza España. She also worked for Queen Dance Incorporated and instructed workshops for school children of all ages throughout the boroughs of NYC. Sol is involved in art in education programs. She has participated in arts in education concerts, lectures and tours. She has led lecture demonstrations in schools, libraries and community center with Andrea del Conte Danza España, Reinaldo Rincon and Carlota Santana. She currently teaches at the Eastern Athletic. Through her classes she hopes to assist others in discovering their own love for Flamenco, mastery of the fascinating rhythms and the pure joy of dancing. Sol dances in many of the tablaos in New York on a regular basis.

Maya De Silva Chafe (Singer/Dancer)
Maya de Silva Chafe was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Taos, NM, earning her BFA in Theatre & Dance from UNM, Albuquerque. Choosing flamenco as her primary focus upon her arrival in New York in 1987, Maya has performed as a soloist and company corps dancer with groups such as Maria Benitez, Carlota Santana, Andrea Del Conte and Flamenco Latino in tablaos and theatres in New York, New Mexico and California, in such notable venues as The Joyce Theatre, DTW, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Kaatsbaan, and at Boston Pops for PBS Channel 13. Recent accomplishments include performances in Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’ play “Lorca con un Vestido Verde” at Repertorio Español, and an Equity workshop of “Deep Song /The Lorca Project.” She has choreographed and produced at Kraine Theatre and PS 122, Third St Music School, and in Santa Barbara, California’s CenterStage among other companies, as well as with her own NYC pre-professional company, Las Chavalas del Barrio. Maya completed a Professional Certificate course at the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain, where she studied with El Farruquito, Javier Latorre, Carmen Ledesma, Israel Galván, Isabel Bayon and Milagros Mengibar. She currently teaches at Fazil’s Dance Studios for Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo and at Rod Rodgers Dance Studios.

Sean Kupisz
(Electric Bass)
Sean was born in California and raised in New York. At an early age he began to study piano, clarinet and percussion. Subsequently, he began his bass studies with his uncle. Upon graduation from the Marines Corps Musician Program, he played with several jazz musicians on the Hilton Head nightclub circuit, and then returned to New York where he continued to compose and arrange for his own fusion band. Recently, he scored the music for the documentary film "International High". He has also performed with Amanecer Flamenco Progresivo, Minbre y Vareta, Andrea Del Conte Danza España, Flamenco Latino, and the Blues-Pop fusion band The Sway Machinery.

Tony De Vivo (Percussion/Vocals)
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Tony became interested in music as a 5 year old watching his sister take piano lessons at home. Later at the age of 11 he started playing the drum-kit and taught himself to play by practicing along with recordings. At 16, Tony started working as a musician in Caracas, and moved to New York City in 1991 where he enrolled at The New School earning a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music. Tony has toured Puerto Rico, South America, Europe & the States as co-leader of the Son Montuno band Mo'guajiro, of which he is a founding member, and as a leader with the Latin-Jazz group JazzSabroson who were selected two years in succession by the Kennedy Center to travel abroad in 2005 and 2006 as part of the “Jazz Ambassadors” program. Tony also performs in NYC with Pedro Giraudo's group Mr. Vivo Big Band, Argentinean Jazz and the Carpentier String Quartet as guest percussionist.


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