Hampshire Flamenco - Flamenco Group

This Flamenco group are based on the South Coast and are available from a 4 piece up to an 8 piece ensemble for Concerts &Shows as well as Private Functions. The guitarist is also available for solo bookings.

The Guitarist
He began his flamenco guitar studies in Madrid in the famous Flamenco Academy "Amor de Dios".
He has studied with highly regarded guitarists such as "El Entri" and Miguel Rivera.
Having acquired sound flamenco guitar technique, he moved to Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia in search of a deeper meaning of Flamenco and to experience it at its rawest.
Here, he continued to study with great performers such as Parilla de Jerez, Jose Luis Balao, Jesus Alvarez, Santiago Lara and Joselillo Mendez, whilst also working as a guitarist for notable dancers and teachers such as Manuela Carpio and Ani María López.
He has worked in venues in Spain and in the UK such as "La Damajuana", "Peña Los Cernicalos" (in the acclaimed 2005 Jerez flamenco annual festival "Las noches de la Plazuela,) as well as various theatres in Germany and throughout the U.K.
His playing is a musical blend of old and new styles, emotion and clarity.
He is a sensitive and creative guitarist with that added ingredient which is unmistakably flamenco, yet eludes us when we try to describe it.

The Dancer
She has studied with some of the most renowned teachers and artists ever seen in Spain: in the capital itself in the famous "Amor de Dios" flamenco school and in Jerez de la Frontera, in Andalusia.
Dancers and teachers such as Ciro, Maria Magdalena, Maria Bermudez, Belen Fernandez, Carmela Greco, Manuela Carpio among many others.
She's also trained with Bata de Cola (traditional dress with long train) with maestros such as Yolanda Heredia, Mercedez Ruiz and Matilde Coral. She dominates this discipline " an art form in itself and one very few dancers master " with ease and great artistic temperament.
She has performed in various theatres both in and outside Spain including "El teatro de Burgos", Madrid and Zaragoza and theatres throughout the UK and in major US cities. She's toured in Spain with Maria Gracia and the Spanish classical singers in "Esas Cosas del Querer", where she performed solo and in duets as support to this very popular Spanish show.

Apart from large theatres, she has also done the prestigious circuit of more intimate flamenco venues called "peñas" and "tablaos" alongside other well-known flamenco artists; venues highly respected among the flamenco community.
In Jerez, she has danced in "Parilla" tablao, "La Taberna Flamenca" and "La Damajuana" with up and coming artists from Andalusia. In 2005, she was invited to perform with other Jerez artists, (Luis El Mono, Ali de la Tota, Juanilloro etc) in the esteemed annual festival event, "Las Noches de la Plazuela", which takes place in one of the oldest and most prestigious peñas in Andalusia, "Los Cernícalos".

What she expresses in her dance, however, can not be learned. The fury coupled with grace, the elegance combined with earthy passion, her ease with the mantón (flamenco shawl)"the way it floats through the air like a bird in flight"; these qualities come from her soul.
This flamenco flame was lit and is kept alive by perhaps the greatest teacher of all " the joy, the struggle and the passion of living and working alongside the flamenco people of Jerez de la Frontera; a land steeped in flamenco tradition, the home of flamenco.

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