Una Nota de Lorca Oct 21 & 22, 2016

Teatro Praguas Presents
Una Nota de Lorca
October 21 & 22, 2016

Una Nota de Lorca
Teatro Paraguas presents
Uma Nota de Lorca Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm, tickets $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students, reservations 505-424-1601

Flamenco music, poetry and dance inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of his death.

Teatro Paraguas present two evenings of flamenco music, poetry and dance inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the poet's death. Virtuoso quitarist Chuscales, famed singer Jose Cortes & Fernando Lirola, and the accomplished dancer Mina Fajardo lead a talented ensemble in an unforgettable performance.

Chuscales (Guitarist, Musical Director, Composer), a world-renowned guitarist of legendary technical and musical prowess, will be joined by a fascinating group of flamenco artists, including
Mina Fajardo (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Playwright, Dancer)
José Cortés Fernández - Special Gust Artist - Singer
Fernando Barros Lirola (Singer, Historian, Author)
Argos MacCallum (Actor)
Alejandro Valle Fajardo (Percussionist)
Marco Topo (Bass Player)
Alex Hudson (Lighting)

Monze Diaz, Amanda Crocker, Xochitl Ehrl, Janira Cordova
Heather Miro, Charles Brunn, Zoe Whittle, Maria Valle, Seri Kotowski, Jenna Espinoza
Carmella Scorcia, Paula Fasken, Kelly Tucker, Roxanne Tapia, Anahi Diaz

This year will be the 80th Anniversary of Garcia Lorcas death.
Chuscales and Fernando Lirola both grew up in Lorcas hometown Granada, Spain.
Special Guest Singer will be Jose Cortes Fernandez.

Jose Valle Chuscales Guitarist, Musical Director, Composer

Chuscales was the name given to composer and virtuoso flamenco
guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo by his gypsy grandfather. Born in Antequera,
Spain, Chuscales grew up in a traditional gypsy family of professional
flamenco dancers and musicians who lived and performed in the famed gypsy

caves of the Sacromonte quarter in Granada, one of the legendary cradles
of flamenco. During the nightly shows in his grandmothers cave, he
absorbed the rhythms of flamenco dancing and the nuances of flamenco

Chuscales recalls, I wish you could have seen it . . . the families in
the caves and the singing and dancing. There might be seven, eight, maybe
nine caves, and there would be more singing and dancing on the streets
every day. It was unbelievable. . . . A lot of people dont have my luck
. . . learning flamenco in a Gypsy family where the music is passed down
from tradition to tradition, from legend to legend. I thank God I was
around such great musicians all my life . . . This is where I learned
everything  the rhythm, the compas, the guitar. I am still learning
from those thousands of nights performing with my family, with my father,
my grandfather, and my friends.

Chuscales began formal guitar lessons at age six under the instruction of
his uncle Joaquín Fajardo and Maestro Agustinillo, two prominent guitar
masters in the region. He began his performing career, however, as a
dancer, an experience that provided him a deep understanding of the
bailes subtle nuances. Chusco explains . . . I can understand and
follow dancers. I can see where they are going before they take their next
step. I know what a dancer is looking for, how much tension should be in
the music, the right rhythm, when to play strong or soft . . . so if a
dancer asks me for something, I know what they want.

Throughout his distinguished career, Chuscales has accompanied such

Spanish flamenco luminaries as El Farruco, Mario Maya, El Guito, La
Singla, La Polaca, La Chunga, Pepa Coral, Juan Ogalla, Soledad Barrio,
Carmen Ledesma, Jose Merce, Jose Mendez, Manolo Cano, Serranito and Juan
El Lebrijano. He has toured with the dance companies of Mario Maya,
Jose Greco, Zorongo Flamenco, Carlota Santana, Maria Benitez, Juan Siddi
and a world tour as principal guitarist with Soledad Barrios Noche
Flamenca. He has been a featured performer at the Telluride Jazz Festival,
the Santa Fe Jazz & International Music Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl
World Music Festival, He has performed with the New Mexico Symphony
Orchestra and in his home town of Santa Fe, Chuscales has been principal
guitarist and musical director for Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco and Juan
Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe. Most recently he performed at the Tucson Flamenco
Festival and in May he will perform at the Houston Flamenco Festival.

Because of his profound understanding of flamenco musical traditions,
Chuscales has been much in demand as a teacher. He has taught at Santa Fe
College, Northern New Mexico College, the National Institute of
Flamenco, The Institute for Spanish Arts, Dartmouth University, the
University of New Mexico and the Minneapolis and Calgary Guitar Societies.

For his musical artistry Chuscales has received numerous award nominations
and honors: an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 1997 for
Composition/Arrangement and Direction and a nomination in 2011 in the
category of Music/Sound/Text. He was honored with Dora Mavor Moore Award
nominations from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts in 2010,
2009 and 2007 for Outstanding Sound Design and Composition. In 2009
Chuscales was chosen to perform for the Crown Prince and Princess of Spain
during the Santa Fe 400th Anniversary celebrations.

Film credits include the Spanish film Camelamos Naquerar (1976); original
theme music for the American documentary Gypsy Heart (1998); and the
documentary films El Payo (2010), Sobre Las Olas (2013) and Españoles Por
El Mundo Nuevo Mexico (2013) www.Chuscales.com <http://www.chuscales.com/>  

Mina Fajardo - Artistic Director, Choreographer, Playwright and Dancer
Mina Valle Fajardo, "Mina" has received extensive training in flamenco,
Escuela bolera, jazz, Tap and ballet. Mina has received flamenco training
from El Guito, Carmera Greco, Ciro, La Tati, La China, Alejandro Granados,
Yolanda Heredia, Isabel Bayon, Rafaela Carrasco, Pastora Galvan, Jose
Maya, Ursula Lopez, Adela Campallo, Rafael Campallo, Concha Vargas, Eva La
Yerbabuena, Farruquito, La Lupi, Andres Marin, Joaquin Ruiz and Keiko

She has taught in the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts, Northern
New Mexico University, Santa Fe Community College, Eva Encinias
Sandovals National Institute of Flamenco, Nava Elementary School,
Sweeney Elementary School, The New Mexico Academy of International School,
Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Danceworks, Moving Arts Española, Maria
Vazquez Flamenco Denver, The Spanish Institute of Dance in Houston, Texas,
and Fazil Dance Studio & Japanese Chamber of Commerce in New York City.

Fajardo has performed in Japan, New York City, San Francisco, Boston,
Denver, Houston, Maryland and Albuquerque and has made several appearances
on television in Manhattan, New Mexico, Japan & Spain. In Santa Fe, She
has performed at the Santa Fe Opera and in the Santa Fe Jazz and
International Music Festival at the Lensic Theatre.

She has performed with many artists including Elena Andujar, El Pripi,
La Tibu, Chuscales, YiYi, Silverio Heredia, Tequila de Jerez, Omayra Amaya,
Jose Cortes, Manuel Gutierrez, Kina Mendez, Juan Siddi and Keiko Isshiki.

She choreographed and performed in many productions including Flamenco Fiesta - Una Nota de Lorca (Santa Fe, 2016),  Gypsy Book (Santa Fe, 2015) "Flamenco Masters" (Denver, CO 2015), "Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival 2015" (Houston, TX 2015), Flamenco X3 (2015), "Gypsy Passion"(2014),
"Flamenco Fiesta!" (2015, 2014 & 2013), "Forever in My Heart" (Santa Fe, 2013 ),
"My Gypsy Soul" (Santa Fe, 2012), "Chuscales at Old Main, Boulder" (CO,
2011), "Chuscales y Mina Fajardo con Las Tres Mujeres" (Las Vegas. NM,
2010), "Chuscales Live at MIT" (Boston, 2009), Telluride Jazz Festival
(Telluride, 2008), "Chuscales at Tubac" (Tubac, AZ, 2007), "Soul del Arte

Tradiciones e Innovaciones" (San Francisco, 2005), "Ainadamar, Landscapes
and Impression" Santa Fe Opera (2005), "A Night of Flamenco Magic
Lakewood Cultural Center (Denver, CO, 2005), "Santa Fe Jazz and
International Music Festival" (2004 & 2001), The John E. Morlow Guitar
Series  Flamenco Night (Chevy Chase, MD, 2004), SJC Multicultural
Arts Series Flamenco (San Juan Capistrano, CA, 2003).

She appeared in films "Flamenco Passion & Soul" (1999), "El Payo" (2010),
"Españoles en el mundo - Nuevo Mexico" (2013).

She currently teaches flamenco dance classes at Santa Fe Community
College, Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Danceworks & Moving Arts
Española and performs with Chuscales, Juan Siddi & Kina Mendez at Local
Tablao & Theater in Santa Fe, NM.

José Cortés Fernández - Singer
José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, Jose began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the premio del joven aficionado del cante flamenco, accompanied on guitar by Terremoto hijo. He was immersed in the world of flamenco with the greatest artists, such as Terremoto, Pansequito, Camarón de la Isla, Moraito Chico and Tomatito. Since then, he has shared the stage with the best artists, including Belen Lopez, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Manuel de la Malena, Juan Ogalla, Javier Serrano, Joselito Vega, María del Mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, Mara Martinez, Andrés Peña, Pilar Ortega, Antonio el Titi, Juan Carmona, Isabel Gazquez and Manuel Gutierrez. He has sung for the workshops of Carmen Ledesma, Israel Galván, Angelita Gómez and Javier Latorre. In 2010, he moved to the United States and now works with many amazing artists such as Jason McGuire, Ricardo Diaz (and on his record Traversura), Yaelisa Camino Flamencos, Carola Zertuche Teatro Flamenco, Fanny Ara, Melissa Cruz, Cristina Hall, Jesus Muñoz, Jesus Montoya, Antonio de Jerez and Pedro Cortés. An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.

Fernando Barros Lirola - Singer
Fernando Barros Lirola was born in Motril (Granada) Spain in 1952 and
focused his studies on geology at the University of Granada. Since 1980 he
has performed in concerts and at Andalusian flamenco festivals around the
world. He is a singer (cantaor), composer, writer and innovator
specializing in flamenco music, with emphasis on bringing voice to the
poets and writers of Spain, notably Federico Garcia Lorca, Antonio
Machado, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Miguel Hernandez and Miguel de Cervantes.
Additionally, he specializes in interpreting the texts of several
anonymous medieval poets.

Fernando is the author, with Sandra González, of the theatrical text,
Que venga, que venga flamenco! His book, Flamenco en las
Aulas, will be used in a college course on flamenco in the fall of

2015. He is writing a second book, Why Flamenco? Both books will be
available in Spanish and English, and his contributions to various
periodicals is extensive.

As an invited member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO,
Fernando is an active participant in the preservation of dance around the
world. He attended the First International Congress of the Andalusian
Institute of Flamenco and was the Director of the first international
meetings of Motril Flamenco (2013). At the initial meeting of
International Meeting of Folk Music Analysis, he participated in
Experience in Teaching Flamenco, as well as courses in Flamenco
in the Classroom. He has a solid body of work available on social media

While in New Mexico as an artist in residence in 2014, Fernando led
workshops at elementary and secondary schools in Santa Fe, conducted
master classes in Denver and Boulder, CO, and at the University of New
Mexico in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He performed in venues
In Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and Boulder.

Fernando is on the leading edge of integrating the tradition of flamenco
with his unique understanding of its cadences and rhythms, as well as the
melody inherent in the poetry of his countrymen. His innovations
include use of the voice as an instrument of positive expression, in
combining traditional melodies with harmonies unique to the flavors and
textures of the verses, and in engaging the audience in the meaning of
expressive emotions.

Fernandos work can be viewed on various social media sites. He is
available to conduct classes, design curriculum, perform, and participate
in panel discussions on the fascinating history of flamenco as it has
evolved over the centuries.