Ena Camargo and Gigi Ortega helping a young dancer accessorize. October 1, 2000 12:15pm
It's about 1:00am on Monday as I type these words. I'm pretty psyched about my being able to recover these old photo files from a hard disk that crashed last year. As far as I know, I have the most extensive collection of photos and articles about the DC flamenco scene. These photo archives mean a lot to me and I want to share them with you.
So this is my first retrospective blog entry. I'll do these from time to time especially during slow periods like now since most of the local tablao gigs are canceled during holiday periods like Christmas.
These pics were taken in October 2000. Those of you who have been involved in the flamenco scene for many years will probably recognize some of these young dancers. Or maybe you won't. Some people change a lot in 7 years. Some change very little or not at all. Take a look for yourself and decide. Enjoy!
May 6, 2007 2:22pm
It's 3:27am on Sunday as I type these words. And no, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. While it has been more than a week since my last blog posting, I have been pretty busy spending time with family for Christmas not to mention catching up with some of my friends that I haven't seen in awhile.
These pics are from way back in May 2007. I was doing a gig down in Virginia Beach at the Chrysler Museum of Art with fellow musicians Amilcar Cruz and Jason Vera y Aragón. Afterwards, the dancers of choreographer/teacher Vicky Flores Cooke (based in Virginia Beach) put on a performance featuring flamenco and classical Spanish pieces. After many years of communicating with Vicky via email and telephone, this was the first time we met in person, finally!
Incidentally, when their performance began, I discovered that the batteries in my camera were dead. Thank God, Jason had his camera. He let me borrow it and I was very fortunate to be able to capture these many beautiful moments for you. Enjoy the pics!
María dancing Sevillanas at Cafe Citron. December 17, 2007 9:40pm (photo by Jani)
It's about 2:30am on Friday as I type these words. Although I had an enjoyable and relaxing day off (Thursday), I'm feeling a bit tired, but can't sleep so here I am editing pics and blogging to keep myself entertained.
So how did I spend my day off, you ask? Around 11am, I met up with one of my top friends from MySpace who happens to be a very prominent person in the DC salsa community (HINT: this past Monday she received the award as "Washington Salsera of the Year") .
Timo Núñez and Ginette dancing Sevillanas at Cabanas. December 14, 2007 9:33pm (photo by Serenity/Carol)
It's about 5:00am on Monday as I type these words. And yeah, I'm actually starting to fall asleep. This is my second blog entry in a two-hour period, yay! So last Friday I performed at Cabanas with Ginette plus guest dancer Timo Núñez. In case you didn't know, Timo was in town doing a show with Edwin (here's the review) and happened to be sticking around DC for another week so we squeezed him in as a guest artist in a few local tablao shows. My friend Hector Márquez joined us onstage to sing a few letras por bulerías and alegrías. Serenity and Carol volunteered to be my photographers and got a few pics from the second set. Thank you ladies! Enjoy!
Tamara Sol Flys, Edwin Aparicio, Hector Márquez, Timo Núñez, Ricky Santiago, Pam de Ocampo and Ginette Perea at Las Tapas. December 11, 2007 8:38pm
Yeah, it's really 4:00am on Monday as I type these words. This is like the fourth night in a row I've been wide awake at this hour. At least I got stuff I can do at home, like blogging, to keep me busy without disturbing the neighbors. I needed to catch up anyway, so here ya go: pics from last Tuesday at Las Tapas (Old Town Alexandria, Virginia) with dancers Timo Núñez and Claudia. My thanks to Hector Márquez for being my volunteer photographer for the evening. Enjoy!