Halfway to New Jersey: two hours to go! February 24, 2008 12:55pm
It's 6:05am on Friday as I type these words. Yeah, I'm up early. My schedule has been crazy this week--been waking up early and sometimes not sleeping at all. Anywayz, since I'm up, I might as well crank out a quick blog documenting a gig I did in New Jersey last Sunday night with dancer Ricky Santiago and singer Hector Márquez.
Flamenco is challenging enough as it is. But add a four-hour drive on top of it and it's even more of a challenge! We got on the road at 11:00am with the intent of arriving at 3:00pm...just enough time to check out the theatre, do some run-throughs and chill before the 6:00pm curtain.
It's 7:45am on Tuesday as I type these words. Yeah, believe it or not, I'm really up at this hour mostly because I came home before midnight last night for a change. Cafe Citron was a blast (stay tuned for a blog later) but my usual stop at Ozio afterwards didn't happen cuz they were closed for the President's Day holiday. Ugh.
Since I'm up I might as well publish some backstage pics from the flamenco festival. For those of you who weren't aware, Lisner Auditorium hosted their 8th annual flamenco festival last week. This was the schedule:
Saturday February 9, 2008 Cuatro Esquinas featuring Carmen Linares, Miguel Poveda, Juan Carlos Romero and Pastora Galván.
Sunday February 10, 2008 Tomatito Quintet featuring Tomatito, El Cristi, Lucky Losada, La Tana and José Maya
Tuesday February 12, 2008 Gala Flamenca: Mujeres featuring Merche Esmeralda, Belén Maya, Rocío Molina and Diana Navarro
Thursday and Friday February 14-15, 2008 Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena
Ginette dancing soleá at Tapeo. February 16, 2008 9:15pm (photo by Jani)
It's 5:44pm on Monday as I type these words. Been a busy day, but I still wanted to squeeze in a quick blog entry with some random pics from Saturday night--a very enjoyable night by the way. Besides my usual Saturday night flamenco show at Tapeo (where Ginette was the dancer for the evening and in the words of one audience member: "Gin rocked the house!"), I helped put together a birthday party for my flamenco buddies Jason Vera y Aragón and Richard Marlow.
My "corner" of the stage. February 7, 2008 6:31pm
It's 2:39am on Friday as I type these words. It's movie night again at my place (still haven't come up with a cool name like we did for the Pink Flamenco). Had a friend over and we watched a DVD. Just one though cuz I also wanted to squeeze in a blog entry before going to bed.
So last night (Thursday) I played guitar for a dance workshop taught by Sara Jerez. The program was titled "Flamenco Dance on Lisner's Stage...Starring You!" It's been a part of the flamenco festival every year since 2005. Cool thing about it is that it allows the public to get an informal taste of what it's like to be onstage, in the fact, the very same stage that some of the world's top flamenco performers will be performing on starting this Saturday with Miguel Poveda, Carmen Linares, Juan Carlos Romero and Pastora Galvan! (Please tell me you've already bought your tickets.)
This program "Flamenco Dance on Lisner's Stage...Starring You!" is also an opportunity for the public to meet some of the local flamenco dance teachers and performers, get their contact info and perhaps continue with more classes on a formal basis.