Discussing the program. From left: guitarist Wilver Hernández, singer Naíto, guitarist Hector Márquez, percussionist Mateo Romero and dancer Sarah Hart. May 28, 2010
It's 1-something pm on Monday...a mere 12 hours since I last published a blog entry today! It's 85° F and sunny outside and yes, I am indoors in front of my Mac, but I can't help it. The sacrifices I make for the DC flamenco community! Seriously though I'm in the mood to publish something so here goes...
This past Friday, a group of some friends of mine that I like to call "Los Jovenes Flamencos," who all happen to be in their early 20's, performed in a fundraiser concert at St Michael Archangel Catholic Church in Silver Spring. I wasn't able to go, but fortunately Hector's sister Marylin and members of Wilver's family took pics. Enjoy!
Flamenco guitarist Miguelito and dancer Ginette. Seanie comments, "Study of Ginette, dancing from the waist up: She is sprawled on the floor, and Pérez crouches beside her as Blue shoots from a distance to compress the focal plane. Shot on a 185mm zoom MF Nikkor lens which is the favorite of model train enthusiasts." May 29, 2010 (photo by Seanie Blue)
It's 1-something am on Monday as I type these words..the last day of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Just got home after spending the evening at the Georgetown Waterfront with a friend. Of course we stopped by Bodega and after consuming a very potent pitcher-and-a-half of white sangría I seriously had to lie down. But that was an hour ago and now I'm sobered up and wide awake!
So this past Saturday my flamenco dancer friend Ginette and I returned to the new arts/music space "The Wonderbox" but this time to do a shoot with photographer Seanie Blue. Although we had been to the "Box" only once before, it was already feeling like home mostly because Seanie, being an artist himself, had a pretty good idea of what to say and do to make us feel comfortable.
Seanie comments, "...the session goes for 3.5 hours, has five costume changes, and consumes 1,238 photographs. Manual lenses, focused each time, dancing subject! But the results are cool."
Miguelito playing guitar at the grand opening of The Wonderbox. May 23, 2010 (photo by Andrés Jacome Melkonian)
It's 11-something am on Wednesday as I type these words. As usual, I'm doing my blogging at a cafe using free WiFi while getting my caffeine fix.
So this past Sunday, flamenco dancer Ginette and I were invited to perform at the grand opening of The Wonderbox, a new art/music space in DC founded by Seanie Blue and Andy Cassatt.
Among the guests were many fellow artists from musicians to dancers to actors to photographers to videographers and more! And while I could've handed my camera to someone in the audience to take pics of our flamenco show, instead I waited to see what some of photographers in attendance that evening would come up with.
My friend Andrés Jacome Melkonian gave me permission to republish here some of his work...thanks Andrés!
Farruca. May 15, 2010 (photo by Gail Kapsambelis)
It's 4-something pm on Friday as I type these words. The weather's gorgeous again and I'm indoors at my neighborhood Starbucks. Sipping an iced café americano by the window watching the people walk by...so much for concentrating on writing this blog. Oh well.
So last Saturday Arte Flamenco performed in its 10th annual student recital. Of course, it was scheduled the same time as my weekly gig at Cafe Citron so I couldn't go, but thank God my new dancer friend Franciska came through with photos from the recital. Here's a small random selection for your enjoyment.
Flamenco dancer Ginette performing Sevillanas at Cafe Ciron. May 8, 2010 (photo by Jani)
It's almost 2pm on Saturday as I type these words. The weather's sunny and breezy now but I'm indoors at my local Barnes and Noble cranking out a quickie blog. Not to worry, I promise I'll get some fresh air for a bit before getting ready for my flamenco gig tonight at Cafe Citron.
So yeah it's been a while since my dancer friend Ginette has performed at Cafe CItron. As you might imagine the past year or so, she's been busy with work and finishing up college. In fact, by the time you read this she'll have graduated by then...congrats Ginette!
Tonight's show (assuming you're reading this on Saturday) at Cafe Citron will also feature a dancer that hasn't been in my blog for awhile: Sara Candela. She recently moved back to the DC area from Chile and has been getting settled back in to the local flamenco scene again, teaching at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Ranier, Maryland and dancing here and there but mostly at El Manantial in Reston, Virginia.
There's a lot of stuff going flamenco-wise this weekend that is of interest to you my readers. But believe it or not, not all of it is here in DC. Read on...