[Editor's note: this blog post was originally published in September 2000 when the DC Flamenco website was hosted by a company called Geocities which no longer exists. So in honor of the Gipsy Kings upcoming concerts at Wolf Trap and Pier Six Pavillion in August 2011, I decided to bring back this blog post to reminisce about an inspiring after-party with the artists. Enjoy!]
Nicolas Reyes, Tonino Baliardo and the rest of the musicians performed at Wolf Trap's Filene Center September 4th and 5th, 2000 in Vienna, Virginia.
On the second night, my friends and I headed to their hotel after the concert to catch the party.
While we were waiting in the lobby, I was talking to Canut Amador and Titi, sons of Paul Reyes and Patchai respectively. (Thanks to Rachel Hernandez from Texas for the genealogical info.) My friend Juan Martín mentioned to them that I am a guitarist. So naturally, they asked me to play. When the guitars came out of the cases, the party began…
We passed the instruments around and when young Canut and Titi played they turned the guitars the other way and played them left-handed. It was something that I had never seen, at least not up close.
Apparently, some members of the band heard the music in the lobby and they started to wander in one by one. Nicolas was the only one who was willing to take my guitar and play a little.
In the picture above, Nicolas sings and plays while Canut Amador and local singer-guitarist Kivanc look on.(Be sure to read Kivanc's account of the concert)
Flamenco dancer Sara Jerez performing Sevillanas accompanied by guitarist Miguelito. July 30, 2011 (photo by Steve)
It's 3pm on Sunday as I type these words. This'll be just a quick blog post. Had a blast last night celebrating my birthday again with a few close friends I met up with after the show (sorry no pics, haha). But here are some from my performance at Cafe Citron with flamenco dancer Sara Jerez. Enjoy!
Flamenco dancers Vathec and Salma Salman at Black Fox Lounge. July 20, 2011
It's almost 3pm on Monday as I type these words. Yeah I know it's been a few weeks since I last blogged. Between spurts of actual busy-ness and days when it was just too damn hot to do anything, I just never got around to it. Excuses, excuses.
So last Wednesday night I went to the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle to attend a performance by Flamenco Compás featuring the Salman family of dancers Vathec, Nour and Salma with dancer Audrey Elizabeth, guitarist Torcuato Zamora, singer Joe Darensbosurg and percussionist Steve Bloom.
There was a cover charge of $15, kinda steep for a struggling artist like myself, but it's always worth it to support your fellow performing artists, right? And besides, most of the names on the program I had never heard before: fresh new talent here in DC, yes!
I took about 350 pictures with no flash. Here are a few decent ones with some brief commentary…
That's me, Miguelito, tuning up and introducing myself and my guest flamenco dancer at my Dad's birthday in Los Angeles. June 25, 2011 (photo by Jolly Cabigao)
Happy birthday USA ! It's almost midnight on July 4th as I type these words. Finally got around to publishing some pics from my trip to Los Angeles last week for my Dad's 75th birthday. It also was my first time back home since 1996—that's 15 years ago, wow!
So a couple of weeks before the big day, my Dad called and requested that I put together a little flamenco show. Of course I love to perform and besides fulfilling this special wish on his birthday, most of my extended family lives in LA and had never heard me play flamenco guitar.
The question was what to do about a flamenco dancer to perform with me. My first thought of course was to bring a dancer from DC with me to LA. Or I could just find a dancer in LA. Turns out I had reestablished contact with a few of my old LA dancer friends such as Richard Chavez, Emilio Dominguez, Maritza Cuenca etc via Facebook the past couple of years, but it just never occurred to me that I would have the pleasure of working with any of them anytime soon.
June 29, 2011
It's 11:30am on Friday as I type these words—my third blog entry today, I'm on a roll! Just getting my blog duties out of the way so I can take care of a few errands and stop by the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian for a while this afternoon. Nothing at all flamenco-related but for someone like me interested in cultures from around the world, there's lots to see and do!
I've published pics of Furia Flamenca at Harman Hall previously, so no need to introduce them. My regular blog readers know who they are. Well, they performed yet again this past Wednesday closing out the season of Happenings at the Harman, a free series open to the public with performances on Wednesdays. The next season will start in September 2011.
Yes, I am a struggling full-time artist, so naturally I couldn't resist attending a flamenco performance with free admission! Thank you Harman Hall for making that possible! Anywayz, I took about 200 pics and here's a random selection of about 20 pics from this past Wednesday. Enjoy!