Flamenco dancers Yolit Yospe and Jason Vera y Aragón at Lima Lounge. April 26, 2013 (photo by Jill Hatzai)
No it's not a regular gig—just a one-time engagement for the Learn4Change fundraiser. But nonetheless, it's still a very cool performance space and lucky for us that same night, my longtime photographer friend Jill Hatzai was in the audience and sure enough she brought her camera. Here are a few pics. Enjoy!
Flamenco dancers Sarah Louisa Castellanos, Jason Vera y Aragón, Yolit Yospe and guitarist Miguelito at Lima Lounge in Washington DC. April 26, 2013 (photo by Mark Kanawati)
It's 2-something pm on Monday as I type these words. So this past Friday, I had the pleasure and privilege of being invited to perform at a fundraiser hosted by Learn4Change at Lima Lounge in Washington, DC.
From the Learn4Change website:
Two Birthdays & Two Schools is our biggest event yet to celebrate the birthdays of the learn4change founders Alvin and Maria and raise funds for two wonderful organizations in La Paz, Bolivia. 100% of all donations will go directly to the children! Aywina Sindrome de Down is a volunteer-run organization that promotes social inclusion, education, and employment opportunities for children with Down Syndrome. Project Helping Hands helps marginalized Bolivian youth stay in school until they finish high school and also provides the opportunity to continue post secondary education in Bolivian technical institutes and universities.
[Editor's note: the event is over, but you can still donate online.]
As far as I know, this was the first time flamenco was performed here at Lima. Of course, I'm not forgetting that rumba group Duende Camarón gigged here in 2009. I'm talking about flamenco beyond rumba: tangos, tientos, soleá, alegrías, bulerías etc.
Photo from 2011, last solo cante with guitar performance of Manolo Leiva and Marija Temo
Marija Temo writes:
Thank you to all for your condolences for Manolo Leiva, for whom I was his flamenco guitar accompanist for 21 years. He was one of the great and well known flamenco singers of his time, and for me, he was a mentor, friend, and father figure.
Manolo Leiva passed away on Tuesday September 11, 2012. His ashes will eventually be taken back to Málaga, Spain, his place of birth. For those that would like to pay their respects, a memorial service will be:
11:00am Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
Our Lady of Grace Church
15661 Norbeck Boulevard
Silver Spring, MD
(This Church is inside the Leisure World Community)
If you would like to send something, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, the Leiva Family would prefer a donation to:
The Spain-USA Foundation www.spainusafoundation.org
You can make contributions online or mail your checks to:
2375 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
(Established in 1999 to promote, support and develop a wide array of Spanish cultural and educational activities in the United States, the Spain-USA Foundation is a Nonprofit 501(c) Corporation based in Washington D.C.)
The Leiva family and myself thank you for your love, support and prayers.
[Editor's note: I'll be publishing an article about Manolo at a later date. If you have any anecdotes, stories or photos, please email them to me at email@example.com]
Flamenco dancers Yolit Yospe (left) and Cecilia Terrasa with guitarist Miguelito at University of Mary Washington's Multicultural Fair. April 14, 2012 (photo by Celinda)
It's 3-something on a Wednesday afternoon as I type the words. I'm happy to report that business is pickin' up for us local performers. Is it the economy? The unseasonably warmer weather? Who knows? The point is to enjoy it while it lasts.
So this past Saturday, I performed at University of Mary Washington's Multicultural Fair with dancers Yolit Yospe and Cecilia Terrasa. If you're a DC local, you know about the weather we've been having: unusually hot and sunny one day, then back to normal cold and windy. Since we were scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage, I was crossing my fingers and hoping for warm and sunny. Mother Nature was kind to us and granted us a beautiful day, thank you!
It's 7:22am on Tuesday as I type these words. Believe it or not I went to bed before midnight for a change. So I'm up early and it so happens, it's my website's 16th birthday today, yay! It was first launched on January 10, 1996. Hmmmm, how will I celebrate?
Sixteen years is a very long time to be on the Internet, and if you're interested, I pretty much covered the origins of my website in last year's birthday blog. And yeah, while I've definitely had a huge impact on the DC flamenco community as far getting the word out about the local scene, the truth is that DCFlamenco is dying.
Just kidding…I'm being overly dramatic to make a point. Thing is that a few years ago, a website was the center of information. And it still is in a way. You go to Google, type in "flamenco" or "flamenco in DC" and my website consistently shows up in the top results and all the info you need about the DC flamenco scene is still at your fingertips.
But the "game" has changed. Social media is where it's at: consequently, my website has been relegated to being just one of many sources of information that people go to in their search for info about flamenco in DC. The quality of the content in DCFlamenco is still the same of course. What's changed is that people go to social media more than individual websites like mine.