Hello LA. Friday April 17th, 2009 was the return of the LA - based flamenco group Flamencali to the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana's Historic Downtown. The group played to a standing room only audience that filled up seating before the 8:30 pm start time.
The show, produced by yours truly flamenco guitarist and singer Omar ?üvalos, featured the flamenco dancing of Nancy Gallardo, Jennifer Barrios and Gabriela Estrada. Each dancer performed two solo dances, one for each set of the evening, in addition to the group dances of Sevillanas, Buler?¡as, and Rumbas.
That evening I had to privilege to perform on a custom flamenco guitar made by Monica Esparza in San Clemente, CA. I performed two original solo buler?¡as and opened things up a bit towards evening's end with true Latin American flair by singing two all-time favorites, Moliendo Caf?® and Ojitos traidores, two recognizable tunes sung by Javier Sol?¡s with multiple versions existing to date.
The evening ended with the now most common practice of audience dance participation. It seems as if a flamenco show just can't do without that. Either that or the gals just can't get enough of taking people up to dance.
O. Ian ?üvalos:
Omar ?üvalos is a native of Santa Ana, CA and longtime active flamenco guitarist in LA. He is an associate music instructor at Santa Ana College and a principal musician for the Department of Dance at UC Irvine. Author's website Email the author