Fernando de la Rua

Brazilian guitarist born in Itapeva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and living in Madrid since 2000. Musician and composer of the albums “Nuances” (2012) and “Aural” (2017),

He has a hybrid language of flamenco with harmonic elements of Brazilian music, creating original themes for shows with choreographic productions.

Its main artistic and professional references are the Amor de Dios Center for Flamenco Art and Spanish Dance or the Tablao Flamenco Las Carboneras.

Artists with whom he has performed: La China, Manuel Reyes, Domingo Ortega, Inma Ortega, Rocio Molina, Tacha, Ana Romero, Rafaela Carrasco, La Popi, Ángel Gabarre, Rafael Jiménez El Falo, Manuel Liñán, Sara Calero, Gema Caballero, Juañares , Alejandro Molinero, Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Chelo Pantoja, Pedro Sanz, Jose Luis Montón, Pablo Suárez, Jesús Torres, among others.

He has worked as a guitarist and composer at the Concertgebouw Theater (Amsterdam), Teatro Albéniz (Madrid), Teatro Español (Madrid), Joyce Theater (New York), Teatro Shinjuku (Tokyo), Teatro Victoria (Singapore), Real Coliseo de Carlos III (El Escorial), Café de la Danse (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), UN Theater (New York), Sadler’s Wells Theater (London), among others.

He has received the awards for best music for dance at the Choreography, Spanish Dance and Flamenco Contest (2004, Albéniz Theater in Madrid); revelation author of the Madrid Academy of Music (2011); Music Award from Brazil com Z magazine in Madrid (2014).

Main flamenco festivals where he has performed: Festival de Jerez de La Frontera, Bienal de Sevilla, Womex, among others.

Albums in which he has collaborated: “De ida y returned” l by Patricia Prieto (2005);

“Soleando Suite”, by José Luis López (2006); “Dreams of an awake man” (2007) and “The call” (2014), by Ismael Serrano; “Trabajito de chinos” (2008) and “Supercop” (2009), by La Shica; “Telaraña – Canciones para mejorar el mundo”, by Vanessa Borhagian (2009); “Onde é que o caminho sai?”, By Flávia-N (2009); “Sin compasión”, by Pasión Vega (2011).

He is currently a specialist professor and teacher at the María de Ávila Superior Dance Conservatory in Madrid, under the coordination of Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayón and Jesús Torres . In addition, he is a guitar teacher and guitarist in the courses of the Stuttgart Flamenco Festival (Germany ) (2016-2019) under the direction of bailaor and choreographer Miguel Ángel Espino.

Musical duos: “Saudade Flamenca”, a flamenco-Brazilian and Latin American fusion with the Madrilenian singer Patricia Prieto; “A dos Guitarras”, a duo of classical, Brazilian and flamenco guitars with guitarist Pablo Romero Luis; “Dúo Baguá”, instrumental project with Choro de Rua with the musician and composer Marco Ruviaro (mandolin); “Dúo Arabiando”, formed by Fernando de la Rúa and Leticia Malvares (flutist).

Music and dance projects (classical, flamenco and Brazilian):

Los Choros de Madrid – Brazilian instrumental music.

Regional Matuto – Choro Quartet (Brazilian instrumental music) with musicians and composers Marco Ruviaro, Barbara Piperno and Marco Zannoti.

Brasil Flamenco Madrid – Artistic direction by the dancer Yara Castro and “Cuadro Flamenco” by musicians and dancers from Brazil and Spain.

Sons y Sonidos – Project devised by Yara Castro. Shows, theoretical and practical flamenco courses throughout Brazil.

ADM – Spanish and Flamenco Classical Dance Project devised by the choreographer and dancer Alejandro Molinero.

Gabriel Matías

Brazilian dancer born in 1994, he has lived with flamenco since he was little. Robinson Gambarra and Juliana Prestes are among the teachers he had when he started dancing at age 11 in Porto Alegre. Later, he forms part of the Companhia de Flamenco del Puerto and dances in important performing arts festivals throughout Brazil with the shows “Las cuatro esquinas” (2012) and “Consonantes” (2014), being awarded twice with the Açorianos Award Dança in the best dancer category. In 2015 he established his residence in Madrid and entered the Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila where he obtained a higher degree in dance in the specialty of Pedagogy of flamenco dance. He has also trained with dancers such as Isabel Bayón, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Fernández, Alfonso Losa, Marco Flores and Eva Yerbabuena. He is a constant presence in the programming of Madrid’s flamenco tablaos such as Café de Chinitas, Las Carboneras, Torres Bermejas, Corral de la Pacheca or Café Ziryab, which he combines with his work in important companies, including those of Antonio Canales and Javier Latorre, performing at festivals such as Madrid en Danza or the Jerez Flamenco Festival. In 2018 he was recognized with the Madrid Premio Talento Flamenco granted by the Cristina Hereen Foundation and, recently, with the Premio Extraordinario del Festival de Jerez as Best Professional Solo Male Figure in the framework of the 2019 Pure Flamenco International Competition. Currently, he is part of the Compañía Rafaela Carrasco and continues to tour with her first show as an author, entitled “ELLOS”, premiered within the programming of the Jerez Flamenco Festival 2020.

Pau Vallet

Born in Barcelona in a family of musicians. When he was very young he started playing the guitar and finished his training with the maestro Juan Manuel Cañizares.

At the same time, he performs on tablaos in Barcelona and also plays with jazz artists such as Marco Mezquida, Marc Miralta or Ernesto Aurignac.

In 2016 he became part of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía and moved to live in Seville.

In 2019 he moved to Madrid and joined the Ballet Nacional de España under the direction of Rubén Olmo.

He has also worked alongside artists such as Mayte Martín, Montse Cortés, Chicuelo, Antonio Canales and Arcángel.

Alejandra Gudí

The dancer from Almería, winner of the first national award by alegrías La Perla de Cádiz in 2018, has worked in dance companies of recognized national and international level such as that of Antonio El Pipa, in the shows “Pasión y ley”, “Vivencias”, “De tablao” and “Puertas adentro”; the flamenco company of Carmen Cortés in the show “Mujer flamenca”; and the Rafael Aguilar Ballet, where she debuted as a soloist in the show “Carmen”.

With the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet, directed and choreographed by Rafaela Carrasco, she participates as a dance corps and playing solo roles in the shows “En la memoria del cante, 1922”, “Imágenes” (20th anniversary of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet), awarded the giraldillo for the best show at the XVII Seville Flamenco Biennial, and “Tierra Lorca, cancionero popular”, awarded the giraldillo for the best dance cast at the XVIII Seville Flamenco Biennial and finalist in the Max awards for best dance cast.

With the José Porcel Flamenco Ballet, she has worked participating in the shows “Momentos” and “Encuentro” (a show that included the maestro Antonio Canales as a guest artist). She has also collaborated, among other formations, with the Rubén Olmo Company with the show “La muerte de un minotauro”.

She combines her work in dance companies with her solo career working in some of the most prestigious tablaos in Madrid, such as the Corral de la Morería, Corral de la Pacheca, Casa Patas, Villa Rosa, Café de Chinitas, Las Tablas, Torres Bermejas or Las Carboneras.

 

Interview Alejandra Gudí

«The tablao for me is freedom»

 

«When I was a girl and went to the conservatorio de Almería, it turns out that I was very skinny, with very long arms and legs, with clear eyes. The totally classic prototype. So, my teachers insisted that I was a classic girl. And there was a problem and it was that I didn’t like the classic. Total, that one day they give me the bulletin and the notes, very well in classic and in Spanish dance, fail. “Delete me, mom, delete me.” I have failed the Spanish and it might be that I’m not good at it and to classic I do not go because I do not like it. My mother told me no, that I won’t erase you from anywhere. Thank God because, if not, I don’t know what would have happened to me. Well, I ignored all of them and I continued with Spanish and my flamenco things. Until today, there was no escape.

»A before and after in my professional career was entering the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía with Rafaela Carrasco. Because life put me there with wonderful people whom I admire infinitely. I already admired them before entering there, but I learned a lot from them, it changed the concept of many things, it opened my mind. I changed the concept of dance, of performance, I learned other languages ​​different from those that I usually worked. And, anyway, you grow artistically and you get to know yourself more, more ways open up for you, one thing leads you to another, you work more, more doors open to you. So clearly it was a before and an after.

»And what does working on a tablao mean to me? It is the means by which I feel free, freedom. Because when you get on the tablao you never know what can happen to you, you don’t know who is going to sing to you, what are they going to sing to you, in which way, how many lyrics, what are they going to play to you, how many falsetas, you never know anything. Well, within codes, what is happening is flowing and wonderful, magical things are born and arise in the moment. So for me it is freedom ».

Eduardo Cortés

Eduardo Cortés was born in Barcelona in 1980. He began studying flamenco guitar at the age of 14 with guitarist José Luis Montón. He continues his training at the Barcelona Taller de Músics.

Professionally, he began his career at the age of 15 at La Tani dance company. He has worked for the flamenco companies of Antonio Canales, Sara Baras and María Pagés and has accompanied dancers such as Farruquito, Pepe Torres, Pastora Galván, Israel Galván, Manolete, El Toleo, Javier Latorre, Eva La Yerbabuena, Belén Maya, Belén Fernández, Manuel Liñán or Marco Flores.

He has shared the stage with José Jiménez “El Viejín”, Jesús de Rosario, Niño Josele, Tomatito, El Paquete, Manuel Parrilla, Montoyita and Juan Manuel Cañizares.

His guitar has accompanied sing figures such as La Susi, Ramón El Portugués, Estrella Morente, Montse Cortés, Remedios Amaya, Guadiana, Pepe Luis Carmona, Miguel de la Tolea or El Falo.

He has participated in the recording of albums by Manuel Carrasco, Diego El Cigala, Montse Cortés, Parrita, Josep Mas “Kitflus”, Carlos Martín, Javier Limón, Michael Ciro and Antonio Carmona. In addition, he composes songs for different artists.

He has been the musical director of the Rafael Amargo dance company and has participated in the play “Los Tarantos”, the first flamenco musical, based on the novel by Alfredo Mañas.

He tours all over the world and his guitar is required for both dance and singing. He currently works in his studio for the Netflix network and producing music such as that of the show by bailaora Olga Llorente, “Gala, una mirada eterna”.

Luís “El Granaíno”

Luis “El Granaíno” is a singer born in Barcelona in 1988 from a family of singers and guitarists from Granada, among them Luis Heredia “El Polaco”, La Nitra, Juaneke or his father the cantaor Justo Fernández.

 

From a very young age, about 5 or 7 years old, he was already in the peñas next to the big ones. Then he began acting with figures such as Karime Amaya, Mercedes Amaya “La Winy” and working in recent years with the best: Antonio Canales, on several occasions, Rafael Amargo, Duquende, El Pele, Farruquito and, in the Tablao Cordobés de Barcelona, with some of the most outstanding artists of today, such as Juan de Juan, Farru, José Maya, La Tana, La Fabi, Paloma Fantova, Marco Flores.

He has also shared the stage with Manuel Fernández “El Carpeta”, El Yiyo, Pepe Flores, Montse Cortés and Olga Llorente.

 

Kélian Jiménez

Born in Madrid in 1979, Kélian Jiménez belongs to a family of professional flamenco guitar musicians. His musical education comes from his childhood for belonging to one of the Madrid neighborhoods, Caño Roto, where flamenco has been and is the cradle of great artists.

His training in flamenco dance was acquired by professionals of great prestige and name such as Manolete, El Güito, La China, María Magdalena, Antonio Canales, Adrián Galia and, in contemporary dance, Teresa Nieto, Lola Greco, as well as in several training centers.

His debut was at age twelve through the company of Rafael Aguilar and with the play “Carmen”, next to Teresa Berganza. Then came his belonging to the company of Antonio Canales for four years with the works “Torero“, “Narciso”, “Cinderella”, “La casa de Bernarda Alba“, “Raíz” and “Gitano”.

Then came his involvement in the foundation of the Arrieritos company with the creation of different shows nominated for the Max awards in 2006 and 2007.

In addition, he has worked with the companies of El Güito, Lola Greco, Hermanos Losada, Esther Ponce and Paco Suárez, among others.

Currently, in addition to teaching dance courses, he continues acting in tablaos such as Las Carboneras and in theaters.

Laura Fúnez

Laura Fúnez (Madrid, 1996) is a graduate in Spanish dance at the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance Mariemma. He obtains several awards, among which the Outstanding Dancer in the IV Certamen Coreográfico de Tetuán and the first Prize of the V Concurso Internacional de Danza de Almería. Currently, she is a solo dancer and dance body in different professional companies such as Enclave Español, dSyR, Cía. Nota de Paso or Carlos Vilán.

Saray García

Saray García was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1986 where she wakes up in a big early interest in flamenco dance. Being just 7 years old she begins receiving classes with Jerez professor Ana María López. Along with her teacher she enters flamenco group Semilla Flamenca performing in Festival Mont de Marsant (France), Festival Bulería (Jerez), Jerez Flamenco Fridays, etc.

Later she decided to expand her knowledge receiving flamenco dance classes with artists such as Farruco family, Juana Amaya, Rocío Molina, Joselito Romero, among others.

She has grown as an artist in flamenco tablaos as:

– Jerez tablaos: Lagá de Tio Parrilla, La Taberna Flamenca, and Bereber.

– Sevilla tablaos: Los Gallos or El Arenal.

– Tablao in Barcelona: El Cordobés, Los Tarantos, El Carmen.

– Tablaos de Madrid: Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa, Casa Patas.

– Tablao de Japón: Garlochí.

We can stand out her solo performances as:

Viernes Flamencos in Jerez 2002, 2006 and 2014

– Festival de Jerez 2009 acting in the lounge La Compañía.

– Tours abroad with her own group: France, China, Germany, London, New Mexico, Japan, Belgium.

Prizes received:

– First Prize in III Dance Contest Las Carboneras 2014.

– Second Prize in the National Contest La Perla de Cádiz, 2014.

– En 2019 recibe el premio artista revelación del ciclo De peña en peña del XXIII Festival de Jerez.

 

Interview Saray García

 

«My training is based on tablaos»

 

«From my training I emphasize that, when I had been in dance school for two months, when I was six years old, my teacher took me to a Festival in La Linea de la Concepción. That feeling of getting on stage, contact with the public … It’s something I don’t forget.

»From my professional career I highlight the moment of sharing the stage with artists that I have always followed since I was little.

»And for me dancing in a tablao is one of the most important spaces for an artist. I think every artist should step on the tablaos because it is where they learn the most every day. It is where the truth of flamenco is lived at all times. It is a more intimate space between the artist and the public. I personally owe a lot to tablaos since my training is based on tablaos ».

José “El Pelirrojo”

José Manuel Martínez, “El Pelirrojo“, was born in Alicante in 1998 in a family of Flamenco tradition in which his second cousin the singer “La Susi” stands out. His beginnings with the guitar emerged at the age of 12 in a self-taught way. Later, at age 15, he began his professional career in flamenco, working with artists such as guitarist Juani de la Isla and singer Ana Reverte, as well as playing in large national and international stages such as the National Auditorium of Madrid, among others .