Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Luz, an evening of Flamenco, to the Ojai on Saturday March 23rd. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno.
Savannah Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the states and has independently produced over 300 performances and workshops. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.
Pedro Cortes, Comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. His work has been performed at the Joyce Theatre, St. Louis Opera, the New York Grand Opera, and has composed music for the Cohen brothers and HBO. Cortes is artistic director of his own Flamenco group, and also Musical Director of Palo Seco. Cortes is a third generation Flamenco guitarists and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.
Born into a family of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer), Jose began his flamenco career at an early age. He has performed with numerous international artists including Carmen Linares and the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami, and also performed in the 7th annual Panama Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The show begins at 8pm, and tickets are $25 at the door.