This Flamenco Event was first scheduled for the Gallery Bistro in Port Moody - but because of the Fire that destroyed the Bistro - this event is now to be held at Club 119 at the Port Moody Legion.
The event will feature Flamenco guitarist, Josué Tacoronte (Cuban/Mexican), Singer Jafelin (Venezuelan), and 2 flamencan dancers: Martha Villa Martin and Nathanael Webber.
Martha Villa Martin
flamenco dancer (France/Spain)
Martha Villa Martin was 10 years old when she first enrolled in a flamenco class in a small town in the south of France. Her father wanted to bridge his Spanish heritage with his daughter’s French upbringing. Almost 20 years later, Villa Martin’s love affair with this passionate dance has not faded. In fact, it’s gotten stronger. “I will never get bored of flamenco,” says Villa Martin. “I could listen to it all day long. It connects my mind and my body and it helps me face life.”
In 2008 she decided to move to Canada. Villa Martin landed in the Yukon where a friend of hers was living and working, and after taking in Yukon and B.C., she decided she wanted to, once again, strap on some flamenco shoes and continue exploring Spain’s most revered dance. “Flamenco is an art, a culture on its own. It is extremely interesting and you have to keep learning and practicing all your life,” says Villa Martin.
This is exactly what she has been doing all her life. Even during times when she was unable to practice and learn her passion, Villa Martin says she would always listen to the music and imagine, in her head, how she would move and how she would interpret the strumming of the guitar, the beats on the cajon – a small, square Afro-Peruvian drum – and the pulsating claps of her partners’ hands. “I love the fact [that] we have to [persevere],” says Villa Martin. “I love the music, the cante, the guitar. The rhythm is absolutely fantastic. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
For the past year, Villa Martin has been a part of the Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy, an organization that describes flamenco as having grown beyond the boundaries of Spain and now belongs to the world. Flamenco dance and music embodies universal and genuine human emotion, which transcends culture to touch the souls of all people, according to the group.
flamenco singer (Venezuela)
Jafelin is one of Canada’s preeminent Flamenco and Latin singers. She has been popular in Vancouver’s flamenco scene for 20 years. In 2015, Jafelin co-produced the popular concert tour, “FlamenCubana!” where she performed with 12 great Spanish Flamenco and Cuban artists to the delight of audiences in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo.
Passionate about Flamenco, Jafelin has continuously studied and collaborated with the highest caliber of Flamenco artists and aficionados from Spain and internationally to deepen her knowledge and understanding the essence of the “cante”. She has the honour of being recognized and accepted as an international flamenco cantaora in Spain, a position very difficult to attain. She has performed in Peña Canaleja with Miguel Angel Ramos from Puerto Real and tabancos in Jerez de la Frontera including El Pasaje and El Guitarrón, and in Granada, Cueva Maria La Canastera.
Jafelin is the founder and international ambassador for the worldwide flamenco website ExpoFlamenco.com which promotes the flamenco art form and connects flamenco lovers and communities around the globe. She has earned recognition in Mairena del Alcor, Spain from the Ayuntamiento de Mairena del Alcor for the work of promoting flamenco worldwide.
Josue Otero Tacoronte
flamenco guitarist (Cuba)
Josué Otero Tacoronte, is a highly acclaimed guitarist, composer and musical arranger originally from Havana, Cuba. He began his musical studies at the age of six and trained in classical piano and guitar, winning numerous national competitions. In 1997 he ventured out into playing Spanish flamenco guitar working as a composer, music director and musical arranger for the Spanish Ballet of Cuba, and Aires Flamenco Company in Havana, and also the Ballet Español Proart, Cale Bari, and Mexico Flamenco in Mexico. He has studied flamenco guitar with many maestros including Antonio Rodriguez, Pedro Sierra, Paco Jarana, Jesus Torres, José Luís Rodriguez, Eduardo Rebollar, Pedro Sanchez and Antonio Rey.
One of his most important musical achievements has been his consistent contribution on research, musical arrangements, performance and recording of the Cuban guitar repertoire that includes pieces by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Ernesto Lecuona, amongst others, crossing over into other genres such as flamenco without losing Cuban essence. He has recorded several albums including “Josué Tacoronte y Skpao”, “Mexico Flamenco “ and “Brouwer Flamenco” for which he was awarded “Best Concert Interpreter” at the International Festival CUBADISCO Awards, in May 2013. He toured all over Cuba, Spain, Argentina, USA, Switzerland, Austria, Morocco, France, Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. http://www.josuetacoronte.com<...
flamenco dancer (Canada)
Nathanael Webber has played piano for many decades and in recent years was drawn to the intricate rhythms of flamenco dancing. He started to take classes in dancing and hasn't looked back. He currently trains under Oscar Nieto and Kasandra "La China" from the Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy. Nate performs regularly in Vancouver in various live music venues.