Oleaje Flamenco at Tablao Artichoke
Tablao Artichoke is presented by Espacio Flamenco and Artichoke Music. The project aims to create space for regular flamenco performances in Portland in an intimate tablao setting.
This dynamic trio features Israel Heredia, a true master of Flamenco guitar from Granada, Spain in his first Portland appearance, alongside the powerful vocals of Samir Osorio and the compelling artistry of dancer Amelia Moore. Together they create a show that highlights the expressive range of Flamenco, with sublime and haunting melodies, and ferocious rhythmic power. www.oleajeflamenco.com
Born in the Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada in Spain to a gypsy (Romani) family that cultivates Flamenco, Israel grew up in an extraordinary musical environment. Some of the most outstanding artists in the historic dynasty of his family are his great-grandmother Rosa Amaya La Faraona who was instrumental in developing one of the song forms of Flamenco, the Zambra, and his grandfather Luis Heredia Amaya, who is known as the first and possibly only Gitano sculptor of renown in the world. This legacy continues with the work of his uncle, the master dancer Manolete Maya, and the singers Chonchi Heredi and Marina Heredia who have song for artists like the legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia and in the biggest festivals in Spain such as the Bienal of Flamenco in Sevilla. At the young age of 9 he recognized his future as a Flamenco guitarist and began his studies at the hand of his father and other family members including Antonio Heredia El Chonico. From there, he continued developing musically with guitarists such as Emilio Maya and Diego Del Morao, who is considered one of the top Flamenco guitarists in the world today. He began playing professionally at 14 years old in the Peña Pepe Luis Habichuela, and in one of the most prestigious Flamenco caves in Granada, La Faraona where he developed his specialties of accompaniment for voice and dance while developing his own artistic style. Over time he worked in many different Flamenco venues (Tablaos) and Festivals across Andalucia, sharing the stage with many of the greatest Flamenco artists of today: Manolete Maya, Curro Albayzin, Juan Andres Maya, Arcangel, Jose Menese, Rafael Amargo, Antonio Canales, Diego del Morao, Anton Jimenez, David Paniagua, and perhaps the greatest Flamenco singer of today, Diego El Cigala. His familys show Encuentro Cultural Gitano, with which he toured Spain and abroad, won many awards at the national and international level, such as the Premio Andaluz de Estudiantes Gitanos Homenaje a Padres y Madres 2003, Premio Flamenco Joven 2008 (Granada), Premio Federacion de Entidades Culturales Andaluzas (Valencia, 2008 f.e.c.a c.v) , y 3 Awards from the Festival Flamenco Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca: 2004, 2008 and 2011. In 2009 he began touring Latin America, performing in Bogotá, Columbia in the Theater of Fine Arts, accompanying the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota in their production of Carmen by Bizet. He recently relocated to Seattle to be Musical Director of Oleaje Flamenco and is working on a new theatrical work to be premiered in Seattle.
A lifelong dancer and artist, Amelia began her professional career at the age of 17 as a Belly Dance soloist, vocalist and Palmera with World Music and Dance group Children of the Revolution. Under the tutelage of her dance mentor Susan Evans, she studied stagecraft, choreography and the dramatic arts, which led her to develop her own dance studio and performing company from 2000-2005. After moving to Istanbul to study Turkish Romani dance, teaching and performing with the legendary Burhan Oçal and the Trakya All-Stars, she returned to Seattle to devote herself to the art of Flamenco. In addition to her ongoing studies with her main teacher and inspiration Encarnacion La Paloma, she has studied intensively with her teachers Maria Bermudez and Sara de Luis, and has travels regularly to study with Flamenco greats such as Pastora Galvan, Alfonso Losa, La Lupi, Farruquito, and many others. With a degree in Spanish and Dance from the University of Washington, a 500 hr Yoga Teacher Certification from Annie Carpenters SmartFLOW Yoga, and 20+years of teaching experience, she is passionate about teaching and delights in awakening a love and freedom of movement in her students. In 2009 she co-founded Oleaje Flamenco with her husband Miguel Mejia, and currently performs and teaches Flamenco and Yoga full-time in the Seattle area. Recently she was a featured soloist and actor in Arizona Theater Companys reinvisioned musical Man of La Mancha, alongside dancer Jose el Niño Uz.
Originally from Havana, Cuba, Samir Osorio has nearly 20 years of experience singing Flamenco from his beginnings as a singer with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. After emigrating to Miami and working as an in-demand tablao singer, he has become known as one of the few singers in the U.S. who can capture the raw essence of the Flamenco sound and feel. Now living in Seattle, he works regularly as a soloist and with Oleaje Flamenco.
*The word tablao is a colloquial term for the Spanish "tablado", (aka floorboard) referring to the raised wooden dance floor where flamenco is performed. A tablao in Spain is a place where flamenco shows are performed and enjoyed.
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2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
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