Las Guitarras De Espaсa Presents: The Chicago-Andalusian Music Project

The Chicago based ensemble Las Guitarras de Espaсa is pleased once again to kick off the Chicago Flamenco Festival presented by Instituto Cervantes at City Winery Chicago. The ensemble is in residence at the Instituto Cervantes with a mission to reach out to other cultures with diverse and original programs.

Traditionally, Chicago has been known as a home to jazz, blues, R&B and soul music. In recent years, the city has shed much of its gritty blue collar image and has become an international destination and meeting place for global artists of many styles. The music of Andalusia, Spain includes elements from many traditions (Middle Eastern, Indian, African) which blended together with existing music and dance traditions and gave birth to "flamenco."

One of the original visions of Las Guitarras de Espaсa was to create seminal works of music and dance by combining Spanish guitar sounds with elements of jazz, blues, rock and soul. The ensemble released five CDs between 2001 and 2011. Past and present members of Las Guitarras de Espaсa continue to compose and create music and dance with these materials in various projects.

On Monday, February 19th at 7:30PM CST at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, guitarists Carlo Basile and Diego Alonso will lead a cast of accomplished artists and composers performing all original works of Spanish guitar, Latin and jazz-influenced music and dance.

Joining the Spanish guitar duo will be Patricia Ortega (vocals), Chiara Mangiameli (flamenco dance/vocals), Colin Bunn (tres/electric guitar), Greg Nergaard (bass), Kassandra Kocoshis (percussion), Javier Saume (drum kit), Victor Garcia (trumpet) and Ronnie Malley (oud, vocals).

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