Yaelisa & Caminos Flamenco
Cafe Flamenco "Fiesta Flamenca"
Date: Saturday June 3, 9:30pm
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: Two 50 minute sets with a 15 minute intermission
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30-$35
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
Artistic Director/Dancer: Yaelisa
Guitarist: Jason McGuire, ”El Rubio,”
Gypsy Singer: Jose Cortes
Percussion: Marlon Aldana
Cafe Flamenco is an experience. It is the expression, emotion and passion of a Gypsy art form that is rooted in the tradition of improvisation onstage between the finest flamenco artists, in this case the award-winning artists of Caminos Flamencos. Cafe Flamenco was originally the brainchild of a project discussed in 2000 between SFIAF Director Andrew Wood and Emmy Award-winning artist Yaelisa, where it was presented for many seasons at ODC Theater. Cafe Flamenco is an idea, where an audience surrounds the artists onstage and as they do in Spain, participate, enjoy and feel the vibrations of flamenco at its best and most interactively. Up close and personal, where flamenco and its interpreters are able to transmit their innermost arte to their audience. Just as in the turn of the centuryCafe Cantante period in Spain, this performance will move and exhilarate with the authenticity and joy coming from each of the Caminos artists onstage. Featuring a cast of some of the finest interpreters of flamenco, this will be a night to remember!
ARTIST BIOSYaelisa & Caminos Flamencos was founded by Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa. Yaelisa creates and presents contemporary, traditional and theatrical dance programs showcasing artists from Spain and the U.S., which reflect the changing face of flamenco in the 21st century, while preserving the history and culture of this traditional art form. The Los Angeles Times has said “Her [Yaelisa] interplay with the accompanists proved especially exciting, and the immediacy of her dancing reflected contemporary priorities with great assurance…McGuire’s jazz-tinged technique and technical mastery found a satisfying showcase in his Act 2 solo.” The recipient of numerous awards both locally and nationallly, Caminos Flamencos boasts some of the finest flamenco artists in the U.S., including Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” one of the most watched guitarists on YouTube; Jesus Montoya, the “Pavarotti of flamenco,” and acclaimed dancers Melissa Cruz, Fanny Ara, and Marina Elana.
Jason McGuire "El Rubio" became the Musical Director for Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos in 1997, an award-winning dance company whose flamenco productions have won critical and audience acclaim for innovation and choreography, and where he has demonstrated his creativity as a composer and arranger. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote that “McGuire’s solo managed to be atmosperic and fiendishly complex at the same time.”