Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos
This performance was nominated for two Izzie Dance Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Company.
Friday June 3, 8:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes with intermission.
Tickets: General Admission
$20 advance, $25 door
Jason McGuire “El Rubio", Guitarist
Fanny Ara, Dancer
Jose Cortes, Singer
Paul Martin Sounder, Bassist
Marlon Aldana, Drumset/Percussion
The groundbreaking flamenco company Caminos Flamencos has a brand new show that seamlessly blends flamenco, Latin, and jazz in music and dance with a cast of world-class artists from around the country who are rooted in a variety of musical genres. Emmy Award-winning Artistic Director Yaelisa gathers an eclectic group of musicians and dancers in Nuevos Tendencias with an emphasis on new music by the virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire "El Rubio.
Caminos Flamencos is undeniably the leading and most innovative flamenco troupe on the West Coast, lead by Emmy Award-winning director Yaelisa and her virtuoso musical director/guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio.” Together, they recently have pushed the envelope even further, creating the music and dance show Nuevos Tendencias. The show made its premiere in July 2014 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Franciso to an enthusiastic crowd, and has since played at Yoshi’s Oakland, Angelica’s and The New Parish, all alternative venues with mostly jazz audience followers. The show truly innovates yet entertains audiences with powerful musical direction by Jason McGuire “El Rubio”, upright bassist Paul Martin Sounder and Latin percussionist/drummer Marlon Aldana on drumset and cajon, and adding the flamenco elements of song and dance onstage in fiery musical arrangements. Caminos Flamencos pushes the envelope again, showing their fans another side to the art of flamenco, yet maintaining the essence and improvisational quality of a traditional flamenco performance. Nuevos Tendencias was nominated for two Izzie Dance Awards in 2015.
Yaelisa & 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, Guitarist and Musical Director
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.”