Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show “Feria, an evening of Flamenco,” to Lopez Island at 7:30 p.m. on June 7, at Woodmen Hall. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com/event/3415423 and are $12 for adults, $7 for youth, $18 for VIP and reserved seats are $33.
The Spring Fair or Feria is a week-long celebration of music, dance, food and wine that embodies the joyful aspects of Andalusian culture. Savannah has taken inspiration from this colorful festival. She will be joined by acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist Jose Moreno.
This concert is part of a 23-date tour of Washington, Oregon and California.
Savannah Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She has independently produced over 200 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish flamenco artists.
Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer.
Cortes was commissioned by the Cohen Brothers to compose music for the film “Paris, je t’aime.” He also wrote music for a childrens program on HBO called “Fairy Tale for Every Child.” Born into a family of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer), Jose Moreno began his flamenco career at an early age. His debut was at the famous Tablao Costa Vasca in Miami.
Moreno was invited to perform in various companies, and worked with distinguished artists such as: The Great Manolete, Joaquin Ruiz, Pastora Galvan, Jose Cortes “Pansequito,” Jose Luis Rodriquez, Roberto Castellon, Pedro Cortes, Jose Valle “Chuscales,” Basilio Garcia, Paco Heredia, Elena Andujar, Jesus Montoya, Zorongo Flamenco Dance, La Tania, Miguel Vargas, Nelida Tirado, Antonio Hidalgo, Curro Cueto, Ruben de Maria, Gonzalo Grau, Edwin Aparicio, Amparo Heredia, Antonio Granjero and Omayra Amaya.
In 2001, Moreno choreographed and performed a collaborative work with his mother Estrella, and with renowned flamenco singer Carmen Linares with the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami. In 2007, Moreno performed with the internationally known Isabel Pantoja as a cajón percussionist, alongside flamenco guitarist Jose de Luna.