May 29, 2013 |
Playwright Stephen Sachs delves into the fascinating world of flamenco in “Heart Song,” at the Fountain Theatre. A natural offshoot of the Fountain's long-running series “Forever Flamenco,” the play does double duty as a tutorial on all things flamenco and as a dramedy about one woman's midlife crisis. Shirley Jo Finney directs this world premiere and as usual, her work is top-notch. But the heart of this “Song” is Maria Bermudez, who choreographed the show and also plays Katarina, the sultry flamenco instructor whose class sets her students on a path of self-acceptance and spiritual renewal.
November 15, 2012
Raised in Majorca, Spain, the vocalist Concha Buika traffics in a bewitching blend of flamenco, jazz and soul with a burnished quality reminiscent of the late Lhasa de Sela. A Latin Grammy winner, Buika's music has also been heard in collaborations with Nelly Furtado and Anoushka Shankar as well as in filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In. " The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.. $30-$50, (323) 343-6600, http://www.luckmanarts.org.
February 8, 2008 |
Although she has spoken of her performances as conversations with the audience, flamenco diva Eva Yerbabuena remained an isolated figure at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday, deeply immersed in a private relationship with the music. At the beginning of her "Santo y Sena" (Signs and Wonders) program, she appeared under a hanging lightbulb, wearing a short black jacket over a long gray ruffled dress. Suddenly lunging forward, she sat on a stool, her hands spread across her thighs, listening intently.
March 23, 2001 |
Effective today, the county's chief probation officer--who once made headlines for refusing to send juvenile offenders to the California Youth Authority--has been fired for allegedly not showing up for work and not doing his job. John Lum, who believes that institutionalizing young offenders does little to rehabilitate them, maintains that the charges against him stem from a witch hunt conducted by conservative officials out to ruin his career....
March 5, 2009 |
Raw and riveting, Los Farruco -- the famed Seville-based Gypsy flamenco family descended from legendary dancer El Farruco (Antonio Montoya Flores), who died in 1997 -- came to Royce Hall on Tuesday night and all but shredded the stage. The patriarch's lusty daughter La Farruca is a study in stealthy abandon. Her son, Farruco, matinee-idol-ready at 21, enthralls with his pounding feet. Then there's La Faraona, also an El Farruco daughter, and her son, Barullo, who at 19 is the baby -- and bullish to boot.
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February 26, 2014
Paco de Lucia, a renowned Spanish guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and was taken to a hospital where he died, Mexican officials said. De Lucia - whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez - was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was "Friday Night in San Francisco," recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.