Flamenco in the Courtyard

Flamenco in the Courtyard

Wednesday Morning Concert

Wed, September 5, 2018, 11:00am

Overview

Be transported for a day amid Caramoor’s architecture and sprawling grounds with the characteristic dance and song of Spain, bursting with passion, color, and rhythm. Our Wednesday Morning Concerts feature a 45-minute concert, followed by a tour of the Mediterranean-style Rosen House and its collection of fine and decorative art amassed by our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen, and an optional buffet lunch inspired by Spanish cuisine. Save time afterward to explore the lush and expansive gardens!

Artists

Isabel del Dia, dancer
Alfonso Cid, vocals
Juan Pedro Jimenez, guitar and vocals

Isabel del Día, dancer

Born and raised in New York City, Isabel del Día was introduced to flamenco at Bard College with Judson dance pioneer Aileen Passloff, and has continued her studies in New York and Spain with flamenco masters Juana Amaya, Andres Pena, Kati Garcia Renart, Jose Moreno, and mentor Sara Erde. Isabel del Día has been awarded The Bard Theater and Dance Award (2004), a coveted scholarship to attend the 2008 Cultural Traditions Program at Jacob’s Pillow, and an esteemed Reca (scholarship) to attend TT Ciclo Dedicado a la Formación Completa del Baile Flamenco at the historic Amor de Dios Studios in Madrid, Spain (2010). In 2008, she founded her own dance company Día Flamenco and performs as its artistic director. Ms. del Día is a soloist and teaching artist at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Most recently, she was asked to perform with the renowned Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, where she shared the stage with Soledad Barrio, Juan Ogallo, and flamenco legend Alejandro Granados at the Joyce Theater in New York City.

 

Alfonso Cid, flamenco vocals and flute

Alfonso was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of flamenco were his earliest influences.  He also had the opportunity of attending events at one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena in Seville since 1987.

Alfonso enrolled at the Seville Conservatory in 1990 to study flute and music theory.  He also was awarded two scholarships to attend the classes at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art in July of 2007 and 2008 in Seville, Spain.  There he studied with maestro Paco Taranto and the new and upcoming talents of Rocío Márquez and Elena Morales.

In 1997 Alfonso moved to the United States and has since been based in New York City.  He has made many guest appearances at important venues including Madison Square Garden, American Airlines Arena (Miami), Amway Center (Orlando) and Staples Center (Los Angeles) with the popular Latin artist Romeo Santos.  He had the honor of recording backing vocals in the song titled “Mi Santa” in the album “Formula Vol. 1” by Santos on which the great flamenco guitarist Tomatito was a featured guest artist.

He has also had the opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Town Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, International Music Festival of Viña del Mar 2013 in Chile, as well as London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City with flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja, to name a few.

He regularly performs in the New York City area and the rest of the USA in many flamenco productions.

He also teaches flamenco singing at Flamenco Latino Studios as well as privately.  He also lectures on flamenco music and history.

He released his first CD titled “Flamenco de vuelta e ida” in 2006 with his own Flamenco fusion project “Gazpacho Andalú” (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andalu) with guitarist Arturo Martínez.

He has also released the debut album of his Spanish Indie Rock project “Dientes de Caramelo” titled “Pulpo” (Octopus) in March of 2012, (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dientesdecaramelo3).

For more info log on www.alfonsocid.com or www.dientesdecaramelo.com.

 

Juan Pedro Jimenez, guitar and vocals

Born in Cádiz, Spain, Pedro Jiménez has always been close to flamenco. During his flamenco career he accompanied many great flamenco dancers on stage as well as classes of the great Carmen Cornejo de Cádiz. In addition to receiving a degree in music education from the University of Cádiz, Pedro studied guitar for five years at the Royal Conservatory of Cádiz (Real Conservatorio de Cádiz) as well as received classes from guitarists Victor Rosa, Tito Alcedo, and Rafael Segura Torres (Faluky). He also studied flamenco song with the great singer Calixto Sánchez.

Since 2017, Pedro resides in New Jersey and is actively involved in the New York flamenco scene, including performing at tablao Alegrias La Nacional and collaborating with singer Alfonso Cid and dancers of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.