Flamenco in the Courtyard

Wednesday Morning Concert

Flamenco in the Courtyard

Wed, September 7, 2016, 11:00am

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Experience the characteristic dance and song of Spain, bursting with passion, color, and rhythm! This series includes a concert in the Spanish Courtyard followed by a tour of the Mediterranean-style Rosen House, a buffet lunch inspired by Spanish cuisine, and a self-guided garden stroll.


Isabel del Día, dancer
Alfonso Cid, vocals and flute
Cristian Puig, guitar


    11:00am Performance in the Spanish Courtyard

    11:45am Tour of the Rosen House

    1:00pm Lunch is served in the Summer Dining Room (for those who purchased)

    *Sales close Monday prior to Wednesday Morning Concert

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.


Christian Puig

Cristian Puig, guitar and vocals

Cristian Puig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Son of Gloria Monreal, Flamenco singer and Pablo Puig, Flamenco guitarist. When he was 19 years old, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla as well as flamenco guitar with his father. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bosa nova, and contemporary music with various teachers. He has been self-taught ever since, using his musical influences and inspirations as his guide. His strongest inspirations include his parents Gloria and Pablo, Paco de Lucia, Juan M. Canizares, Sabicas, Gerardo Núñez, Astor Piazzola, Dino Saluzzi, C.F. Gomez, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascual, Chick Corea, John Mclaughlin, and John Coltrane.

From 1985 to 2000 Cristian has been integrated into various groups and flamenco companies performing in various tablaos, restaurants, cultural centers, and theaters. In 1990 he formed the flamenco fusion group Rabat. Rabat appeared in various theaters and venues in Argentina and later went on to travel to various countries in South America including Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. Looking to fuse jazz and bossa nova with flamenco, Cristian integrated instruments such as the piano, electric guitar, and saxophone experimenting with his original compositions. In 1993 Gloria Monreal joined Rabat as a flamenco singer and Cristian worked and learned from her for the following 12 years. Gloria has shared the stage with several artists including Los Pericet, Orlando Romero, Maria Amaya, Antonio Maya, La China, Mario Escudero, Esteban de Sanlucar, Salinas, El Morito and Pepe Alonso. In 1996 Cristian joined Chango Farias Gomez and worked throughout Argentina for 3 years. Cristian can be heard on Chango Farías Gomez y la Manija CD, recorded in the Astral Theater in 1995.

Cristian dissolved the group Rabat in 1997 to dedicate himself to work as a soloist while still collaborating with other local and foreign musicians, fusing bossa nova, jazz, and Argentine tango. In 2000 Cristian was asked to travel to New York to make his debut at Alegrias tablao. Since then Cristian has been working and composing music for local and foreign artists and companies. At the present time he is working on recordings of his own compositions. He has currently co-founded De Luna a Lunares ensemble. Cristian has composed music and worked with various companies. Cristian continues to work as a solist, composes music for flamenco companies, and offers private instruction. He also works as a flamenco singer, interpreting the traditional and modern flamenco styles.

Cristian is currently working on different projects, finishing the new CD Entre Cuerdas, a flamenco-jazz fusion CD with guitarrists Hernan Romero and special guest artist Al Dimeola. Cristian is also working on the composition and recording for the film The Last Quartet. His new flamenco trio Puig-Sanchez-Moreno can also be seen in various tablaos throughout New York City.