PASIÓN FLAMENCA: Spain’s Cultural Treasure
On Saturday March 1 at 7:30 we will present Pasión Flamenca in an evening of music from Spain. The art of Flamenco encompasses music, poetry, song, and dance. Vocalist Rachel “La Mala” Milloy, guitarist Scott Mateo Davies, and an exciting team of musicians and dancers will explore the roots and current trends of this vibrant art form. They will be joined by multi-talented percussionist Terrence Karn of Houston’s Gypsy Dance Theater, highlighting the unique rhythms of Spain’s artistic gift to the world. Don’t miss this passionate performance!
The March 1st concert is at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. Seats are by general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for all ACTC students , faculty and staff and will be available at the door and by phone through the Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459 and online at http://rootsmusicflamenca.bpt.me. Parking at Hamline is free (permit lots are free in the evening and weekend). For directions: http://www.hamline.edu/sundin/
Their workshops will include a lecture demonstration on Thursday February 27 at 1:00 pm, elementary school assembly programs, a Flamenco guitar workshop and a free and open-to-the public Juerga Flamenca (Flamenco spree!) featuring rhumba dance lesson, guest flamenco dancers and musicians on Friday March 7th from 7 to 10 pm in Hamline’s Bush Center Ballroom. Reservations for the Juerga are at http://juergaflamenca.bpt.me (it’s still free and you can also just show up!)
Vocalist and percussionist Rachel Milloy and guitarist and oudist Scott Mateo Davies began their collaboration in 2007, sharing their love of Flamenco and other related Mediterranean music, such as Greek/Balkan Romani (Gypsy) and Sephardic music. Since then, they have taught and performed together hundreds of times. Their venues have included concert halls, festivals, private events, schools and colleges, and numerous restaurants, clubs, and cafes. They frequently feature other artists such as violinists, bassists, guitarists, percussionists, and Flamenco dancers.
Rachel Milloy sings in Spanish, Greek, Romanes, Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages. She has a degree in linguistics and studied vocals with Esma Redzhepova, Talegon de Cordoba, and Jesus Montoya. She learned hand percussion with Souhail Kaspar, Rumen Sali Shopov, and Tim O’Keefe.
Scott Mateo Davies studied classical guitar with Albert Bellson. He moved to Spain in 1982, studying with el Entri, David Serva, and Felipe Maya, and apprenticing as dance accompanist at el Amor de Dios Dance Studios. He played guitar and oud with Voices of Sepharad from 1986 to 1998, and has been featured guitarist for Chicago-based Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater since 1989.
Mateo has toured twice in Spain, China, and Poland, in addition to touring throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He has recorded three solo albums and lent a Flamenco flair to numerous other albums,including one with Donna Peña. Mateo was featured in the 1999 film, “Puente de Almas,” and has many television and radio credits.