ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Algo Profundo
Jesús Muñoz Flamenco
Choreographer, dancer and musical arranger Jesus Muñoz returns to Outpost for another exciting evening of flamenco dance and music. Originally from McAllen TX, Jesus Muñoz, began his training at Albuquerque’s National Institute of Flamenco (NIF). He launched his professional career with the legendary Maria Benitez. He has directed 12 company seasons at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and has maintained a regular tour schedule since 2007. Muñoz is the founder of Flamenco Works, Casa Flamenca and co-founder of Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival. In recent years Muñoz has directed for the Ford Theatre, and is a three-time winner of New Mexico’s Folk Arts Master award sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
About tonight’s program, Muñoz said “In the past year, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what it is important for me and what I want to do with this art form here in Albuquerque, nationally, and internationally. What message do I want to send with my art? I’ve received a lot of support from amazing artists from all over the world and this year I want to begin to harvest those ideas from the seeds that I’ve planted."
Felix de Lola from Sevilla, Spain has toured globally through Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the U.S., singing for a list of illustrious artists including Juan Polvillo, Belén Maya, Domingo Ortega, Juan Ogalla, Andres Peña, Carmela Greco, Pastora Galvan.
A native of Antequera, Spain, guitarist & composer, Jose Valle “Chuscales" is widely considered the most influential flamenco guitarist currently living on the continent having influenced many popular artists including Jesse Cook, Ottmar Liebert and others. He played for many years with Maria Benitez and has toured extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Japan accompanying such dance luminaries as Farruco, El Guito, Mario Maya. La Singla, La Chunga, Joaquin Fajardo, and La Tati and singers including El Lebrijano, El Chocolate, Camaron de Isla, and Bambino.
As a young artist from Northhampton, MA, Amalyah Leader commuted to NYC to study with the legendary, Omayra Amaya. She is currently a student at UNM and works for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Singer, Megan Chandler is based in Boulder, CO. She has toured with numerous flamenco artists and is recognized for her mastery of flamenco, jazz and Middle Eastern music.
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