🎶 Experience the Passion of Flamenco! 🎶
Join us for an unforgettable night as we present the internationally acclaimed flamenco sensation, Cristo Cortes! Hailing all the way from the vibrant heart of Spain, this mesmerizing performer will grace the stage at Alameda for an electrifying live show. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats, soul-stirring melodies, and passionate vocals that have captivated audiences worldwide. Feel the intense emotions and fiery energy as Cristo Cortes showcases his virtuosity and mastery of this captivating art form. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness the magic of flamenco brought to life by one of its greatest modern icons. Secure your tickets now for an evening filled with heart-pounding music and dance! Be part of the Flamenco sensation at San Francisco! 🌟
8/25/23 Friday Open 7:00pm Stats 7:30pm
at Rhythmix Cultural works
2513 Blanding Ave. Alameda, CA 94501
Cante (Vocal) : Cristo Cortes
Guitarra (Guitar) : Ricardo Diaz, Jesse Torre
Baile (Dance) : Melissa Cruz, Mizuho Sato
Cristo Cortés was born in Marseille into a family of singers originally from the region of Almeria (Andalusia). Since the age of 6, he debuted in weddings and juergas, then quickly began performing on stage with his brothers. He participated in the biennial flamenca de Lyon and the biennial in Seville. He's toured the US and Mexico with Andrés Marin and performed in the opening of the Festival de Nîmes along with Tomatito, Niño de Pura, Manolo Franco and Marina Heredia. He has performed with Paquera de Jerez, and he toured in France with the show Romancero Gitano and more recently performed with El Choro, Jose Maya and Montse Cortes. Cristo Cortés is currently recognized as the best flamenco singer resident in France, respected and solicited by many artists throughout the world thanks to his unique voice and to his expansive knowledge of the art of flamenco due to his many years of experience on stage.
Ricardo Diaz discovered the art of flamenco in San Francisco, CA where he began his studies with guitarist Jorge Liceaga. At the advice of his teacher and mentor Mr. Liceaga, Ricardo started traveling to Madrid, Spain where he studied with Guitar Masters: "El Entri," "Canito," Jose Luis Rodrigues, David Cerraduela and El Viejin from Cano Roto in Madrid. Ricardo would soon begin working extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area Flamenco clubs or "Tablaos" accompanying many Bay Area and National Flamenco artists. Soon after, Ricardo started traveling the US and the world performing in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Marseille , Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Beijing and Paris.
Ricardo would appear on Shaw TV, CBC Canada, Fox TV, NBC and TF1 in France. He was interviewed in Argentina with Flamenco Magazine, ''Contratiempo'' and Flamenco websites such as SF Flamenco and Luna del Olivar in Argentina including interviews at the SF Chronicle and several radios, magazines and media outlets.
Ricardo has worked and collaborated with several Dance Companies and institutions to mention Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Caterina Costa in Rome and Yjastros in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Flamenco a Dos in Seattle. He has performed in Seville, Spain in Peña Torres Macarena, El Chozas and Cerro del Aguila in several Tablaos. He’s played in several Flamenco Festivals around the world including Grenoble, Vancouver, Dallas, Albuquerque, Avignon and Mont de Marsan in France. Ricardo performed with world renowned Flamenco Artists such as La Tania, Alejandro Granados, Jesus Montoya, Jose Anillo, Juan del Gastor, Carmen Ledesma, Cristo Cortes, Pastora Galvan, Juan Antonio Suarez ''Canito'', Teo Morca, Timo Lozano, Alegria Suarez, Rafael Amargo, and Andres Marin.
Ricardo recorded his debut album, "Travesuras", in Jerez de La Frontera.
Guitar, Music Theory
Jesse Torre began studying guitar at the age of ten, and in his studies has developed an unwitting passion for playing and teaching. Bay Area native Jesse has studied with classical guitarist Angel Miguel Lejarza Leo, flamenco guitar virtuoso Jason Mcguire, and has worked under the mindful instruction of classical guitarist Nicholas Goluses at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. There Jesse completed his Bachelors in Music (Classical Performance) with distinction, and was honored with a Performer’s Certificate, demonstrating excellence in guitar performance. During his undergraduate studies, Jesse performed in masterclasses led by the prestigious GFA winner, Tengyue Zhang, and Bach expert, Paul Galbraith. His time at Eastman has given him a strong background in music theory; he is an advocate for the written and aural analysis of music, and stresses the importance of composition and instrumental exploration. As a performer and teacher, Jesse specializes in flamenco and classical guitar, though he offers instruction in a variety of genres including: folk, blues, fingerstyle, pop, rock and rumba, to name a few. As a theory educator, Jesse covers theoretical concepts dating as far back as the Baroque, and addresses concepts of harmony and improvisation that overlap with aspects of jazz and contemporary music. Lessons are tailored to meet each individual student’s needs, interests, and various learning styles in order to ensure enthusiasm and musical growth. His patience and humor make learning fun.
Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full- time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 19 years. She began training with the Bay Area’s acclaimed flamenco master Rosa Montoya and soon thereafter, joined Ms. Montoya's professional company. Melissa has performed as a soloist in the San Francisco International Arts Festival and has presented in eight San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals, twice as a featured soloist. In 2013, she was commissioned to present a solo representing the genre of flamenco in the San Francisco Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony. She teaches a full schedule of classes and mentors her students in their development of flamenco knowledge and interpretation culminating in formal annual recitals, of which she has produced seven consecutively. Enjoying a concurrent musical career, she is percussionist/drummer/dancer with several active musical projects. She currently continues as principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company and has collaborated with Flamenco Fever (Dallas) Oleaje Flamenco (Seattle), Quiero Flamenco (Spokane), Arte y Pasion (San Antonio), Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, (Miami), Tuscon Flamenco Festival (Tuscon) St. Louis Flamenco Society (St. Louis MO), Flamenco Pacifico (Portland OR) Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco and Caminos Flamencos (San Francisco). Recently, she was Artistic Director of "The Flamenco Room" San Francisco’s longest running cabaret flamenco show. Summer 2021 saw Melissa featured in the one-woman flamenco theater play, "Flamenco on my Own" produced in collaboration with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa in Miami and as a featured performer and instructor at the prestigious Festival Flamenco Albuquerque presented by the National Institute of Flamenco. Most recently, she was a Producer for Arts in the Basin, curating the program’s Friday night live performances, was a featured presenter for World Arts West in their Dance Series at Presidio Tunnel Tops program and a featured soloist in the first annual Peninsula International Dance Festival. In addition to her accomplished artistic career, Melissa is a Bachelor of the Arts graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. As described by Rachel Howard of the SF Chronicle: "Any dancer could make pained faces. But Cruz is clearly possessed by the duende -- the spirit that drives this deeply introspective art."
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