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Review: Flamenco at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana

Posted in Arts & Culture, Downtown, Flamenco en Inglés by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on April 21, 2009

Flamencali presented an evening of flamenco music, song, and dance.

By Omar Ávalos Gallegos
Published on LatinoLA: April 21, 2009

Hello LA. Friday April 17th, 2009 was the return of the LA – based flamenco group Flamencali to the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana’s Historic Downtown. The group played to a standing room only audience that filled up seating before the 8:30 pm start time. The show, produced by yours truly flamenco guitarist and singer Omar Ávalos, featured the flamenco dancing of Nancy Gallardo, Jennifer Barrios and Gabriela Estrada. Each dancer performed two solo dances, one for each set of the evening, in addition to the group dances of Sevillanas, Bulerías, and Rumbas.

That evening I had the privilege to perform on a custom flamenco guitar made by Monica Esparza in San Clemente, CA. I performed two original solo bulerías and opened things up a bit towards evening’s end with true Latin American flair by singing two all-time favorites, Moliendo Café and Ojitos traidores, two recognizable tunes sung by Javier Solís with multiple versions existing to date. The evening ended with the now most common practice of audience dance participation. It seems as if a flamenco show just can’t do without that. Either that or the gals just can’t get enough of taking people up to dance.

About Omar Ávalos Gallegos:

Omar Ávalos is a native of Santa Ana, CA and longtime active flamenco guitarist in LA. He is an associate music instructor at Santa Ana College and a principal musician for the Department of Dance at UC Irvine.

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