A Romantic Valentine’s Day with Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio & dancer Nélida Tirado$22.50 - $32.50 Buy Tickets
NPR’s Here & Now called Juanito Pascual “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.”
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio with the very, very fine New England Conservatory PhD Graduate, bassist Brad Barrett and the hot, hot Columbian drummer/percussionist Tupac Mantilla has a very busy tour schedule and a fabulous album, Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio. The band combines flamenco with jazz and world music, making for a steamy mix, especially for Valentine’s Day! Added to the show is the fabulous flamenco dancer, Nélida Tirado, who has been hailed as “magnificent” and “utterly compelling” by The New York Times. Tirado has been recognized around the globe for her intense grace and powerful style.
In March 2014, world-class flamenco/jazz acoustic guitarist Juanito Pascual released a stunning, landmark album. Titled simply: Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, the release is a tour-de-force that combines Pascual’s finely-honed skills as a flamenco guitarist–he studied from the musicians on the streets of Madrid. Pascual also adopted flavors acquired along the way with jazz mentors such as Gene Bertoncini and classical guitar guru Eliot Fisk. This album is flamenco, but it also blends in a colorful mix of other musics–a little jazz, a little Latin and even a touch of soulful funk on one cut. In addition, Pascual has even included a special flamenco-tinged version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio takes listeners on a magical journey between the lands of flamenco, the rainforest, Chicago and even India–speculated as a source of some of the rhythms and tonalities of early flamenco. Some of the tracks go so far as to mix soul with flamenco sounds–rhythms from other parts of the world morph inside the rhythms and the haunting scales of the flamenco tradition and here and there the harmonies go wild. Clapping, singing, whispering dreams meld together with the passion, the throbbing voice of anguish and lust all in one amazing musical celebration.
Born in Minneapolis in 1973, Pascual has gradually become a new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres; his signature virtuosity and warm, evocative playing, along with his original compositional style, have won him praise and admiration around the globe.
Pascual moved to Spain after high school and lived “on the streets” in order to get to study with the flamenco masters he idolized. Now, also a graduate of New England Conservatory, he regularly tours the United States and Europe and has been featured in such venues as the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival and Madrid’s Casa Patas. He has been heard on PRI and the BBC’s The World; he also appeared in the 2009 film The Pink Panther alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia.
In 2009, Pascual released Language of the Heart, a CD which deeply celebrated the flamenco traditions, yet the music was simmered and caramelized by the amazing musical talents of a virtual Who’s Who of some of the biggest names in flamenco, jazz and world music. That stunning release featured two of the finest new flamenco singers on the scene, Elena Andujar (who was featured in The Devil’s Advocate and Flamenco Women) and Leo Triviño, virtuoso bassist John Patitucci (who’s performed with Chick Corea, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock), one of the foremost world music and jazz percussionists in the United States, Jamey Haddad (who’s performed with Paul Simon and Paul Winter), noted cajón player Gonzalo Grau (the Grammy®-nominated leader of “La Clave Secreta”), electric bassist Sean Kupisz (who performed with Al di Meola) Spain’s star flamenco dancer Nino de los Reyes, pianist Alex Conde Carrasco, violinist Rohan Gregory, flutist Stan Strickland and percussionist Jerry Leake.
Juanito’s original music has touched audiences and musicians from across the musical spectrum. He has performed with Grammy®-winning artists including jazz pianists such as Michel Camilo and Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci,percussionist Jamey Haddad, renowned Middle-Eastern musician Omar Faruk Takbilek and Israeli cantor Emil Zrihan. He has worked with a long list of top flamenco musicians and dancers from Spain and the United States including Isaac and Nino de los Reyes, Raquel Heredia, Omayra Amaya, Ramon de los Reyes, Jose Greco II, Sara Erde, La Conja, Carlota Santana, La Repompa de Málaga, Inés Arrubla, Susana di Palma, Chuscales, Pedro Cortes, Roberto Catellón and Caminos Flamencos. Juanito also collaborated on the Grammy®-winning chamber opera Ainadamar by Osvoldo Golijov, which had its debut at Tanglewood in 2003 and featured soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Bassist Brad Barrett is a highly skilled musician who has performed virtually all genres of music. His musical stylings and high-level improvisational skills have landed him academic scholarships, tours and unique performance opportunities in many states as well as Europe and Asia. Brad has recorded with Ran Blake, Bob Moses, Jerry Leake and Hankus Netsky. He has also performed at the Panama Jazz Festival, Idlywild Jazz Festival and performed with a USO Tour of Asia as well as with a variety of Boston bands over the past 10 years.
Internationally acclaimed Grammy®-nominee percussionist/drummer Tupac Mantilla is one of the most versatile and creative upcoming artists of his generation. His work as a performer, educator, producer and clinician has been highly recognized worldwide and includes appearances at major jazz festivals including The Montreal Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Perugia Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, the Gent and Nice festivals and the renowned Newport Jazz Festival. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center and presented programs at Harvard University and Stanford University. Mantilla has also presented percussion oriented workshops and conferences for prestigious multi-national companies around the world.
As one of the most dynamic dancers, Nélida Tirado shares a deep passion and talent for Spanish/Flamenco and Latin dance. For Nélida, the differences between the two are immense . . . from the very style of the dances to the origin of their intricate history. Yet, each share a musical equality that reflects on life’s personal sentiments of loss, love, death, pain and joy. The comparisons are distinctive, but the personal connection between the two, have led Nelida through one of the most exhilarating and successful dance careers.
Nélida was exposed to music and dance at an early age. She began her formal training in classical ballet, studied The Graham technique and Spanish dance at Ballet Hispanico of New York at the age of six, later joining their apprentice company. Barely out of her teens, she was invited to tour the United States with José Molina Bailes Espanoles and she also worked as a soloist in Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo. Her desire to continue learning led her to Spain, where she became a soloist and dance captain with of Compania Maria Pages and Compania Antonio El Pipa, performing at prestigious flamenco festivals in Spain such as the Bienal del Arte Flamenco, Festival de Jerez, Festival de Otono, Festival de la Guitarra in Cordoba and the Flamenco Festival USA touring throughout Spain, France, Italy, The United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.
Flamenco was her life purpose, but Latin dance had always been part of her Puerto Rican roots, family and cultural traditions. It wasn’t until she started simultaneously teaching at a local Boys and Girls Club in New York and became enamored with a Latin dance class being held next door. She’d never seen this dance at such a technical level. She’d drop in on occasion for the last few minutes of class and was immediately noticed for her natural ability. She was then invited at the early age of 16 years old to perform at the Apollo Theater in tribute to Miriam Makeba with Latin legend Tito Puente. Although Latin dance would remain as one of Nelida’s true passions for many personal and cultural reasons, she focused her career on flamenco.
Since returning to the United States, her accomplishments include notable performances in the highly acclaimed Broadway production of Riverdance as solo flamenco dancer. She also performed and toured in World Music Institute’s Gypsy Caravan I, in Franco Zeferelli’s Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center and at Jacob’s Pillow and Noche Flamenca.
Nélida also danced with her own ensemble which opened for Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portoundo at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. She has produced concerts in Symphony Space, Joyce Soho, at Queens Theater in the Park and performed as a solo artist with Compania Maria Pages in The Aichi Expo in Japan. She has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and artists for her performances in “Amores Quebrados” with Suite Hispania at the Repertorio Espanol.
In 2011 and 2012, she performed in the Dance Under the Influence series in collaboration with the Flamenco Festival USA, as well as the Dance Off the Grid series at the Emellin Theater in Mamaroneck, New York. In addition, she collaborated with jazz great Wynton Marsalis for a special performance at Harvard University and participated in the E-MOVES 8,9 and 12 choreography showcase at Harlem Stage. She was also the featured soloist in the Mexican sensation “Jarocho” which toured Mexico and China.
While always remaining connected to her Latin roots throughout her dance career, Nélida performed in an exclusive show for President Bush at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. and has performed with numerous Latin icons such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Tony Vega, Jose Alberto, Santitos Colon, Ismael Miranda and The Mambo Legends Orchestra for special performances. In the New Jersey Nets Stadium, she performed for half time show in honor of Goya’s 75th Anniversary. She also has performed at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, the Aaron Davis Hall and throughout Colombia with Tito Puente’s 100th album tour. She was featured in Orquesta de La Luz’s “Somos Diferente” video and Chris Rock’s television show Totally Biased.
Nelida has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Star Ledger and she was selected as one of Dance Magazine‘s “25 To Watch.” She received the BRIO award twice from the Bronx Council of the Arts for her artistic excellence and she also received the Tito Puente Scholarship three times.