Win tickets to Las Guitarras de España and El Payo Concert

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
8:30 PM
07:00 PM LOBBY DOORS

MAYNE STAGE

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Las Guitarras de España and El Payo return to Mayne Stage performing Flamenco rumbas, tangos and even a Sevillana or two for you to dance too! Flamenco dancer, Chiara Mangiameli, owner of Studio Mangiameli, will offer some free basic flamenco dance instruction at 8:30PM. Cellist, Ian Maksin will also be a featured soloist for the evening.

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Chicago Flamenco Community gets together at Las Guitarras de España concert

Time
Saturday, July 23 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Location
Mayne Stage
1328 Morse Ave

I love Flamenco. I was hooked to it after connecting to its passionate energy at my first live Flamenco performance back in Lima many years ago. Being a Flamenco lover, I am always looking for opportunities in Chicago to experience this art form. So this Saturday I will have my so much needed dose of Flamenco thanks to Las Guitarras de España (The Guitars of Spain). “Las Guitarras” is a fabulous “world music” ensemble from Chicago that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues, and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. As part of their “Flamenco Collaborations Series” at Mayne Stage, Las Guitarras De Espana will headline an evening celebrating flamenco dance featuring students of local teachers such as Melody Vasquez, Karen Stelling,The Flamenco Arts Center, Clinard Dance Theater, Urban Arts Flamenco Project, Edna Manteca and the Chiara Mangiameli Ensemble. This is a unique opportunity to see most of the Flamenco community in Chicago together in one show. For tickets and venue info, visit www.maynestage.com.

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The guys from Las Guitarras are giving away two tickets to the followers of Chicago Urbanite. So, if you want to get one of these tickets, just leave a comment in this post. The first two people leaving a comment get one ticket each. Good luck and see you this Saturday at Mayne Stage!



Flamenco with a Chicagoan flavor: An Open Heart conversation with singer and composer Patricia Ortega’s from Las Guitarras de Espana

A few days ago I had the pleasure to have an open-heart conversation with Chicagoan singer and composer Patricia Ortega from Las Guitarras de Espana. I met Patty during my flamenco studies at Wendy Clinard’s Studio. I had the chance to dance to her beautiful singing during Wendy’s open houses, but I had no idea that she was also a composer. I was greatly impressed when she told me she is about to release a CD that is featuring her work in collaboration with Las Guitarras de Espana. The album is titled “Tantas Cosas” (So Many Things), and as the title indicates, this CD has many musical styles that reflect Chicago’s rich cultural diversity. Patty took the forefront on this CD, and taking Spanish guitar as the foundation, the compositions are spiced up with touches borrowed from African, Brazilian, Arab, Indian, Funk, and Rap genres. Patty herself is the product of cultural fusion: She was born and raised in Chicago, but her mom is from Mexico and her dad from Cuba, and as a child, the family parties were infused with Mexican Folk music, Cuban Son, and Flamenco. She mentions that pop, rock, R&B, Mexican ranchera, and artists such as Cafeta Cuba, Ojos de Brujo, Chambuco, Concha Buika, Lila Downs, and Michael Jackson are the inspiration for her compositions.

Patty also borrowed excerpts from her own personal journey during the last two years to write the songs for this album. She has lived “tantas cosas” so intensely during this time that she had plenty of inspiration to create. The CD is a journal in which love is the main protagonist. Patty has poured her heart in these compositions and writes about the joy of being in love, of the sadness of unrequited love, of the pain felt when a relationship ends, of the tender love that a mother feels for her daughter, and also about learning to love unconditionally and live in the present moment. Here are some songs from the CD for your enjoyment:

Tantas Cosas

Dos Besos

No Me Queda Mas

Cada Dia

Alegria de las Ninas

You can buy the CD at www.the guitarsofspain.com. Also, if you would like to be part of the CD release party, then go to Mayne Stage this Saturday June 4 at 7:30 pm. The show promises to be amazing. There will be 25 performers on stage, including Las Guitarras de Espana large ensemble, dancers and guest artists such as Satya, Silvia Manrique from Beaba do Samba, and New-York based Alfonso Cid and his flamenco rock band Dientes de Caramelo. You can get tickets to the show here.

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