Flamenco with Joelle Gonçalves, Kerensa DeMars & Esteban Bello @ Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, Berkeley [21 July]

Flamenco with Joelle Gonçalves, Kerensa DeMars & Esteban Bello

18:00 - 22:00

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Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94705
Flamenco Fantastico Friday 7/21/2017
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley Ca 94705
6-10 P M 6pm (Door and Potluck) 7pm (Show)
$15-25 Donation
POTLUCK (So you can bring Food and Beverages)

Joelle Gonçalves is a founding member of Sol Flamenco and currently continues as the company’s Artistic Director. In addition to managing shows with some of the Bay Area’s finest artists, she has also worked as a soloist with several local dance companies. She has received awards from the Sonoma Arts Council and in 2009 she received a personal letter from Cirque du Soleil talent scout, Guilio Scatola, requesting her audition (after seeing her perform at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts) for the production of Ka. Most recently she performed at the Yerbabuena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at an awards ceremony sponsored by KQED honoring important members of the Latino community. During this time she was also featured in a commercial honoring the life of Betty Rodriguez, sponsored by KQED and Union Bank.

Kerensa DeMars is a San Francisco based flamenco dancer and choreographer. Known for her unique synthesis of flamenco and middle eastern dance, she has performed internationally at venues including London's Royal Festival Hall, the Teatro Calderón of Madrid, the Tivoli Theater in Barcelona and San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Kerensa is the artistic director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company which recently presented the production 'Mares' at the Brava Theater. She has served on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee and directs San Francisco's weekly ‘Flamenco Room’ show, now in its fourteenth consecutive year.

Master guitarist/vocalist Esteban Bello plays and sings a stunning variety of Classical, Flamenco, Cuban, Latin Jazz, Mariachi and traditional Jazz music. He attended Mannes College of Music in New York as a classical guitar major, received a scholarship to study with Andres Segovia in Spain and has studied with Julian Bream and Narciso Yepes, among others.

As a classical guitarist, he has performed more than 400 concerts nationwide, in Canada and Europe, including traditional symphonic works such as the Concerto de Aranjuez, as well as New Music such as «Ancient Voices of Children» by George Crumb, «Paradigm» and «Map» with Lukas Foss' Creative Associates.

He also sings and plays traditional songs from many cultures, including: Spanish, Italian, Calo, Portuguese, Zapotec, Quechua, Hebrew, Ladino, and English.

Esteban Bello also appears as a soloist or with his Flamenco Bello, also available as strolling guitarists/vocalists who perform tradtional Mariachi and Bolero, as well as a variety of songs from South America.

His Cuban Son Group, «The Mira Vista Social Club,» presents Cuban Son music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club, and has just returned from a command performance for the Coronation of the King of Tonga.

His studies of traditional flamenco cante and toque have resulted in the recent release of his first Flamenco CD, «Flamenco Sin Cheli,» with letras in Calo, the language of the Andalusian gypsies.

Esteban Bello
Reviews – North American Newspapers
«The most expressive classical guitarist I have ever heard.»
--Carlos Montoya

«Strikingly pure, eminently musical, well-rounded virtuosity.»
--New York Times

«Magnificent! Utterly enchanting! A master performer!»
— Anchorage Daily Times

«A superb recitalist whos playing showed extreme sensitivity to the poetic aspects of music.»
--Buffalo Evening News

«Extraordinary technique!... .plays with great sensitivity and insight.»
--Springfield News

«A performer of musical sensitivity and great expressive power.»
— New Haven Register

«Surprising subtleties of coloring and a rhythmic sense that must be heard to be appreciated. This varied program proved the masterful articulation and exquisite attention to phrasing Esteban Bello possesses.»
--the Viriginia Pilot

«A truly remarkable guitarist.»
--Montreal Star

«Bello made the complicated Bach Chaconne almost sound easy.»
--Philadelphia Inquirer

«Esteban Bello played the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez magnificently! Remarkable technique and beautiful articulation.»
--Anchorage Daily News
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