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Saturday, May 16
SCOTTSDALE
Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259


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Sunday, May 17
TUCSON
Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th St.
Tucson, AZ


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Ojalá will be a collaboration of Arizona’s finest flamenco artists uniting to create a series of events benefiting Arms of Love Foster Care.  In Spanish, “Ojalá” translates as “Hopefully” and it is the energy of hope that inspires this project. Presentations of Ojalá will highlight both traditional and experimental flamenco works, acknowledging the value of both heritage and imagination in art and in altruism. This event seeks to comfort and inspire those who find themselves in the path of suffering and pain, even as children, and to provide hope of fresh beginnings, peace in the midst of trials, and joy in grace.

 

Featuring:

 

Misael Barraza (guitar)

Macarena Giraldez (singer)

Olivia Rojas (singer)

Angelina Ramirez (dancer)

Jason Martinez (dancer/percussionist)

Mele Martinez (dancer)

Adrian Goldenthal (bass/upright bass)

Diana Olivares (violin/vocals)

ARMS OF LOVE FOSTER CARE:
abcs.org/ojala

 
About the artists:
Angelina Ramirez began studying Flamenco at the age of nine with Deanna Pierce and Olivia Rojo in Tucson, Arizona.  At sixteen, she became a member of Rojo’s company, Flamenco y Mas.  Just out of high school, Angelina toured the US as a featured artist with the National Theater Company.  She continued her studies at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico studying with Eva Encinias, Joaquin Encinias, Omyara Amaya and Marisol Encinias.  Angelina became an original member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. While residing in Albuquerque, she had the pleasure of studying from dancers such as Antonio Canales, Israel Galvan, Alejandro Granados, and Farruquito. In 2009, returning to Arizona, Angelina founded Flamenco Por La Vida, a performance company that has been continually performing throughout the Valley for the past five years.  In 2012, Angelina along with collaborators Monica Robles and Ruben Gonzalez, opened 5th Row Dance Studios, where Angelina currently teaches flamenco.  In 2014, Angelina presented two inaugural festivals in the Phoenix Community: Lluvia Flamenca in collaboration with Stateside Presents and The Phoenix Festival de España with The Phoenix Center for the Arts.  During the 2014-15 season, Angelina was asked to tour with world-renowned, New York based company Noche Flamenca in their production of Antigone.  Angelina and her company Flamenco Por La Vida were awarded the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for Best Dance Organization.  Angelina looks forward to whatever her journey will bring her as she continues to live her lifelong passion as an artist of Flamenco.

Angelina Ramirez began studying Flamenco at the age of nine with Deanna Pierce and Olivia Rojo in Tucson, Arizona. At sixteen, she became a member of Rojo’s company, Flamenco y Mas. Just out of high school, Angelina toured the US as a featured artist with the National Theater Company. She continued her studies at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico studying with Eva Encinias, Joaquin Encinias, Omyara Amaya and Marisol Encinias. Angelina became an original member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. While residing in Albuquerque, she had the pleasure of studying from dancers such as Antonio Canales, Israel Galvan, Alejandro Granados, and Farruquito. In 2009, returning to Arizona, Angelina founded Flamenco Por La Vida, a performance company that has been continually performing throughout the Valley for the past five years. In 2012, Angelina along with collaborators Monica Robles and Ruben Gonzalez, opened 5th Row Dance Studios, where Angelina currently teaches flamenco. In 2014, Angelina presented two inaugural festivals in the Phoenix Community: Lluvia Flamenca in collaboration with Stateside Presents and The Phoenix Festival de España with The Phoenix Center for the Arts. During the 2014-15 season, Angelina was asked to tour with world-renowned, New York based company Noche Flamenca in their production of Antigone. Angelina and her company Flamenco Por La Vida were awarded the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for Best Dance Organization. Angelina looks forward to whatever her journey will bring her as she continues to live her lifelong passion as an artist of Flamenco.

Jason Martinez, a flamenco dancer and cajón player, found flamenco through the dance program at the University of New Mexico, with instructors Eva Encinias-Sandoval and Pablo Rodarte. Having developed a genuine love for and dedication to flamenco, Jason traveled to Sevilla, Spain to study the art form. He has since studied extensively at the National Institute of Flamenco under Joaquin Encinias and Omayra Amaya and became an instructor for the Institute of both dance technique and cajón. Indeed, study with these accomplished instructors has made Jason a talented instructor himself. Jason became an original member of Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company in January 2001 under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. He performed with the company in nine concert seasons including tours of the Southwestern United States. He became a soloist for the company in Fall 2005. Jason now resides and teaches in Tucson, AZ and has toured nationally as a soloist.  
Jason is an example of an artist cultivated through the New Mexican flamenco movement.  He is joined in this group by other accomplished flamencos such as Gabriel Osuna, Vicente Griego, and Ricardo Anglada.  One review states: "Pieces like Farruca, with principal dancer, Jason Martinez, carry the dance to a transcedental level – Martinez shuffles his feet to the point that he almost hovers just above the surface of the stage." - El Valle Hispanic News

Jason Martinez, a flamenco dancer and cajón player, found flamenco through the dance program at the University of New Mexico, with instructors Eva Encinias-Sandoval and Pablo Rodarte. Having developed a genuine love for and dedication to flamenco, Jason traveled to Sevilla, Spain to study the art form. He has since studied extensively at the National Institute of Flamenco under Joaquin Encinias and Omayra Amaya and became an instructor for the Institute of both dance technique and cajón. Indeed, study with these accomplished instructors has made Jason a talented instructor himself. Jason became an original member of Yjastros, The American Flamenco Repertory Company in January 2001 under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. He performed with the company in nine concert seasons including tours of the Southwestern United States. He became a soloist for the company in Fall 2005. Jason now resides and teaches in Tucson, AZ and has toured nationally as a soloist.
Jason is an example of an artist cultivated through the New Mexican flamenco movement. He is joined in this group by other accomplished flamencos such as Gabriel Osuna, Vicente Griego, and Ricardo Anglada. One review states: "Pieces like Farruca, with principal dancer, Jason Martinez, carry the dance to a transcedental level – Martinez shuffles his feet to the point that he almost hovers just above the surface of the stage." - El Valle Hispanic News

Melani “Mele” Martinez’s natural movement style, even in childhood, made for a perfect fit with the raw spirit of flamenco. By age eighteen Mele was already exhibiting a powerful awareness of musical interpretation both in rhythmic understanding and emotive potential in the art. With professional training, she became an original member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Co.  Soon, she was co-directing the Tucson Flamenco Festival, teaching in her own studio, and a featured artist in festivals and concerts throughout the country. Despite humble beginnings in Tucson, Mele is now considered one of the most authentic flamenco performers in America.

Melani “Mele” Martinez’s natural movement style, even in childhood, made for a perfect fit with the raw spirit of flamenco. By age eighteen Mele was already exhibiting a powerful awareness of musical interpretation both in rhythmic understanding and emotive potential in the art. With professional training, she became an original member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Co. Soon, she was co-directing the Tucson Flamenco Festival, teaching in her own studio, and a featured artist in festivals and concerts throughout the country. Despite humble beginnings in Tucson, Mele is now considered one of the most authentic flamenco performers in America.

Misael Barraza-Diaz was born in 1990 in Hermosillo, Mexico. He began his guitar studies at eleven years of age, with guitar professor Jesus Cota. Three years later, he started learning flamenco guitar as a self-taught musician. While studying at the University of Sonora, Misael was invited to be a part of the guitar quartet Staccato, with whom he recorded a CD in 2005.

In 2008, Misael received a full scholarship to go to Spain and study with awarded flamenco guitarist Oscar Herrero. During his stay in Spain, Misael participated in the Flamenco guitar contest, “III Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Flamenca Niño Ricardo” and placed third in the international guitarist category. In June of 2010, he attended the National Festival of Flamenco in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After participating in the Concurso, (Contest) the jury awarded the first prize to Misael for his interpretation of his own composition “Cajita de Madera”, one of the singles in his latest CD “Luz de Día”. During the summer of 2011, Misael was able to study again in Spain with Oscar Herrero. While in Spain, Misael was part of one of the biggest guitar events in the world, the Cordoba Guitar Festival, where he studied with flamenco guitar legends Manolo Sanlucar, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Manolo Franco, among other great masters of flamenco guitar.

In 2014 Misael released his first solo guitar album entitled “Luz de Día”, available for purchase on Itunes, Amazon and CdBaby.

Misael Barraza-Diaz was born in 1990 in Hermosillo, Mexico. He began his guitar studies at eleven years of age, with guitar professor Jesus Cota. Three years later, he started learning flamenco guitar as a self-taught musician. While studying at the University of Sonora, Misael was invited to be a part of the guitar quartet Staccato, with whom he recorded a CD in 2005.

In 2008, Misael received a full scholarship to go to Spain and study with awarded flamenco guitarist Oscar Herrero. During his stay in Spain, Misael participated in the Flamenco guitar contest, “III Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Flamenca Niño Ricardo” and placed third in the international guitarist category. In June of 2010, he attended the National Festival of Flamenco in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After participating in the Concurso, (Contest) the jury awarded the first prize to Misael for his interpretation of his own composition “Cajita de Madera”, one of the singles in his latest CD “Luz de Día”. During the summer of 2011, Misael was able to study again in Spain with Oscar Herrero. While in Spain, Misael was part of one of the biggest guitar events in the world, the Cordoba Guitar Festival, where he studied with flamenco guitar legends Manolo Sanlucar, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Manolo Franco, among other great masters of flamenco guitar.

In 2014 Misael released his first solo guitar album entitled “Luz de Día”, available for purchase on Itunes, Amazon and CdBaby.

Olivia Rojas began her professional career singing choral and Mexican rancheras.  She began singing flamenco cante in 2004 and has toured throughout the United States with Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola and Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble. She has performed with Alma Performing Arts, Mosaico, Yumi La Rosa Ensemble and Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo.  She is Co-Owner of Flamenco Por La Vida along with Angelina Ramirez.  Olivia performs in various venues throughout the Valley and teaches flamenco cante at 5th Row Dance Studios.

Olivia Rojas began her professional career singing choral and Mexican rancheras. She began singing flamenco cante in 2004 and has toured throughout the United States with Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola and Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble. She has performed with Alma Performing Arts, Mosaico, Yumi La Rosa Ensemble and Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo. She is Co-Owner of Flamenco Por La Vida along with Angelina Ramirez. Olivia performs in various venues throughout the Valley and teaches flamenco cante at 5th Row Dance Studios.

Macarena Giraldez, a native of Sevilla, Spain grew up in Barrio La Macarena.  There she was immersed in the culture and art of flamenco from a young age where she learned from her mother, a noted singer of saetas, and from her aunt, a professional cantaora..  Maca, having never received formal training, came to flamenco by living and breathing the art form native to her land.  She continued to grow over the years as she spent hours upon hours with friends and family in festive gatherings, all the while taking in the sounds of the streets.  Macarena is a true example of a flamenco singer in the most organic sense of the role.  An experienced performer known for her gypsy voice, she performs regularly at the tablao, Casa Vicente, along side guitarist Misael Barraza and dancers Jason and Mele Martinez.

Macarena Giraldez, a native of Sevilla, Spain grew up in Barrio La Macarena. There she was immersed in the culture and art of flamenco from a young age where she learned from her mother, a noted singer of saetas, and from her aunt, a professional cantaora.. Maca, having never received formal training, came to flamenco by living and breathing the art form native to her land. She continued to grow over the years as she spent hours upon hours with friends and family in festive gatherings, all the while taking in the sounds of the streets. Macarena is a true example of a flamenco singer in the most organic sense of the role. An experienced performer known for her gypsy voice, she performs regularly at the tablao, Casa Vicente, along side guitarist Misael Barraza and dancers Jason and Mele Martinez.

Since 1996, Adrian Goldenthal has been performing professionally throughout his native ground in Phoenix, Arizona and beyond. His musical explorations have taken him from his jazz roots through nearly every genre from pop to Brazilian to bluegrass. When he is not touring the country with Flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome or a variety of tribute shows, such as ABBAFab, Adrian maintains several projects locally. He has also served as Producer and Musical Director for singer/songwriter Jody Gnant and has recorded music with several artists.

Since 1996, Adrian Goldenthal has been performing professionally throughout his native ground in Phoenix, Arizona and beyond. His musical explorations have taken him from his jazz roots through nearly every genre from pop to Brazilian to bluegrass. When he is not touring the country with Flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome or a variety of tribute shows, such as ABBAFab, Adrian maintains several projects locally. He has also served as Producer and Musical Director for singer/songwriter Jody Gnant and has recorded music with several artists.

Diana Olivares is currently a member of the award winning Mariachi Sonido de Mexico. As a mariachi musician, she has shared the stage with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and provided live instrumental and vocal accompaniment for artists Ana Barbara, Shaila Durcal, Nydia Rojas, and America’s Got Talent’s Sebastian de la Cruz. She is a vocalist for Jacome Flamenco when presenting the flamenco/mariachi fusion program “FlaMEXico!” and has showcased the program at venues Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, and the Chandler Center for the Arts. Vocal studies at the University of Arizona have led her to pursue opera and achievements include 1st place in the NATS Valley of the Sun “Classical Singer Auditions” and 2nd place in the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona’s annual “Quest for the Best” competition. Roles include Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Maria in West Side Story.

Diana Olivares is currently a member of the award winning Mariachi Sonido de Mexico. As a mariachi musician, she has shared the stage with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and provided live instrumental and vocal accompaniment for artists Ana Barbara, Shaila Durcal, Nydia Rojas, and America’s Got Talent’s Sebastian de la Cruz. She is a vocalist for Jacome Flamenco when presenting the flamenco/mariachi fusion program “FlaMEXico!” and has showcased the program at venues Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, and the Chandler Center for the Arts. Vocal studies at the University of Arizona have led her to pursue opera and achievements include 1st place in the NATS Valley of the Sun “Classical Singer Auditions” and 2nd place in the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona’s annual “Quest for the Best” competition. Roles include Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Maria in West Side Story.