Waltons World Masters - Camerata Flamenco Project

Camerata Flamenco Project (2013)

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'The equation in their name speaks for itself. Classical music, flamenco and jazz flow in this integrating and beautiful project.... Pianist Pablo Suárez, cellist José Luis López and saxophonist-flautist Ramiro Obedman choose to diffuse boundaries and settle in a stateless land with no flags.'
– Fernando Neira, EL PAIS

Performance Information
About the Camerata Flamenco Project
Artist Biographies
Selected YouTube Videos

Camerata Flamenco Project is a unique ensemble that brings together extraordinary musicians from the flamenco, jazz and classical worlds to create music and performances like no other. Their sound is rich, passionate, expressive and subtle – and above all rooted in the rhythmical patterns and energy of flamenco.

This special concert double bill opens with a full show by Camerata Flamenco Project. For the second act, the ensemble will be joined on stage by special guests Cano (guitar), Antonio Campos (singing), and Leonor Leal (dance).

Part I – Camerata Flamenco Project
Pablo Suárez • Piano
José Luis López • Cello
Ramiro Obedman • Flute & Saxophone
José Miguel Garzón • Double Bass
Karo Sampela • Percussion

Part II – Camerata Flamenco Project Quintet & Special Guests
Cano • Guitar
Leonor Leal • Dance
Antonio Campos • Singing

Performance Information

When Thursday 21 November, 7.30 pm
Where Smock Alley Theatre - Main Space
Presented by Dublin Flamenco Festival and Waltons World Masters
Supported by SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores)

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About the Camerata Flamenco Project

Before Camerata Flamenco Project was formed, its members had developed their individual careers as both performers and composers with some of the best flamenco companies in the world. Pablo Suárez (piano) and José Luis López (cello) met while working on the show La Garra y el Angel by Eva Yerbabuena and Rafael Amargo in 1997 at the Teatro del Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. In 1996, they meet Ramiro Obedman (flute, saxophone) while working with Adrián Galia’s company in Japan. After several years of work with major flamenco productions, they formed their own Camerata Flamenco Project.

The Project’s first performance was at the Singapore Arts Festival in the spring of 2004, and in June 2006 they released the album Burlador, a collaboration with the guitarist Jesús Torres and the choreographer Rafaela Carrasco, with performances at the Joyce Theater and Schubert Theaters in New York. Since then, they have performed at major music festivals including La Noche en Blanco (Madrid), Suma Flamenca (Madrid), the Madrid Jazz Festival, FACYL (The Arts Festival of Castilla y León) and Palma de Mallorca.

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Artist Biographies

Camerata Flamenco Project

Pablo Suárez, piano
Pablo began his musical studies in Barcelona with Rosario Vilanova and later studied at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona. In 1995, he moved to Madrid, where he focused professionally on flamenco. He was very much in demand as an interpreter, composer and musical director for a number of important flamenco performers and companies, including Adrián Galia, Eva Yerbabuena, Rafael Amargo, Cristina Hoyos, Rafaela Carrasco, Andrés Marín and Carmen Linares. More recently, he has collaborated with Rafael Jiménez ‘Falo’, Paco del Pozo, Cano, Antonio Rey, Los Macarines, Nacho Arimany, Jesús Torres, José Luis López, Jesús Corbacho and Carmen Linares, among others.

José Luis López, cello
Born in Madrid, José Luis studied cello and chamber music and in 1990 won First Prize for Interpretation in the Certamen de Música Madrid Joven 90. He continued his training with Mikhail Khomitser, professor of music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and became a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca. Deeply interested in the complexity and richness of flamenco, he has collaborated in recordings and taken part in such festivals as Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez, Grec de Barcelona, International Festival of Dance of Kuopio, Winterturer Music Festwochen, Printemps de Bourges, Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba and Singapore Arts Festival. He has also worked with a number of extraordinary flamenco artists, such as José Monje ‘Viejín’, Lole Montoya, Jose Antonio Galicia, Paco del Pozo, Niña Pastori, Juan Ramirez, Merche Esmeralda, Lola Greco, Adrián Galia, Rafael Amargo, Compañía Andaluza de Danza, Lola Greco and Manuel Reyes. In 2002 he received the award for the best original music for dance in the eleventh Certamen Internacional de Coreografía de Flamenco y Danza Española in Madrid. José Luis has also worked as an artistic director and has recorded for several films, including Salomé by Carlos Saura.

Ramiro Obedman, saxophone/flute
Born in Argentina in 1971, Ramiro moved to Madrid where he studied saxophone and flute, piano, harmony and composition. He has travelled extensively in Spain, Argentina and Cuba, and studying at various institutions (La Escuela de Música Creativa, La Facultad de Musica de La Plata, El Instituto Superior de Arte ISA) under a number of distinguished masters (M. Escribano, B. Lopardo, H. Samela, Andres Alen and Javier Salva to name a few). Professionally, he has worked across a variety of musical styles including jazz, Latin, reggae and ska, Argentinian tango and musical theatre. From 1996, he began working with a number of distinguished flamenco companies, and this style of music became his principal focus professionally and artistically. Since then he has worked Adrian Galia, Rafaela Carrasco, Nuevo Ballet Español, Antonio Marquez, Manolete and numerous other dancers. In addition he has worked with flamenco singers of the calibre of Montse Cortes, Paco del Pozo and others, and performed in Nuevas Generaciones by Cristina Hoyos. In addition to performing, Ramiro produces and composes music for documentaries, advertising, dance and theatre. He is also featured on albums by Antonio Rey Grupo, Makarines, Lila Horowitz and the Juan Cuacci Quintet.

José Miguel Garzón, double bass
José Miguel (‘Josemi’) studied double bass at the Conservatorio Padre Antonio Soler in El Escorial and after graduating became a double-bass teacher at the Conservatorio de Ferraz in Madrid. He has also studied aural training with Hebe Onesti and double bass and improvisation at the Taller de Músicos and the Escuela de Música Creativa de Madrid. For three years he formed part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Estudiantes de la Comunidad de Madrid (OECM). In 1986, Josemi joined La Barbería del Sur and later worked and toured with such flamenco greats as Carmen Linares, Enrique Morente, Diego ‘el Cigala’, Montse Cortés, Antonio Canales, Joaquín Cortés and Israel Fernández. He has also performed and toured with Sergio Dalma, Donna Hightower, Mónica Naranjo and Enrique Heredia, and he has participated in jazz festivals and club sessions with Abdu Salim, Ron Jackson, Norman Hogue, Jorge Pardo, Román Filiú, Santiago de la Muela, Israel Sandoval and Jocelin Medina. Josemi has made numerous recordings for television and worked on the soundtracks of several films. One of his more recent collaborations was with Estrella Morente and Dulce Pontes on the Dulce Estrella tour.

Karo Sampela, percussion
Karo is a Finnish percussionist and drummer currently based in Madrid. His training included piano, drums and percussion in the Länsi-Pirkanmaa and Pirkanmaa schools of music, and the Pop & Jazz Conservatory of Helsinki. Karo has been working as a drummer and percussionist since 1992, participating in various recordings and tours with diverse artists around Europe and Africa. On the flamenco scene, Karo has worked with José Torres Trío, Camerata Flamenco Project, Nuevo Ballet Español and Compañía Kaari Martin to name a few.

Special Guests

Cano, guitar
Although Juan Antonio Suárez (‘Cano’) is a world-renowned flamenco guitarist, born into a family of Gypsy artists, his work transcends the traditional boundaries of flamenco and has pushed the music in new and fascinating directions. Since he was invited by Gerardo Nuñez in 1996 to represent a new generation of flamenco guitarists on the album The New School of Flamenco Guitar, he has evolved into one of the great flamenco artists of our time. Cano has worked as a guitarist and composer with renowned dancers such as Merche Esmeralda, Belén Maya, Isabel Bayón, Andrés Marín and Rafaela Carrasco, to name a few. He has also composed music for some of the greatest flamenco artists and appears in Carlos Saura's Flamenco, Flamenco with Rocío Molina. In 2012, he worked with singer Diana Navarro on the album Flamenco, which received a Gold Disc in Spain and a Latin Grammy award nomination. Cano has released three critically acclaimed albums of his own and collaborated on countless others.

Leonor Leal, dance
Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Leonor began her training when she was nine years old. She graduated with degrees in Classical Dance and Spanish from the Professional Conservatory of Dance of Seville, and completed her studies at the University of Seville. For her flamenco training, Leonor worked with the such renowned teachers as Manolo Marín, Pilar Ortega, Carmen Montiel, Pepa Coral and the Galván family. And she took masterclasses with Juan Parra, Angelita Gómez, La Chiqui, Mercedes Ruiz, Andrés Peña, Ana María López, María del Mar Moreno and Manuela Carpio. Leonor began performing as a solo dancer in 2008, with Leoleolé, a show created for the Los Novísimos series of the Festival de Jerez. After a residency in Corral de la Morería in Madrid, she received the outstanding dancer award in the Spanish and Flamenco Dance Choreography competition. Leonor’s show eLe eLe received First Prize at the 15th Festival de Jerez in 2011.

Antonio Campos, singing
Born in Tarragona to Andalusian emigrants, Antonio moved to Atarfe in Granada at a young age. Without a history of flamenco in his family, he began to like it by listening to recordings and soon began playing the guitar and composing his own music. His professional career began with a song he composed for the album Granada baila por tangos, a commission by Raúl Alcover, who also sang. When Angustillas la Mona heard him, she hired him to sing at her cave in Sacromonte, where he was resident from 1988 to 2003. Since then, he has collaborated on national and international tours with such renowned bailaores as Fuensanta la Moneta, Manuel Liñán, Rafaela Carrasco, Juan Andrés Maya and Antonio Canales, among many others. He has also recorded songs for the albums Al aire de Graná, Entre ciprés y jazmín, Jóvenes con esencia flamenca and Flamenco Chill. More recently, he has performed in the show Mujeres, directed by Mario Maya and on the album Silence-Light: World Flamenco Septet by Nacho Arimany, recorded in New York, and he released his first solo album, a live recording at the Corral del Carbón in Granada with Daniel Méndez on guitar, in 2009.

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Selected YouTube Videos

Camerata Flamenco Project

Camerata Flamenco Project with Cano

Camerata Flamenco Project with Cano, Leonor Leal and Antonio Campos

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