A Night in Andalusia
With a special guest dancer from Seville.
Dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” presents an unimaginable evening of Flamenco dance and music ¨A Night in Andalusia¨ at the Phoenix Theater on Sunday November 5. A very special guest dancer directly from Seville, Spain will be joined by singer Alfonso Cid (Seville & NYC) alongside guitarist Kris “El Cuervo” Hill (Phoenix AZ & Seville) as well as the local talents including Anda Flamenco Company and guitarist Trevor May.
Alfonso Cid (Flamenco singer, New York City & Seville, Spain)
Kris ¨El Cuervo”Hill (Flamenco guitarist, Phoenix, AZ & Seville, Spain)
Anda Flamenco Company (Minneapolis)
Sachiko “La Chayí” (Flamenco dancer, Minneapolis)
Trevor May (Flamenco guitarist, Minneapolis)
Special Guest Dancer
Carmen’s performance celebrates Sevilla’s legacy of female dancers such as Pastora Imperio and Matilde Coral as well as the grassroots pueblo-style dancers of Moron, Utrera and Lebrija. Her first teacher was Enrique el Cojo, one of the founders of Seville’s unique style of flamenco dance. And her maestro Pepe Ríos (from Morón de la Frontera, nephew of Diego del Gastor) was a major influence. She has worked with Antonio Gades in National Ballet of Spain. In 1983 she was awarded the prestigious Juana la Macarrona prize for dance at Cordoba’s National Flamenco Arts Awards. She later worked with such greats as Mario Maya and El Farruco and toured with guitarist Pedro Bacán’s legendary group “The Pinini Clan”. She regularly tours to cities in Spain, Japan, South America, and Europe. She is one of the most popular and sought teachers in Seville and around the world.
New York City & Seville, Spain
Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Sevilla, the heartland of flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of flamenco, were his earliest influences. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena in Seville. Alfonso enrolled at the Seville Conservatory in 1990 to study flute and music theory. He was awarded two scholarships to attend the intensive summer course at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art on July 2007 and 2008 in Sevilla. He had the honor of recording backing vocals in the song titled “Mi Santa” on the album Formula Vol. 1 by popular Latin artist Romeo Santos in which the great flamenco guitarist Tomatito was a featured guest artist. Alfonso has toured extensively throughout the USA, Latin America, Israel and Europe, and has just toured Spain last July and August of 2017 with his newest Jazz/Flamenco band, the New York Bojaira Project by pianist Jesús Hernández from Granada, Spain. He released his first CD titled “Flamenco de vuelta e ida” on 2006 with his own Flamenco fusion project Gazpacho Andalú and flamenco guitarist Arturo Martínez. He has also released an album with the Spanish Indie Rock project Dientes de Caramelo titled Pulpo (Octopus) in March of 2012 as well as three new singles throughout the summer of 2015.
Kris ¨El Cuervo" Hill
Phoenix, AZ & Seville, Spain
A graduate of Arizona State University, Kris ¨El Cuervo¨ Hill studied with renowned composer Daniel Lentz & performing artist Richard Lehrman developing his skills by composing for modern dance performances and accompanying ballet & modern dance classes on piano, guitar, and percussion at ASU for 10 years. He has spent the last five years studying flamenco guitar, singing, and dance in Sevilla, Spain with Juan del Gastor as well as performing in Andalucia, Spain with various artists and schools. He has worked and performed for the schools of Juana Amaya, Jose Galvan, Luis Peña, Juan Polvillo, y Flamencos por el Mundo. In 2014-2015 he had the honor of performing with el maestro José Galvan and his flamenco dance Company and performing at the Pena Torres Macarena for the Homenaje of Jose Galvan in January 2016. He has performed as principal guitarist with internationally renowned artists such as Jose Galvan, Javier Heredia, and Jose Mendez.
Kristofer currently performs and teaches internationally as an independent artist and works as a guitarist for flamenco dance companies such as Carlota Santana: Flamenco Vivo(NYC), Inspiracion Flamenca(PHX), Jose Galvan(Sevilla), and Flamenco por la Vida(PHX). Some of his recordings & compositions for dance have been performed at the Joyce Theater, NYU, Times Square, NYC, & at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Live Performance credits also include PHX symphony hall, L’Usine in Geneva, Museo del Barrio: NYC, Teatro Alameda Sevilla, and Woodstock(NY), as well as many other international venues. His music can also be heard in the Sony Pictures 2010 release of Universal Soldier III: Regeneration, available on DVD and on Netflix.
Anda Flamenco Company
Kristina de Sacramento founded Anda Flamenco Company and School in 2002 after spending more than a decade as a soloist with Rincón del Flamenco. Anda Flamenco is dedicated to presenting and preserving the strength and simplicity of traditional flamenco. To this end, company members travel to Spain as often as possible to study with the masters and see all the performances possible. Anda is passionate about sharing their love of flamenco – performing in cafes and theaters, on street corners and in grocery stores, and at festivals ranging from the Fringe to the Greenway Glow. Believing strongly in giving to the community, Anda often donates performances for fundraising and charity events. Anda Flamenco Company boasts two flamenco guitarists, a singer, and ten flamenco dancers. To read about all the members of our company, please go to www.andaflamenco.com and click on the company page for all their bios.
Sachiko "La Chayí"
A native of Osaka, Japan, Sachiko ” La Chayí” Nishiuchi is a Twin Cities-based Flamenco dancer, teacher, choreographer and organizer. Besides her work as an independent artist, her current projects include directing Twin Cities Flamenco Collective. She has received recognitions and grants from Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance, and New York State Flamenco Certamen. Sachiko is the recipient of a 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellowship, administered by the Cowles Center and funded by the McKnight Foundation. She was a resident artist of Zorongo Flamenco from 2003 to 2009. She lived and studied the art of Flamenco in Seville, Spain from 2010 to 2015 which became the foundation of her current dance and work.
Trevor May began his studies of flamenco in Seville, Spain. Studying at the “Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco” gave him a pure foundation of guitar accompaniment for flamenco singing and dance. For over 18 years he has been playing guitar as a professional around the Midwest, most notably with Zorongo Flamenco in the Twin Cities. He played as a principal guitarist in various flamenco theater productions including Deborah Elias Danza Española’s “Flamenco Pure & Strong”, “Las Flamencas”, and Anda Flamenco’s “Doña Quixote”. His passion has provided him the opportunity to play for many world-class flamenco artists such as the esteemed dancer Manolete. Mr. May now plays with a variety of artists in town to keep the tradition of flamenco alive for all audiences.