REVIEW: Friday night's show was reviewed in flamencobuzz.

NEWS: Article on TABLAO FLAMENCO in the Cambridge Chronicle

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, to Brendan, Jane, Jeff, and John the technical crew, to Zarmik and Sabrina for photos and video, to Mitra for airport transport, and to the artists for making this a great success!

Lauren O'Donnell, producer, dancer

LAUREN O'DONNELL began studying flamenco in 2002 when she was overwhelmed (in a good way) by a workshop with Omayra Amaya. She then spent many weekends in New York studying with Omayra and several summers in Sevilla, Spain. Despite (or more likely because of) all the flamenco dancing, she finished her Ph.D. at MIT in 2006. More recently she lived in Sevilla, Spain during 2008 where she took classes with Alicia Marquez and Isabel Bayon. In Boston Lauren has performed regularly at Bar Lola since 2006, and in 2009 she began teaching flamenco dance classes. She also does research in computerized analysis of medical images, lately developing methods for comparison of brain connections across hemispheres. TABLAO FLAMENCO is her first theater production. Her dance website is
Ricardo Diaz, guitarist

RICARDO DIAZ discovered the art of flamenco in San Francisco, CA where he began his studies with guitarrist Jorge Liceaga. At the advice of his teacher Mr. Liceaga, Ricardo started traveling to Spain where he studied with "El Entri","Canito",Jose Luis Rodrigues, David Cerraduela and El "Viejin". Ricardo would soon begin working in the San Francisco Bay Area "Tablaos" accompanying many Bay Area Flamenco artists. Soon after, Ricardo would start traveling the U.S. and Europe working with singer Cristo Cortes and Flamenco Sur, performing in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Marseille and Paris. Ricardo continued touring in China with a San Francisco group led by guitarist Roberto Aguilar. Later he would appear on Shaw TV, CBC, Fox TV, NBC and TF1 in France, the US and Canada. Also interviewed in Argentina with Flamenco magazine "Contratiempo" and web sites such as SF Flamenco and Luna del Olivar as well as the SF Chronicle. Ricardo has continued working in different Flamenco Companies Teatro Flamenco of San Francisco, Caterina Costa en Rome, "Yjastros" in Alburquerque, NM. Ricardo has performed in Seville, Spain in Pena Torres Macarena and El Chozas and Cerro del Aguila also in several Festivals around the world . Ricardo has perform with world renown Flamenco artist such as La Tania, Alejandro Granados, Jose Anillo, Juan Requena, Pastora Galvan, Canito, Rafael Amargo, David Lagos and Andres Marin.

Vicente Griego "El Cartucho", singer

VICENTE GRIEGO "EL CARTUCHO" from Embudo, New Mexico has devoted his life to the study of cante flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada and Latin America with the José Greco II Flamenco Dance Company where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer, Alfonso "Veneno" of Madrid, Spain. He also remains a pupil of acclaimed Granaino guitarist Chuscales with whom he performs weekly both locally and nationally.

"Vicente Griego 'El Cartucho' is striking for his deep sonorous wails that seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul..." -Anna Poplawska, Chicago Artist's News

Antonio Arrebola, special guest dancer

Born 1981 in Malaga, ANTONIO ARREBOLA starts to dance at age eight and receives instruction in Ballet and classical Spanish dance at the Conservatory of Malaga. At the same time, he begins studying Flamenco seriously with Susana Lupianez and Pepe Ruiz. In 2001 the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte de Flamenco in Seville offers him a full scholarship to continue his studies with Flamenco greats such as Manolo Soler, Javier Barón and Hiniesta Cortés.

One year later, Mario Maya selects him as a student at the Centro Escénico in Granada, where Antonio Arrebola studies with Alejandro Granados, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, Juan Andres Maya and Mario Maya himself. After successfully completing a year of studies in Granada, Antonio Arrebola is called back to the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte de Flamenco to teach as a substitute teacher for Rafael Campallo. Back in Seville, he deepens his studies with Pilar Ortega, Andres Peña and others.

Since the age of 15 Antonio Arrebola has been performing in many tablaos of Andalucia, like El Ricon del Tiriri and El Tano in Málaga, La Cueva, La Rocio, Los Tarantos and Palacio Andaluz in Granada, El Arenal, Casa de la Memoria and Casa Carmen in Seville. Antonio Arrebola has come to elate audiences in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Marroco, Canada, and Japan. Most prominently, he worked with Yoko Komatzubara, Ursula López and Rafael Cortés, with whom he opened up for Paco de Lucía at the Leverkusener Jazztage Festival in November 2006.

In Spain he danced at many festivals like the Festival de Castiblanco de los Arroyos and the Festival Flamenco de la Alameda de Hercules. The former he perfomed with Rosario Toledo and Chano Lobato. In 2007 he appeared at the Festivals Los Veranos del Corral in Granada and the Festival de Jerez, also with Mercedes Ruiz, Manuel Liñan and Belen Lopez at the Bienal de Málaga.

Antonios technique is exceptional. He combines his temper and power with sensuousness, subtlety and humor to arrive at a style all his own. He is one of the most promising young dancers in Spain today.