16 Jul Resonancias by Jose Luis Rodriguez
FUNDarte Inc. and South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center present Resonancias, a new work by flamenco guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center as part of the Center’s Cabaret Series. This concert is made possible with support from the Knight Arts Foundation, and presented as part of FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage: Knight New Works series, dedicated to the presentation of original new works by Miami-based artists.
Resonancias is an interdisciplinary and multicultural work. It is a collaboration that includes images and staging Alexey Taran (Cuba) and Carla Forte (Venezuela), choreography by Niurca Marquez (USA), the accompaniment of Alex Jordan on second guitar (Cuba) and live electronic soundscapes created by Gustavo Matamoros (Venezuela).
What: Resonancias by Jose Luis Rodriguez
When: Saturday July 19th at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday July 20th at 3:30pm
Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St, Miami, FL 33189)
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $5 discount for students (-18) and seniors (+65) with ID
Tickets: Purchase through www.smdcac.org and by phone (786) 573-5300.
Info: (786) 573-5300 / www.fundarte.us
José Luis Rodríguez is among the most important guitarists of his generation. Considered the continuation of the school of Mario Escudero, his music is characterized by his capacity of interpretation and composition, which supports itself with impeccable technique. The strength of his right hand in particular is noteworthy making it sound like there is more than one guitar when he plays. Rodriguez is best known for a style that is intimate and expands beyond the limits of flamenco.
Having studied in his native Spain under Mario Escudero, Jose Luis Rodriguez recorded his first album “Andalusí” (1986) for the Organization of American States (OAS) and toured the US in a show by the same name. After being named a finalist for the Giraldillo in 1990, he composed music for Cristina Hoyos’ prestigious Flamenco dance company Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía for nine years, after which he returned to his solo career as a concert guitarist and created his work “De mis Manos”. In 2011 he relocated to the US, where he debuted “Intimate Spaces,” a new work that pushed the boundaries of flamenco as we know it. This “Nu” flamenco is characterized by a technical rigor that is not subjected to form, but rather driven by the conceptual framework of the topics and themes that transform the space and offer audiences an experience that goes beyond a musical concert.
FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino arts and culture. FUNDarte particularly works to nurture emerging artists and those with little or no exposure to South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural and international exchanges; and provide local audiences and artists with educational opportunities that expand their creative, critical, and social perspectives.
Nu Flamenco Collaborative, Inc. is a new organization bursting onto the Miami cultural scene. The collaborative is an initiative of individual artists Jose Luis Rodriguez and Niurca Marquez geared at bringing new voices in traditional, contemporary, and experimental flamenco to Miami audiences. Understanding that flamenco has evolved beyond the stereotypes surrounding it, it is the goal of the organization to expose US audiences to emerging voices in flamenco. With each work, it has been their goal to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco further away from convention to bring a new design and execution to the concerts. They have developed an aesthetic defined by reinterpreting traditional Flamenco elements, making the work more accessible and relevant to a contemporary audience.