Who's Who
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PETER BASIL BOGDANOS (Percussionist) is a New York City-based multifaceted percussionist/drummer who has worked with major figures in flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, rock acts and everything in between. In the past 20 years, he has toured the United States, Japan and Europe with Grammy winning hip-hop group the Digable Planets, Motown artist Zhane, jazz great Bobby Previte’s Bitches Brew project, salsa legend Orlando Marin, groundbreaking Greek worldbeat act Annabouboula, as well as a stint with rock diva Ronnie Spector, just to name a few. In the flamenco sphere, Peter has performed with all of New York City’s major flamenco figures and companies as well as with visiting artists from Spain, such as Antonio Hidalgo, Alejandro Granados, Chuscales, and Raul Ortega, just to name a few. He has also had the pleasure of touring with Martin Santangelo and Soledad Barrio’s Noche Flamenco. His group, INFLAME, which blends north Indian classical music with flamenco, released its debut CD in 2014. Peter now lives and performs in the Hudson Valley.
JESUS HELMO CORTES (Dancer) was born in Cádiz, Spain, and began his formal dance training when he was 9 years old. He has received training from and has worked with numerous highly regarded flamenco bailaores from Cádiz, Jerez, and Sevilla. Jesús studied at the Conservatory of Dance of Cádiz with a concentration in Baile Flamenco, also venturing into other styles such as the Escuela Bolera, contemporary or stylized dance. A highlight of his professional career includes the National Award for Alegrías Dance of the Perla de Cádiz (2002) when he was only 18 years old. He has also won numerous awards and distinctions including being a 2019 finalist at the Flamenco Puro (“Pure Flamenco”) of Turín at the Jerez Festival and the 2019 silver medalist of the Aula de Flamencología from the city of Cádiz. Currently, he is part of Eduardo Guerrero’s dance company, with whom he completed a 2018 tour throughout the United States. His participation in Tablao Flamenco is in collaboration with Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
AMPARO HEREDIA (Singer) is the 2021 winner of the Lámpara Minera of the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas, one of the most prestigious flamenco singing competitions in the world. Known as “La Repompilla,” Amparo was born in Malaga in 1970, daughter of the mythical Rafaela “La Repompa” and the guitarist Luis Heredia. She started singing at the age of 16 in Miami under the tutelage of Juan de Alba. After performing in the most important tablaos of the United states, she returned to Spain and immediately began performing in the most important tablaos of Madrid, most notably Casa Patas. Amparo is highly sought after as a singer for flamenco dance companies and has shared the stage with practically all of the stars of flamenco, and she is also an accomplished protagonist in the field of singing “alante” as a recitalist. She is the recipient of many awards, including first prize for Peteneras in the Concurso de Cante Flamenco Niño del Museo de Adamuz de Córdoba and first prize in La Silla de Oro de Leganés in 2017. This is her fourth appearance with Tablao Flamenco.
JUANI DE LA ISLA (Guitar) is a much sought-after flamenco guitarist and composer born in San Fernando in Cádiz, Spain. He began his musical education studying with the great flamenco singer Rafael Romero and the celebrated flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar. During his career, he has toured internationally accompanying some of the finest flamenco artists of this century including Jose Mercé, Chato de la Isla, Juan Villar, Rancapino, Pansequito and Aguilar de Vejer; and dancers Javier Barón, Sara Baras and Manuela Carrasco. He has composed music for the flamenco dance company of Cristina Hoyos and for over a decade has been the musical director for the popular flamenco singer El Barrio. Juani de la Isla’s recording career includes participation on more than 300 albums with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists. In 2015, he released his first solo CD “Libertad En Mis Manos.” He is the founder and director of the musical group The Juani de la Isla Quartet featuring performers from Spain and Latin America. His participation in Tablao Flamenco is in collaboration with Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, NM.
MIGUEL ROSENDO (Singer) was born in Cádiz and and is considered one of the most popular and accomplished flamenco singers of his generation. He began his professional career in the some of the most revered peñas (or flamenco clubs) of Cádiz, such as La Peña La Perla, La Peña Juanito Villar, and La Peña Enrique El Mellizo. During his illustrious career, Miguel Rosendo has performed with some of Spain's most prestigious flamenco performers: Sara Baras, Cristina Hoyos, Manuela Carrasco, Soledad Barrio, Eduardo Guerrero, Javier Barón, Antonio El Pipa, Israel Galván, Pastora Galván, Andrés Peña, María Moreno, Juan Ogalla, El Junco, David Nieto, Javier Latorre, Mercedes Ruiz, Antonio Jiménez, Macarena Ramírez, among many others. Accompanying these artists with his rich, soulful voice, he has toured in Spain and throughout the world, including Japan, Israel, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, and Chile. Additionally, Miguel is a much sought after singer for tablaos, performing at the Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona and Corral de la Morería in Madrid. In 2021, he performed for "Alquel Tablao" at the Centro Municipal de Arte Flamenco La Merced (La Merced Municipal Flamenco Arts Center). He is a featured performer in the permanent exhibit of current noted flamenco artists in the Cadiz Central Market. His participation in Tablao Flamenco is in collaboration with Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, NM.
ELISABET TORRAS (Dancer) was born and raised in Barcelona where she studied and earned her B.A. in Flamenco and Danza Española from the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre of Barcelona and continued her studies later in Madrid. In 2009 Elisabet was invited as a guest artist for the Flamenco Festival “Viva España” in Moscow and the “Presidence Belge” Festival in Brussels. She toured Spain and China with flamenco pianist Manolo Carrasco's company, performed several seasons with Javier LaTorre’s Somorrostro Dansa Flamenca Company and Rojas & Rodriguez Company in Madrid in 2011. Now based in New York City, Elisabet is a frequent performer with a variety of projects in the tri-state area and beyond including with Latin Grammy Award winner Hernan Romero's ensemble, Noche Flamenca, A Palo Seco, Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. In 2019 Elisabet received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Career at Homenaje a la Prensa Internacional. This is her second appearance with Tablao Flamenco.
BRISEYDA ZARATE (Dancer) is an inspired and skilled flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Los Angeles. She grew up in a Mexican campesino household in Delano, California, surrounded by music – her father and uncles guitarists, her mother and grandmother singers. She began dancing and singing at age 5 and has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to flamenco, splitting her time between Spain and LA. Briseyda has performed in the Madrid tablaos of El Café de Chinitas, El Juglar, and the Peña Flamenca Los Cabales, sharing the stage with noted artists Juan Treviño, Leo Treviño, El Ciervo, Antonia la Pescailla, La Chungi, and Lo Habichuela, and in Sevilla with Carmen Ledesma, among others. Most recently she performed in La Fiesta de La Buleria in Jerez de La Frontera under the direction of Maria Bermudez, sharing the bill with La Farruca, Remedios Amaya and Esperanza Fernandez. Briseyda has been a featured soloist at numerous U.S. flamenco festivals as well as in performances in the John Anhson Ford Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl, The Fountain Theater, and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where she was also choreographer for LA Opera’s production of Carmen. She was awarded first place at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque “IV Concurso Nacional de Flamenco.” Briseyda is a long-standing member of the LA flamenco community and currently directs her own company, which inaugurated the first annual Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival and was presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2019. She produces a flamenco dance series in LA titled Noches de Tablao.
RHYTHM OF THE ARTS LLC (Producer) connects presenters with visceral performing arts experiences that audiences crave. The company was founded in 2005 by Peter Bogdanos as a boutique production and management company for culturally specific projects and performing artists. Under the leadership of Leah Keith, Rhythm of the Arts has recently expanded its scope as a booking agency, with a carefully curated roster of artists that responds to the current needs of presenters. We celebrate authentic storytelling, multidisciplinary projects, cross-cultural collaborations, and live music. We value the strong connections between artist and audience and take pride in creating experiences and lifting up voices that bring us together in community. www.rhythmofthearts.com
Tablao Flamenco was developed in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts.