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From Classics to Flamenco

From Classics to Flamenco

Part of the international project Strings and Air (USA – Lithuania – Spain)
2017 December 22, Friday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
Performers
HERNAN ROMERO (guitar, vocal, percussion)
KĘSTUTIS VAIGINIS (saxophones)
CARMEN ESTEVEZ CALERO (vocal, percussion)
With the participation of METTIS String Quartet
Programme
From Classics to Flamenco

Compositions inspired by jazz, flamenco, classical and contemporary music 

A group of international musicians presents an impressive programme bringing together elements of jazz, flamenco as well as classical and contemporary music. Kęstutis Vaiginis, one of the most talented Lithuanian saxophonists, favours original compositions featuring the blend of modern jazz and academic music. He mainly works with international groups SiBuLi, Differences and his own quartet. Steve Wilson (New York), one of the most famous jazzmen, described Vaiginis’ CD Unexpected Choices: ”His vision is wide-ranging from the subtle to the provocative, rooted in an appreciation of tradition and yet looking forward.” A Grammy award-winning guitarist and vocalist Hernan Romero has already visited Lithuania several times captivating the audiences with his virtuoso technique, temperament and his personal warmth. Based in New York, the musician has collaborated with the legendary guitarists John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia and Al Di Meola. His musical voice embraces the most diverse musical vocabularies from flamenco and jazz to R&B and can be heard in both his solo recordings and projects with other musicians, including the celebrated Alicia Keys. 

Carmen Estevez Calero  is a percussionist, vocalist and studio musician from Badajoz (Spain). She grew up in a small town called Montijo . Influenced by her parents (Damaso Estevez a drummer dad and Carmen Calero a singer mom) she and her 3 sisters and brother studied music at the Conservatorio de Musica of Montijo where she learned clarinet since she was 8 years old.

At 18 she started performing and touring as a pop singer for the very successful band "Super 8" . Then she discovered her passion on drums and moved to the big city where she studied percussion at Escuela Superior de Musica Creativa (Madrid).

Since then she started performing, touring and recording as a percussionist and singer with plenty of artists as Sedyu, Rogerio Da Sousa, Henrik Takkenberg, Inma Serrano, Jose Luis Moran (Madridcaibo), Ron Jackson, Roman Filiu (Irakere) and best musical theater productions such as "Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar" (Nacho Cano).

Then, in 2008 she took the adventure to come to New York City and see what happens… she studied at The Collective School of Music where she became the staff percussionist and worked closely with Bob Quaranta and Kim Plainfield for more than 3 years.

She wouldn't ever think that the flamenco music would be the main part of her life in NYC for the next 5 years and still…  (she created her own flamenco/jazz trio Flamenkina, performed with "Flamenco Revolucion" with Maya de Silva & los Chavales del Barrio , Arturo “Espiritu Gitano” Martinez, The New York Gypsy Festival 2010 , Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana…) and recorded an album with Daniel Garcia for their own project "CaneliBeat", where the flamenco mixes with pop and electronic chill music.

 In the mean time she did a Broadway show and tour with the world known tap dancer Savion Glover for his show "Solo in Time" and has played as well with incredible musicians of the NYC scene as pianist Sean Wayland, famous DJ Joe Claussel, tap dancer Marshall Davis, jazz bass player Andy McCloud.

Since 2011 she is playing and touring with the virtuous guitar player and friend Hernan Romero (Grammy winner), and with the best flamenco artists in NYC  like  Ismael de la Rosa, Sonia Olla, Sean Kupisz, Kestutis Vaiginis and Auxi Fernandez.

Ticket prices
10, 15, 20, 30, 35 Eur
 
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