Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunday Treat - FlamenJazz Jam at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

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Submitted by Al Kanovsky, 3/21/12

Sunday, I treated myself to a rare event. A performance at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center of FlamenJazz Jam.

It was presented by the Center and Siempre Flamenco. The venue a small intimate theater dubbed "The Black Box". A room done entirely in black, seating about 100. Chairs on low tiers along the sides and rear, with cocktail tables and chairs on the floor around the stage. Comfortable and appropriate to the performance itself. The musicians were Paco Fonta (Flamenco guitar and voice) Augustin Conti (bass) and unusual for flamenco, Richard Sprince on Vibraphone. The dancers were Celia Fonta and Paola Escobar. The music presented a flavorful flamenco tinged with JAZZ riffs. The dances were traditional flamenco with up to date dance club moves. Ms. Escobar's opening dance was powerful, exciting and sensual. Mrs. Fonta is an experienced artist and her performance exhibited her expertise. It was a truly enjoyable and unique afternoon. The Cultural Arts Center (I had never been before) is a beautiful venue that includes a 900 seat theater and studios for rehearsal and study. I took a moment to speak with a gracious young lady and gentleman, Stephanie Aponte (house manager) and Eric Fliss (General Manager). They took the time to tell me about the facility and some future programs which include Turtle Island Quartet (A Love Supreme-The Music of John Coltrane) and Abraham.In.Motion., The Radio Show
.  It will take no effort to return to this exciting venue. 

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