The Lamont World Music Concert and Lecture Series is an exciting new series designed in conjunction with the Lamont Expanding Horizons Initiative to bring renowned performers and ethnomusicologists from around the world to DU and the greater Denver community. Our mission is to bring greater understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and performing arts.
We hope you enjoy these events!
March 28, 2014
A Concert of Flamenco Music & Dance featuring Meagan Chandler, Maria Vasquez, Joaquin Gallegos, and Carlos Montufar
• 2:30-3:30pm Gates Hall, Free
Meagan Chandler is a performance artist, expressive arts educator, and Flamenco singer. Meagan’s pursuits in music, movement, and service to community have taken her around the world. Her studies and experience include Estill Voice Training™, Jazz and western musical styles, various ethnic music and dance forms, and a specialty in Spanish Flamenco. She studied Flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain where she absorbed the "Aire Flamenco" that makes the form authentic. Meagan has toured nationally singing Flamenco with such groups as Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Maria Benitez’ Next Generation, and the CBJ Flamenco ensemble. Meagan has extensive experience teaching Flamenco arts education programs with Carlota Santana’s Project Olé based in North Carolina. She released her first original album, “Sensual” in 2013, and her voice can be found on many other collaborative efforts. She is currently a professional performer, original songwriter, and recording artist, and offers therapeutic and creative voice sessions to youth and adults across the United States.
A native of Sevilla, Spain, María Vázquez has been dancing Flamenco her entire life. María has been teaching and performing Flamenco Dance since 1994. She danced with the company Ciudad de Sevilla for two years and toured throughout Europe with that company. She continued performing with other independent Flamenco groups in Sevilla until 2002, when she moved to Denver.
Now, María teaches in Colorado where she started the Flamenco Denver Dance Studio educating students of all ages and has formed the performance group, María Vázquez Flamenco Denver. Flamenco Denver has become an importantant part of the Denver Community participating in numerous events. Also Maria Vazquez has bring Flamenco to the schools, Colleges and Universities around the area through performances and workshops.
María began formal dance training with José Galvan. She studied Spanish Dance under Caracolillo until she was 13 years old, and then began her studies at the Conservatory of Dance in Sevilla, where she finished her degree in Spanish Dance. She completed her Dance Certificate as an independent student in the school of Carmen Montiel, a recipient of the Premio Nacional de Flamenco. At the same time, she studied with other professionals of this art form.
Joaquin Gallegos was born on July 25th, 1978 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He comes from a family of artists and musicians, starting music studies at age 7 and playing the guitar at 9 years old. Joaquin has made Andalucia his second home having spent several years living, studying and performing there and in the United States as well as in Latin America. He lived among gypsy clans in Sacromonte, Granada, learning the art of accompanying cante and baile. Some of Joaquin's most important maestros have been Chuscales, Manolo Sanlucar, El Viejin, Emilio Maya and Anton Jimenez. Joaquin won 1st prize at the 2002 EXPO Flamenco Competition at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque and was a finalist at the 2007 II Concurso Internacional "Nino Ricardo" de Murcia. His first album, 'La Jornada', was released in 2005 and Joaquin has recorded on many artists' albums and toured with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and as a solo artist. His fluid technical expression, deep rythmic sensibility and prolific composing abilities have made Joaquin a sought after guitarist for solo performances, accompaniment for dancers such as Antonio Hidalgo, Jose Carmona "El Rapico", Lakshmi Basile and as composer of soundtracks for films.
Carlos Leonel-Juan Montufar began dancing flamenco in 2002 with Laura Moya in Glendale, Arizona, later venturing into Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola. In June of 2007, he decided to move to Albuquerque, NM to be under the direction of Joaquin Encinias at the National Institute of Flamenco and completed his two-year apprenticeship performing with Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, one of the largest companies in the U.S. While in New Mexico, Carlos had the opportunity to study with artists such as Raphael Campallo, Manuel Liñan and Antonio Canales. He then left Albuquerque to be a guest artist for CHARO Entertainment at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Carlos currently lives in Phoenix, AZ where he aspires to continue his dancing career, both performing and collaborating with Flamenco Por La Vida, a featured talent in Scandalesque Productions and touring with director Carlota Santana of Flamenco Vivo in North Carolina and New York. Outside of flamenco, Carlos works for the Madison School District in Phoenix, AZ, assisting students with visual impairments.
April 15, 2014
Zolotoy Plios, Russian Folk Trio
• 7:30pm Hamilton Hall, $10
May 2, 2014
Sands Around Infinity, Indian/Western classical fusion
• 2:30-3:30pm Gates Hall, Free
May 30, 2014
DU North Indian Classical Ensemble with guest artist Steve Oda, sarod
• 7:30pm Hamilton Hall, Free
All events are held at the University of Denver's Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80208
Sincere appreciation to donors to ethnomusicology at DU and to the DU Phipps Performing Arts Match Fund for generous support of these events.
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