Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, brings her latest her show to the Oregon Coast this week, with performances in Manzanita and Newport on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10 and 11.
“Sky, Flamenco en vivo,” will see Fuentes joined on stage by singer-percussionist Diego Amador Jr. and guitarist Pedro Cortes.
Born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, Fuentes is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the Western states. She has studied with artists such as Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis. She continues to evolve as an innovator and performance artist.
Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Touring professionally since the age of 17, he has gained international recognition as a soloist and composer. He is artistic director of his own Flamenco group, and also musical director of Palo Seco.
From Seville, Diego Amador Jr. was born into flamenco royalty. His father is the celebrated flamenco pianist Diego Amador and his uncles are Rafael and Raimundo Amador (Pata Negra). From a very young age he began performing and touring with some of Spain’s top flamenco artists, including Remedios Amaya, La Susi, Lole Montoya, Farruquito and Joaquín Cortés. Known mainly as a percussionist, he also sings, plays guitar and piano and recently launched a solo project as a singer/songwriter, with the track “Y me siento tan bien.”
The Sunday, Nov. 10, show will be at Pine Grove Community Center, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, starting at 7:30 pm; while the Monday, Nov. 11 show will start at 7:30 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.
Tickets, $23 for general admission, $35 for VIP reserved seating, $15 for students and $9 for kids, are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
• The tour also features performances at the KALA Performance Space in Astoria on Saturday, Nov. 9; and the Dolphin Theater in Coos Bay Nov. 13