Flamenco sensation Savannah Fuentes will light up the Oregon Coast this Saturday, March 9, when she performs her latest show,”Luz,” at the Newport Visual Arts Center.
Fuentes will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer-percussionist-dancer Jose Moreno.
Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She has independently produced more than 300 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco Artists such as Jose Anillo, Saray Munoz, Jesus Montoya and Juanarito. She has studied with artists such as Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.
Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he is gaining international recognition as a soloist and composer. He has toured with Jose Greco and Maria Benitez, La Conja and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the late Lola Flores. A third generation Flamenco guitarist, Cortes uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.
The son of famous Flamenco dancer Estrella Morena and Flamenco singer Pepe de Málaga, Jose Moreno began his Flamenco career at an early age. His debut was at the famous Tablao Costa Vasca in Miami. Moreno continued his studies with the Great Manolete, Farruquito and Andres Marin and studied cajón percussion with Manuel Soler. Moreno has worked with distinguished artists such as Joaquin Ruiz, Omayra Amaya and Carmen Linares with the New World Symphony Orquestra at Lincoln Theater in Miami. In 2007, he performed with the internationally known Isabel Pantoja as a cajón percussionist, alongside Flamenco guitarist Jose de Luna.
Saturday’s performance will start at 8 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.
Tickets, $22 for general admission, $34 for VIP seating, $12 for students, and $8 for kids, are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.