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Flamenco Fiesta de Abril

Flamenco Fiesta de Abril at Teatro Paraguas 2016

Compañia Chuscales & Mina Fajardo

“Una Nota de Lorca”

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 at 8PM


Teatro Paraguas presents two evenings of flamenco music, dance and Spanish & English poetry inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Chuscales (Guitarist, Musical Director, Composer), a world-renowned guitarist of legendary technical and musical prowess, will be joined by fascinating group of flamenco artists, including Mina Fajardo (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer), Fernando Barros Lirola (Singer, Historian, Author), Argos MacCallum (Actor), Alejandro Valle Fajardo (Percussionist) and Group of Fiesta Flamenca (Monze Diaz, Amanda Crocker, Zoe Whittle, Xochitle Ehrl, Heather Miro, Charles Brunn). This year will be the 80th Anniversary of Garcia Lorca’s death. Chuscales and Fernando Lirola, they both grew up in Lorca’s hometown Granada, Spain.



$20 General Admission

$15 Seniors & Students


3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, NM 87507



Chuscales - Guiatrist, Musical Director, Composer
Mina Fajardo - Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer
Fernando Lirola – Singer
Argos MacCallum - Actor
Alejandro Valle Fajardo - Percussionist, Cajon player
Group of Fiesta Flamenca 

Monze Diaz, Amanda Crocker, Zoe Whittle, Xochitle Ehrl, Heather Miro, Charles Brunn




Jose Valle “Chuscales” Guitarist, Musical Director, Composer
“Chuscales” was the name given to composer and virtuoso flamenco
guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo by his gypsy grandfather. Born in Antequera,
Spain, Chuscales grew up in a traditional gypsy family of professional
flamenco dancers and musicians who lived and performed in the famed gypsy
caves of the Sacromonte quarter in Granada, one of the legendary cradles
of flamenco. During the nightly shows in his grandmother’s cave, he
absorbed the rhythms of flamenco dancing and the nuances of flamenco
Chuscales recalls, “I wish you could have seen it . . . the families in
the caves and the singing and dancing. There might be seven, eight, maybe
nine caves, and there would be more singing and dancing on the streets
every day. It was unbelievable. . . . A lot of people don’t have my luck
. . . learning flamenco in a Gypsy family where the music is passed down
from tradition to tradition, from legend to legend. I thank God I was
around such great musicians all my life . . . This is where I learned
everything — the rhythm, the compas, the guitar. I am still learning
from those thousands of nights performing with my family, with my father,
my grandfather, and my friends.”
Chuscales began formal guitar lessons at age six under the instruction of
his uncle Joaquín Fajardo and Maestro Agustinillo, two prominent guitar
masters in the region. He began his performing career, however, as a
dancer, an experience that provided him a deep understanding of the
baile’s subtle nuances. Chusco explains . . . “I can understand and
follow dancers. I can see where they are going before they take their next
step. I know what a dancer is looking for, how much tension should be in
the music, the right rhythm, when to play strong or soft . . . so if a
dancer asks me for something, I know what they want.”
Throughout his distinguished career, Chuscales has accompanied such
Spanish flamenco luminaries as El Farruco, Mario Maya, El Guito, La
Singla, La Polaca, La Chunga, Pepa Coral, Juan Ogalla, Soledad Barrio,
Carmen Ledesma, Jose Merce, Jose Mendez, Manolo Cano, Serranito and Juan
“El Lebrijano.” He has toured with the dance companies of Mario Maya,
Jose Greco, Zorongo Flamenco, Carlota Santana, Maria Benitez, Juan Siddi
and a world tour as principal guitarist with Soledad Barrios’ Noche
Flamenca. He has been a featured performer at the Telluride Jazz Festival,
the Santa Fe Jazz & International Music Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl
World Music Festival, He has performed with the New Mexico Symphony
Orchestra and in his home town of Santa Fe, Chuscales has been principal
guitarist and musical director for Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco and Juan
Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe. Most recently he performed at the Tucson Flamenco
Festival and in May he will perform at the Houston Flamenco Festival.
Because of his profound understanding of flamenco musical traditions,
Chuscales has been much in demand as a teacher. He has taught at Santa Fe
College, Northern New Mexico College, the National Institute of
Flamenco, The Institute for Spanish Arts, Dartmouth University, the
University of New Mexico and the Minneapolis and Calgary Guitar Societies.
For his musical artistry Chuscales has received numerous award nominations
and honors: an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 1997 for
Composition/Arrangement and Direction and a nomination in 2011 in the
category of Music/Sound/Text. He was honored with Dora Mavor Moore Award
nominations from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts in 2010,
2009 and 2007 for Outstanding Sound Design and Composition. In 2009
Chuscales was chosen to perform for the Crown Prince and Princess of Spain
during the Santa Fe 400th Anniversary celebrations.
Film credits include the Spanish film Camelamos Naquerar (1976); original
theme music for the American documentary Gypsy Heart (1998); and the
documentary films El Payo (2010), Sobre Las Olas (2013) and Españoles Por
El Mundo Nuevo Mexico (2013) <>   
Mina Fajardo - Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer
Mina Valle Fajardo, "Mina" has received extensive training in flamenco,
Escuela bolera, jazz, Tap and ballet. Mina has received flamenco training
from El Guito, Carmera Greco, Ciro, La Tati, La China, Alejandro Granados,
Yolanda Heredia, Isabel Bayon, Rafaela Carrasco, Pastora Galvan, Jose
Maya, Ursula Lopez, Adela Campallo, Rafael Campallo, Concha Vargas, Eva La
Yerbabuena, Farruquito, La Lupi, Andres Marin, Joaquin Ruiz and Keiko
She has taught in the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts, Northern
New Mexico University, Santa Fe Community College, Eva Encinias
Sandoval’s National Institute of Flamenco, Nava Elementary School,
Sweeney Elementary School, The New Mexico Academy of International School,
Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Danceworks, Moving Arts Española, Maria
Vazquez Flamenco Denver, The Spanish Institute of Dance in Houston, Texas,
and Fazil Dance Studio & Japanese Chamber of Commerce in New York City.
Fajardo has performed in Japan, New York City, San Francisco, Boston,
Denver, Houston, Maryland and Albuquerque and has made several appearances
on television in Manhattan, New Mexico, Japan & Spain. In Santa Fe, She
has performed at the Santa Fe Opera and in the Santa Fe Jazz and
International Music Festival at the Lensic Theatre.
She has performed with many artists including Elena Andujar, El Pripi,
La Tibu, Chuscales, YiYi, Silverio Heredia, Tequila de Jerez, Omayra Amaya,
Jose Cortes, Manuel Gutierrez, Kina Mendez, Juan Siddi and Keiko Isshiki.
She choreographed and performed in many productions including “Gypsy Book” (Santa Fe, 2015) "Flamenco Masters" (Denver, CO 2015), "Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival 2015" (Houston, TX 2015), “Flamenco X3” (2015), "Gypsy Passion"(2014),
"Flamenco Fiesta!" (2015, 2014 & 2013), "Forever in My Heart" (Santa Fe, 2013 ),
"My Gypsy Soul" (Santa Fe, 2012), "Chuscales at Old Main, Boulder" (CO,
2011), "Chuscales y Mina Fajardo con Las Tres Mujeres" (Las Vegas. NM,
2010), "Chuscales Live at MIT" (Boston, 2009), Telluride Jazz Festival
(Telluride, 2008), "Chuscales at Tubac" (Tubac, AZ, 2007), "Soul del Arte
Tradiciones e Innovaciones" (San Francisco, 2005), "Ainadamar, Landscapes
and Impression" Santa Fe Opera (2005), "A Night of Flamenco Magic”
Lakewood Cultural Center (Denver, CO, 2005), "Santa Fe Jazz and
International Music Festival" (2004 & 2001), The John E. Morlow Guitar
Series “ Flamenco Night” (Chevy Chase, MD, 2004), SJC Multicultural
Arts Series “Flamenco” (San Juan Capistrano, CA, 2003).
She appeared in films "Flamenco Passion & Soul" (1999), "El Payo" (2010),
"Españoles en el mundo - Nuevo Mexico" (2013).
She currently teaches flamenco dance classes at Santa Fe Community
College, Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Danceworks & Moving Arts
Española and performs with Chuscales, Juan Siddi & Kina Mendez at Local
Tablao & Theater in Santa Fe, NM.
Fernando Barros Lirola - Singer
Fernando Barros Lirola was born in Motril (Granada) Spain in 1952 and
focused his studies on geology at the University of Granada. Since 1980 he
has performed in concerts and at Andalusian flamenco festivals around the
world. He is a singer (cantaor), composer, writer and innovator
specializing in flamenco music, with emphasis on bringing voice to the
poets and writers of Spain, notably Federico Garcia Lorca, Antonio
Machado, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Miguel Hernandez and Miguel de Cervantes.
Additionally, he specializes in interpreting the texts of several
anonymous medieval poets.
Fernando is the author, with Sandra González, of the theatrical text,
“Que venga, que venga flamenco!” His book, “Flamenco en las
Aulas”, will be used in a college course on flamenco in the fall of
2015. He is writing a second book, “Why Flamenco?” Both books will be
available in Spanish and English, and his contributions to various
periodicals is extensive.
As an invited member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO,
Fernando is an active participant in the preservation of dance around the
world. He attended the First International Congress of the Andalusian
Institute of Flamenco and was the Director of the first international
meetings of Motril Flamenco (2013). At the initial meeting of
International Meeting of Folk Music Analysis, he participated in
“Experience in Teaching Flamenco”, as well as courses in “Flamenco
in the Classroom.” He has a solid body of work available on social media
While in New Mexico as an artist in residence in 2014, Fernando led
workshops at elementary and secondary schools in Santa Fe, conducted
master classes in Denver and Boulder, CO, and at the University of New
Mexico in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He performed in venues
In Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and Boulder.
Fernando is on the leading edge of integrating the tradition of flamenco
with his unique understanding of its cadences and rhythms, as well as the
“melody” inherent in the poetry of his countrymen. His innovations
include use of the voice as an instrument of positive expression, in
combining traditional melodies with harmonies unique to the flavors and
textures of the verses, and in engaging the audience in the meaning of
expressive emotions.
Fernando’s work can be viewed on various social media sites. He is
available to conduct classes, design curriculum, perform, and participate
in panel discussions on the fascinating history of flamenco as it has
evolved over the centuries.

Alejandro Valle - Percussionist

Alejandro Valle is a son of Chuscales and Mina Fajardo. He played the cajon for Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain at the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, NM in 2009. He acted for "Seal Team Six". (TV, 2012). He played the cajon in many productions including “Gypsy Book” (2015), “Flamenco X 3” (2015), “ Gypsy Passion” (2014), "Forever in My Heart" (2013), "My Gypsy Soul at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe" (2012), "Maria Benitez, Next Generation" (2011, 2010, 2009) "The Celebration of City’s 400th Anniversary at Fort Marcy, Santa Fe, NM" (2009), "Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe at Lensic” (2015,2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009).

Argos MacCallum - Actor
Argos MacCallum has worked with various theatre companies in Santa Fe since 1970 as an actor, director, and technical director.  He is a founding member of Teatro Paraguas, and currently serves as Executive Director for the company.  He recently directed Our Lady of Mariposas at Teatro Paraguas, and performed in the productions of Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, Yemaya's Belly, and A Musical Piñata for Christmas.  His film credits include Appaloosa, Everything Must Go, Breaking Bad, and Night Shift.  His love of Lorca's poetry began at an early age.
He performed in Teatro Paraguas' original production of Machado y Lorca, and performed the role of The Moon in Bodas de Sangre at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Photo by Richard Malcolm (Mina Fajardo’s photo) & Alan Ackoff (Chuscales’ photo)