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Flamenco Fiesta de Abril--una Nota de Lorca

 * Teatro Paraguas and Companía Chuscales y Mina Fajardo present 
Flamenco Fiesta de Abril- una Nota de Lorca,  Friday and Saturday at  8:00 pm, tickets $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students, reservations 424-1601                                         
Teatro Paraguas & Companía Chuscales y Mina Fajardo present
 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 a 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 both grew up in Lorca’s hometown Granada, Spain.

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.