This program brings together three exceptional artists who have been prominent in breaking barriers in music, using elements of various genres in their innovative works. Dorantes, known as ‘the jewel of the flamenco piano,” gracefully combines classical, jazz, Celtic or Brazilian into his melodies, resulting in a rare avant-garde style that has earned him countless international awards and accolades. An extraordinary artist, he was born in Lebrija to a legendary flamenco family and has collaborated with many of flamenco’s leading figures, including Carmen Linares, Marina Heredia and Rocío Molina. Double bass phenomenon and multi- instrumentalist Adam Ben Ezra has brought the double bass out of the shadows to the dominant front-presence it deserves and pioneered a new style of playing. In his engaging performances, he incorporates jazz, Latin and Mediterranean music. Tim Ries, a master of tenor and soprano saxophones, has performed with a who’s who of jazz, world music, rock, and pop icons, including the Rolling Stones. In recent years he has collaborated with flamenco’s Sara Baras and Chano Dominguez, among others. The ensemble will have a very special guest: the dancer Jesús Carmona, who won the First Prize for Dance at the 52nd Festival of ‘Cante de las Minas de la Unión’ in 2012, was the ‘First Featured Dancer’ at the 20th Certamen of Flamenco and Spanish Dance in 2011, and the third prize for choreography at the Nou Barris competition in 2001, among others.
Adam Ben Ezra: double-bass
Tim Ries: sax
Jesús Carmona: Guest artist
With the collaboration of:
“Dorantes is passion and intelligence, freedom and versatility. Musical ideas came from him in a natural way, with no restriction but slowly in order, giving us a great, powerful and innovative result.”
Born in 1969 in Seville to a prestigious flamenco family boasting a long line of legendary performers, Dorantes absorbed the roots of flamenco at home. He also studied piano at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Seville from a very young age. Consequently, he has always searched for a synthesis of traditional flamenco, classical and avant-garde music.
Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider.
Adam Ben Ezra
Double-Bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and online sensation Adam Ben Ezra; a man seemingly on a mission to bring his instrument from its status as a background note to the dominant front-presence it deserves. For the past few years Adam has been pushing his craft in new, exciting directions and carving out a unique spot for himself in today’s international musical landscape, with both his virtuosity and musicianship earning him great success along the way.
Flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona was born in Barcelona, studied Spanish dance and flamenco, began his career as first dancer of the Ballet Nacional de España and worked in the companies of Carmen Cortés, Güito, Rafael Amargo, Canales, La Truco and Nuevo Ballet Español among others. After winning the Desplante prize for dance in La Unión in 2012, and debuting with his company “Cuna Negra” in the last Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, he has firmly found a place in the new generation of flamenco artists with a lot to say and a lot to dance.
“The rapacious way he strides across stage space is terrific, the fast-slicing percussiveness of his feet is brilliant, and the glamorously alert lines and shapes he made through-out the body were almost as radiant as his smiles.”
“The brilliant incisiveness of his footwork raised the evening’s tension”
The New York Times