This month La Joaquina and Chris Clavo welcome back Adrián Brenes from a season at top Madrid tablao, Casa Patas. A dancer in demand. So see him while you can. Plus international master of flamenco song, Antonio el Pola. A sublime combination of ferociously talented youth and luxuriously seasoned artistry.
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Antonio el Pola
Known for his extensive knowledge of flamenco history, his musical ability and his dedication to the "pure" art form.From Cañada Rosal in Ecíja, his exposure to Flamenco started as a small child. By 10, El Pola was playing guitar and singing traditional flamenco cante.
Moving to Sevilla in 2001, he toured with Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, and Inéz Bacan and sang in La Carbonería (Sevilla), alongside Gaspar Utrera and Juan Castor.
He has also worked with Juana Amaya, Javier Cruz, Joselito Fernandez, Soraya Clavijo, Miguel "El Funi," Manuel de Anustias, José de la Buena, Guillermo Mansano, Maria Pena, Jesus de la Frasquita, brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor, Luis Peña, and Javier Heredia.
In the summer of 2003, he wrote and recorded "Tierra de Esperanza," accompanied by Antonio Moya on guitar. And was commissioned by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla to present his work throughout Andalucía, sharing the stage with Ines Bacan and Gaspar de Utrera.
Since then, he has toured Japan, Ecuador, Finland, and the United States, and worked frequently with Juan del Gastor in Sevilla; at Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo; and other top Madrid tablaos with artists such as Gabriel de la Tomasa, Carlos Jacoba and Antonio Sánchez
Born in the Province of Cadiz, Adrián has performed in many major peñas flamencas and other venues. In 2011 he collaborated with Milagros Ventura in 'Cositas Navideñas, 'De Ida y Vuelta, 'De Lunares' and 'Vivencias'. In 2012, Adrián made his debut as actor and director in the world's first flamenco production of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', working with Jackie Cornwall. Later that year, Adrián formed part of the chorus in a new production, '1812. Viva la Pepa' by the well-known pianist Manolo Carrasco, which enjoyed great success in Cádiz and Seville. We can expect to see a good deal more of this young performer in the future. Recently back from Casa Patas.
Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express, she has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe. ‘..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beats…tumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.’ - The Stage
A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen years old and later studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express as well as touring with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim.
"Two amazing guitar solos from Chris Clavo and Jesus Alvarez made string instruments sing with impossible precision. " - Staffordshire Post.
“This feisty company delivers the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina” Time Out
“What was surprising, however, was the sheer power and energy displayed by the dancers during this vibrant celebration of Spanish culture. Forget the sterile, regimented flamenco so often served up to tourists: this was the real thing, and to say that it packed a punch is an understatement” South Wales Evening Post