Berdolé returns to Red Light Café to present a live Tablao Flamenco performance. In the spirit of back rooms and taverns of southern Spain, this showcase
Berdolé returns to Red Light Café to present a live Tablao Flamenco performance. In the spirit of back rooms and taverns of southern Spain, this showcase of flamenco is raw, unrehearsed, and fully improvised to create an electricity that audiences say sends chills through the air and brings tears to the eyes. It’s a night of live guitar, singing, and percussive dance featuring Cristian Puig (vocals / guitar), Emrah Kotan (percussion), Marilia Quevedo (dance), Erica Poole “La Eritaña” (dance) and Julie Moon (dance).
Cristian Puig is a flamenco guitarist, composer, and singer with Gypsy roots in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and a string of artistic successes in film, in the recording studio, and live on stage. He played the role of guitarist and singer “Joaquin” in the Alliance Theatre’s 2013 production of “Zorro”, and he has worked in films, such as “A Late Quartet”, for which he composed flamenco music for the soundtrack. He performs as a flamenco singer and guitarist across the United States of America and with his flamenco trio Puig-Sanchez-Moreno in his hometown of New York. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cristian Puig is the son of flamenco singer Gloria Monreal and Flamenco guitarist Pablo Puig. As a teenager, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla as well as flamenco guitar with his father. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bossa nova and contemporary music. In 1990 he formed and toured South America with his group Rabat, fusing jazz, bossa nova and flamenco. Cristian released the CD “Entre Cuerdas” featuring flamenco-jazz fusion, as well as another entitled “Inflam Project”, which crosses Indian and flamenco styles.
Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. After playing some of the most renowned venues in the world, such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York, Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in metro Atlanta. His unique musical ability transcends many genres and cultures. He is involved in various musical projects, including his own, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India Arie. His debut album, The New Anatolian Experience, is a collection of original compositions and arrangements that fuse world music and jazz, creating stylistically sophisticated vibes and a genuine model of personal artistic expression. Aside from performing, Emrah is an enthusiastic music educator who has conducted master classes and has taught many students over the years, some of which who have been awarded music scholarships by the colleges of their choice. Emrah teaches students of all ages privately and is the Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College.
Marilia Quevedo has enjoyed a career as a professional flamenco dancer, after training with the masters of the art form in Spain and across South America. In her home of Argentina and nearby Uruguay, she has performed for the past two decades in renowned flamenco tablaos and theaters, in major universities and at Instituto Ibero, dedicated to the arts of Spain in the Americas. She currently resides near Miami and performs regularly across the U.S.A.
Erica Poole “La Eritaña” is a flamenco dancer enamored by the deeply emotive, fiercely strong and openly passionate characteristics of performers in the art form. She strives in her practice of flamenco to discover and to develop her own personalized style. She has had the privilege of studying Flamenco through the years with some of the most important artists of our time, in Spain and the United States of America.
Flamenco dancer Julie Galle Baggenstoss “Julie Moon” has performed and choreographed with the Atlanta Opera, Georgia State University’s School of Music, The Latin American Association, Coves Darden P.R.E., and at universities and museums from the Southeast to the Midwest. She teaches flamenco for the dance program at Emory University, and is a is a former instructor of the Atlanta Ballet. Julie’s dance style reflects continuing education and years of classes with Spanish dance teachers. Off stage, Julie produces flamenco performances and educational seminars involving Spanish flamenco artists and is the Executive Director of the non-profit A Través, dedicated to flamenco arts in the state of Georgia. Julie is the co-founder of jaleolé, a grass-roots marketing organization that shaped Atlanta’s flamenco landscape for a decade.