World Premiere of "Resonancias" by Jose Luis Rodriguez

Thursday May 8th – Friday May 9th, 8:30 p.m.

“When we die, we remain in the stories and legends, in dreams… and in art”

“In Resonancias, many emotions and images come together that first appeared after the death of my father and my arrival in the US. Many of those images were not of actual moments that I lived, but rather memories, stories and legends passed down in my family. With those “given” memories, my music has also been transformed, fed by my own artistic curiosity and a search for those sparks that for me are a reflection of my ancestors and the very essence of being human.”- JLRodriguez

In this new work, Flamenco is not just a traditional art, but rather a rich language that is filled with nuances and is used to create music without surnames. Rodriguez brings his compositional style and the use of electronic manipulations to create a space where tradition and experimentation delve into the innermost crevices of memory.

Resonancias is an interdisciplinary and multicultural work. It is a collaboration that includes images and staging Alexey Taran (Cuba) and Carla Forte (Venezuela), choreography by Niurca Marquez (USA), the accompaniment of Alex Jordan on second guitar (Cuba) and live electronic soundscapes created by Gustavo Matamoros (Venezuela).

The intention is to create a complete experience where the audience can enter a space of ancestral essence in which emotions and legends co-exist.

About Jose Luis Rodriguez
José Luis Rodríguez is among the most important guitarists of his generation. Considered the continuation of the school of Mario Escudero, his music is characterized by his capacity of interpretation and composition, which supports itself with impeccable technique. The strength of his right hand in particular is noteworthy making it sound like there is more than one guitar when he plays. Rodriguez is best known for a style that is intimate and expands beyond the limits of flamenco.

Having studied in his native Spain under Mario Escudero, Jose Luis Rodriguez recorded his first album “Andalusí” (1986) for the Organization of American States (OAS) and toured the US in a show by the same name. After being named a finalist for the Giraldillo in 1990, he composed music for Cristina Hoyos’ prestigious Flamenco dance company Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía for nine years, after which he returned to his solo career as a concert guitarist and created his work “De mis Manos.”

In 2007, after composing the music for Belén Maya’s “Dibujos” and “Souvenir,” he composed a new work entitled “Alfonsina, la mujer del mar,” with the Cuban singer Gema Corredera, described by critics and the US press as “flamenco-filin.”

In 2011 he relocated to the US, where he debuted “Intimate Spaces,” a new work that pushed the boundaries of flamenco as we know it. This “Nu” flamenco is characterized by a technical rigor that is not subjected to form, but rather driven by the conceptual framework of the topics and themes that transform the space and offer audiences an experience that goes beyond a musical concert.

In 2012 he presented “Of Essence & Time” in collaboration with Susana Behar (voice) and Niurca Marquez (dance and choreography), in which he integrated elements of traditional Sephardic music, Andalusian popular songs and flamenco. He has since created “Entre Mundos” and “Flamenco Intimo” for choreographer Siudy Garrido and producer Pablo Croce, and”45th Anniversary” and “Con nombres y apellidos” for Flamenco Theatre Carola Zertuche. Rodriguez has also toured with world renowned recording artist Concha Buika.

Among the most notable of his numerous recording collaborations and solo works are “10X1” (Grammy Flamenco 2011 finalist) and “flamenco abstractions” alongside electronic musician David Font.

Nu Flamenco Collaborative, Inc. is a new organization bursting onto the Miami cultural scene. The collaborative is an initiative of individual artists Jose Luis Rodriguez and Niurca Marquez geared at bringing new voices in traditional, contemporary, and experimental flamenco to Miami audiences. Understanding that flamenco has evolved beyond the stereotypes surrounding it, it is the goal of the organization to expose US audiences to emerging voices in flamenco. With each work, it has been their goal to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco further away from convention to bring a new design and execution to the concerts. They have developed an aesthetic defined by reinterpreting traditional Flamenco elements, making the work more accessible and relevant to a contemporary audience.

FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures, with a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.

This concert is made possible with support from the Knight Arts Foundation, and presented as part of FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage: Knight New Works series, dedicated to the presentation of original new works by Miami-based artists.

Project and organizational support for Resonancias by Jose Luis Rodriguez comes in part from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, Glassworks Multimedia, Barefoot Wine, Romaldesign, Miami Art Guide and El Nuevo Herald.

Where:     On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium
2901 W Flagler St. Miami, FL 33135

Admission:     $25 General Admission, $20 students (under 18) and seniors (over 65), with I.D. Purchase through Ticketmaster at and by phone (800) 745-3000 (service charges apply), or in-person (no service charges) at the Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage day of show starting at 10:00 a.m. and in advance at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. Group rates are available by calling (305) 316 6165 or (786) 343-1422.

FUNDarte at Miami Dade County Auditorium
2901 W Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.547.5414

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