is a unique and impassioned musical form that originated
in Andalusia, a region of southern Spain, and is the
result of the musical endeavors of a diverse group of
marginalized immigrants. Today, flamenco exists in traditional
styles and in modern, jazz and rock influenced forms
known by the all-encompassing term, neuvo flamenco.
Both styles are now being performed with renewed enthusiasm
in Spain and throughout the world.
and Rubina Carmona are flamenco artists who have dedicated
themselves to the Sevilla, or modern traditionalist
form of flamenco. Though originally from San Francisco,
they both now reside in Seattle, Washington. At the
age of twenty, Marcos began to study flamenco guitar
while his wife Rubina developed her skills as a flamenco
singer and dancer. Soon after, they traveled with their
daughter to Seville, Spain where they studied with Gypsies.
Following extended stays in Spain, the Carmonas performed
flamenco professionally in Hollywood and finally moved
to the Pacific Northwest in 1989. In 1996, Marcos and
Rubina created Flamenco Arts Northwest, a non-profit
arts organization for the promotion of the song, dance
and music of Andalusia.
Carmona Flamenco, Marcos and Rubina specialize in programs
of contemporary flamenco and were selected for the Jack
Straw Artist Support Program in the year 2000 to record
some of their material. One of the pieces they recorded
was an original composition commissioned by the Seattle
Arts Commission, Solearas De Triana. "Solearas"
means "loneliness" and is a lament, in this case specific
to the area of Triana, the Gypsy quarter of Seville.
Through the Artist Support Program, Marcos plans to
bring to completion the work he began on a previous
CD and to enhance his reputation as a soloist. He hopes
that the CD will provide him with more broadcast opportunities
and will serve as additional promotional tool.
can email Marcos and Rubina at firstname.lastname@example.org.