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Flamenco in Concert
April 25, 2013   
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Eva Piñero Mesa, a rising star of the cante flamenco (flamenco song) genre, will give her first Polish performance in Warsaw May 21. Mesa was born in Marbella on the coast of Málaga, Spain, in 1980. The youngest in a family of seven children, she acquired her love for cante flamenco from her father, a respected cantaor, or flamenco singer. She graduated from the Fundación Cristina Heeren in Seville and was tutored by many of Spain’s best flamenco singers, including Calixto Sánchez, Arcangel, José de la Tomasa and Paco Taranto. Learning to sing flamenco songs, she was accompanied by guitarists such as Niño de Pura, Pedro Sierra and Paco Cortés.

When she was at the height of her career at the age of 25, Mesa decided to leave for London. There she focused on the most important tablaos, or places were flamenco shows are performed, and festivals in Britain, culminating in her acclaimed performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. She was also chosen to be the support act at the London premiere of the Volver movie by Pedro Almodovar. Her artistic curiosity and versatility brought her to work with diverse musicians, such as Alcazaba, a world music group fusing Indian, Arabic and Flamenco styles and led by Ramón Ruiz.

In 2011, Mesa decided to pursue a career as a soloist and in joint performances with dancers. She frequently goes on tours and makes recordings for television and radio stations in Spain’s Andalusia region. She has worked with different music ensembles in Europe, the United States and Australia, sharing the stage with other great flamenco performers such as Lole Montoya, Oscar de los Reyes and Irene la Sentío.

Mesa’s Warsaw concert promises to deliver a fusion of emotional dance, singing and flamenco music testifying to the rich artistic tradition of Andalusia. The singer’s original compositions and her masterly interpretation promises to be a treat for both flamenco connoisseurs and newcomers to this genre.

The Warsaw concert will feature accomplished Polish performers, including Ma³gorzata Wo³yñczyk, a professional flamenco dancer and instructor who has for years mastered her moves by taking lessons from flamenco artists in Seville. Mesa will be accompanied by Polish flamenco guitarist Jakub Wagner, who learned the genre in Seville from prominent flamenco guitarists such as Miguel Perez, Juan Campallo and Eduardo Rebollar. He continues to refine his accompaniment techniques working as an instructor at the Studio Flamenco dance school in Warsaw, the oldest flamenco school in Poland. Also joining Mesa on stage will be Tomasz Sk³odowski (guitar), Alicja Wo³yñczyk (sax), and Izabela Milewska (cajón).
May 21, 8:30 p.m.

Mazovia Culture and Art Center; 12 Elektoralna St., Warsaw
www.mckis.waw.pl; Tickets zl.45
More concerts are planned in Lublin, £ód¼ and Bydgoszcz;
for dates and ticket prices, go to www.flamencos.pl and www.facebook.com/flamencospl
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