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Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina: De Cerca

Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina sign together a musical conversation, with deep flamenco echoes and their unique jazz swing, a natural dialogue blending different musical languages.

Guitar and double bass, flamenco and jazz, meet together to explore a repertoire conceived with refinement and love to detail. Gems of the Latin American songbook live together with the elegant compositions of Josemi Carmona, and with some astonishing discoveries in jazz and flamenco. Their live performance is delicate and powerful at equal parts: they are accomplices in this dialogue and dive into all genres with a deep knowledge and personality. They know how to respect the meaning of time in each music, they dominate improvisation and understand when it is necessary to pause for a rest in an exquisite nocturne melody. They speak elegantly about bitter truths, love stories, long nights of music, flamenco tangos and ‘muñequitas lindas’, and weep with a flamenco farruca with a bouquet to Piazzolla.
Josemi Carmona

Josemi Carmona is one of the fundamental figures in the recent history of Spanish music, flamenco, and guitar. A son of maestro Pepe Habichuela, Josemi is an heir to a crucial 4-generation legacy of decisive Granada artists. At 14 years of age he joined Ketama, one of the most influential and revolutionary bands in Spanish music, selling over 1 million of their 14 albums. Simultaneously, he closely collaborated with world-class artists such as Paco de Lucía, Alejandro Sanz and Jorge Pardo, and as producer for Niña Pastori and La Barbería del Sur.
Javier Colina

Javier Colina is one of the best double bass players of the current scene, a self-taught musician who started on his own after studying piano, accordion and guitar. An artist with an unquenchable curiosity, Colina has travelled –literally & artistically- to countless musical places and expressions, with a depth and knowledge seldom seen.
His career has led him to play with renowned jazz musicians such as George Cables, Tete Montoliú, Chucho Valdés, Jerry González, Perico Sambeat and Jorge Pardo.

José Manuel Ruiz Motos, better known as Bandolero, is one of the most recognized percussionists in the current flamenco scene. Born in Madrid in 1976, he began his musical career by accompanying some great flamenco artists such as Antonio Canales, Joaquín Grilo, Manuela Vargas, Merche Esmeralda and Sara Baras. Joaquín Cortés and his flamenco dance company gave him the chance to tour in the best international venues such as the Radio City Music Hall of New York, the Sydney Opera House or the Royal Albert Hall.

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Featuring the album ‘Quimeras del mar’.

WASHINGTON,DC—Antonio Lizana Trío presents at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain his latest álbum Quimeras del Mar’, where saxophonist Lizana travels through jazz, guided by his inspiration for flamenco music. Nine songs written by himself make up a new album with strong Cádiz roots, and an international work.

Since the release of De viento in 2012, Lizana has performed at countless jazz festivals, always offering a vibrant and intense show. Lizana began playing the saxophone when he was 10, at the San Fernando Conservatory in Cádiz, Spain, and had his first contact with jazz at several workshops on that music genre by Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Jim Snidero & Perico Sambeat. In 2011 he finished his Jazz studies at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, where he started his own project, Antonio Lizana Group.

He was rewarded with the Cádiz Joven Award in recognition of his impact as an artist; he has taken part in the Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra (Satierismos, 2011,) where he plays the saxophone, sings, and is in charge of arrangements. As a saxophone player, singer and arranger, he collaborated on the latest album by Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band, which is based in New York; this album won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album. Together with this Big Band he has shared the stage with Andy & Jerry González brothers, Dave Valentin, Papo Vázquez, Pablo Mayor, Cristina Pato, Ximo Tévar or Gregg Agust, among others.

“Everything about Antonio is impactful! His singing, his feel for the saxophone, his compositions, his band- and the best thing about his art is that it seems limitless…” - Jorge Pardo
“Since I met him he has left me speechless, from throwing in a few Camarón lyrics to letting the jazz melodies rip with his saxophone. With one look he’ll wrap you up in a chirigota. As he so humbly put: ‘I have a lot to learn’... and that, my friend, makes you even bigger still. [...] Antonio Lizana, my friend, you’re both Cádiz and New York!” - Lamari (Chambao)
The album Quimeras del mar, mixed and edited by Curro Ureba and Antonio Lizana Group, is instrumentalized by saxophone, percussion, bass, piano, drums, flamenco guitar and chorus. Songs such as Déjate sentir (Let yourself feel), Puerta de la luna (The Moon’s door),  Ilusión de volver (Illusion of returning), Seguirijazz o Me falta algo (Something’s missing) reaffirm the expert production.  
Since publishing De viento (2012), Lizana has appeared in numerous jazz festivals, always offering a live show that is more than just a concert- rather, a vibrant show full of intensity that travels from the solemn to the celebratory, from meditation to dance, and from Cádiz to New York.  
More info: https://www.antoniolizana.net/

Antonio Lizana Trío includes:
Antonio Lizana: saxophone and voice.
Adriano Lozano: guitar.

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Washington, DC – GALA Hispanic Theatre continues its 41st season with the U.S. premiere of the modern Mexican classic of Yo también hablo de la rosa/I Too Speak of the Rose by Emilio Carballido, directed by GALA Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano. Yo también hablo de la rosa is performed in Spanish with English surtitles from February 2 through February 26, 2017 at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The theater is one block from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green/Yellow lines. Discounted parking is available behind the theater at the Giant Food garage.

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