Flamenco History, Music & Dance Performance Lectures

Diego Alonso (guitar, vocals, and percussion) has been performing internationally for 18 years. In 2012 he graduated with highest honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain where he studied and performed for 3 years with some of flamenco's most respected master educators and performers. In addition to his studies in flamenco music, Diego has taken master classes with Flavio Rodrigues, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Juan Carmona (flamenco), Denis Azabagic (classical), David Bloom (jazz), John Moulder (jazz), and studied classical guitar for 3 years (Loyola U Chicago). Diego is currently (2019-2020) pursuing his Masters Degree in Flamenco pedagogy and musicology ("Flamencology") at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain).​​​​

Diego Alonso has given over 300 hundred lectures and lecture-recitals on flamenco history, music and dance internationally for over 17 years. He has been a guest lecturer in high schools, music schools, and universities such as ISA (Sevilla, Spain), University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Stevenson Academy High School, and many others. Diego collaborates with world-class local and international flamenco guitarists, flamenco dancers, flamenco singers, and percussionist to offer complete lecture-recitals on Flamenco.

In addition to lecturing on flamenco, Diego also offers workshops, clinics, and master classes focused on flamenco solo guitar, flamenco dance and singing accompaniment, flamenco harmony and rhythms, flamenco forms and structures, and flamenco guitar technique and musical expression for both flamenco and non-flamenco musicians.  


Workshops, Clinics, and Master Classes

  • 50-60 minutes for large and small groups.

  • Emphasis on effective practice strategies, musical expression, technique, dynamics, tone, texture, performance strategies, and ensemble skills.

  • Intimate recital-style mini-performances of original and standard repertoire.


  • 50-60 minute lecture on Flamenco History, Evolution, Music, & Dance.

  • Lectures can be directed to students of musicology, ethnomusicology, guitar, percussion, voice, dance, jazz, gender studies, folklore, world-music, and general music.

  • Intersectional Topics (optional): Flamenco & Latin American Music, Cultural Significance, Flamenco + Sociology, Traditional and Contemporary Flamenco Harmony, Flamenco + Gender Studies, Flamenco + Race & Ethnicity Studies, Flamenco + Jazz, Flamenco + Classical Music, & Flamencology, Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Flamenco Performance-Lecture Ensembles

  • Flamenco Trio (1 guitarist, 1 guitarist/singer, and 1 flamenco dancer).

  • Flamenco Quartet (2 guitarists, 1 dancer, and either 1 singer or 1 percussionist).

  • Flamenco Quintet (2 guitarists, 1 dancer, 1 singer & 1 percussionist or 2nd flamenco dancer).

  • For larger and/or contemporary Flamenco Latin Jazz programs we also perform with additional percussionists, singers, violinists, bassists, brass players, and dancers.


  • High Schools

  • Universities

  • Music Schools


Technical Details

  • Setup: 20-45 minutes.

  • Takedown: 10-15 minutes.

  • Professional PA/Amplification, Cables, and Microphones provided by artists.

  • Small, wooden, dance floor ("tablao") provided upon request for ensemble performances.

"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous, patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. Diego has given me the key to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"

- Martin M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Guitar Performance) 

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