FLAMENCO SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

Flamenco School Assembly: History, Music and Dance from Spain

Diego Alonso's Flamenco Music & Dance School Assembly Program is an interactive, performance-lecture on flamenco history, music and dance for elementary schools, high schools, and universities in Miami, Chicago, and throughout the U.S. In collaboration with guitarist Carlo Basile (Guitars of Spain), Diego's flamenco ensemble features world-class local and international flamenco guitarists, flamenco dancers, flamenco singers, and percussionists who are dedicated to multicultural music performance and education. We have given over 500 hundred flamenco lectures, workshops, clinics, and master classes in schools nationally and internationally for over 20 years.

Flamenco School Assembly Program

  • 45-60 minute lecture-style performance.

  • Bilingual presentation (Spanish-English).

  • Audience Participation.
     

Cultures/Topics

  • Flamenco: Music, Dance & History (Country: Spain) + Cuban Music Influence

  • Traditional and contemporary flamenco.

  • Flamenco guitar, vocals, flamenco dance, percussion, flamenco history, & Cuban Tres.

  • Intersectional Topics (upon request): Flamenco & Cuban 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 School Assembly Ensembles

  • Flamenco Guitar, Dance, & Voice 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.

Audiences

  • Elementary schools (K-8).

  • High Schools (9-12).

  • Universities (assemblies, workshops, lectures, and master classes).

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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.

  • Lead musician arrives 30-60 minutes prior to start-time.

  • Lead musician works closely with your program coordinator and sound engineer.​

Diego Alonso (guitar, vocals, percussion, & Cuban tres) has been performing internationally for 18 years. 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 a multitude of master classes and workshops with master guitarists such as Flavio Rodrigues, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Juan Carmona (flamenco), Denis Azabagic (classical), David Bloom (jazz), John Moulder (jazz), and studied classical guitar for 4 years (Loyola U Chicago). Diego is currently (2019-2020) pursuing his Masters Degree in Flamenco pedagogy and musicology ("Flamencología") at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain).​​​​

Carlo Basile (guitar) has a Masters Degree in classical guitar performance from NEIU under  Anne Waller (Northwestern University). Basile also travelled to Spain a number of times to study flamenco and to perform in Andalusia. He has studied with guitarists Luis Ruiz, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Flavio Rodriguez. Additionally, Basile has visited over 35 countries to perform, teach, and study ethnic music. In 2019, Basile toured with the Surabhi Ensemble to multiple cities in Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, and Senegal to performed in schools, clubs, concert halls, universities, and government cultural centers resulting in excellent reviews and invitations for future performances. 

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"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) Chicago, IL

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Diego Alonso | Music
Guitarist, Composer, Guitar Teacher, Lecturer
Flamenco Latin Classical & Jazz Inspired Music