Direct from Spain, Grammy-winning Gypsy singer Diego El Cigala headlines 6th Annual Bay Area Festival Flamenco
Oct 23, 2011 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
"Cigala has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything. When I listen to him, it warms my heart." - Paco De Lucia
"He radiates a magnetic mix of winking charm and unpredictable vitriol reminiscent of a singer from an entirely different milieu, Frank Sinatra." - The New York Times
Bay Area Flamenco presents the 6th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival featuring the West Coast Premier of Diego el Cigala, Grammy-winning Gypsy singer from Madrid noted as a pioneer in fusing flamenco with Latin American music forms such as the bolero, Afro-Caribbean jazz, and tango. His ability to blend different types of contemporary music with traditional flamenco has won him widespread popularity and numerous awards. He is best known for his 2003 release "Lágrimas Negras" - with Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés - which was hailed Album of the year by the New York Times, and received a Latin Grammy. His solo CD "Picasso en mis ojos" won another Latin Grammy in 2006 and featured collaborations with the legendary Paco de Lucía and with Latino jazz greats such as Jerry Gonzalez. His 2008 project "Dos Lagrimas" features giants of Cuban percussion Tata Guines and Changuito and establishes his ongoing collaboration with guitarist Diego del Morao, pianist Jaime Calabuch Jumitus, percussionist Sabú Porrina and Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia. This year the singer has been nominated for yet another Grammy for his latest album "Cigalo & Tango," released in 2010 and featuring guest artists from Argentina such as Andrés Calamaro, Néstor Marconi and Pablo Agri.
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