VIP ticket-holders are invited to join Antonio & Mara in an exclusive meet & greet before the concert at 7pm
ANTONIO REY is one of today’s most virtuosic flamenco guitarists. Antonio will be accompanied by renowned flamenco dancer and singer Mara Rey from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and other guests. Bay Area Flamenco is pleased to celebrate the release of his latest CD, Jerez sin Fronteras, hot off the presses! CDs will be available in the lobby.
Antonio Rey, guitar
Mara Rey, vocals & dance
Marlon Aldana: percussion
"Though his level of technical mastery mesmerized, it was his sheer musicality that that entranced the audience – a musicality that transcended his technique. [...] Carrying on the flamenco tradition with an eye towards the future, his compositions captured the essence of the form while incorporating other types of harmonic movement. Clearly having absorbed the works of flamenco masters Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez and others, Rey has distinctly cut his own niche. Although Rey did not study classical music per se, he has certainly absorbed a wide harmonic pallette that he utilizes in his compositions. In this regard he is carrying on the tradition of his recent predecessors: he respects the art of flamenco by reflecting their artistry while simultaneously incorporating other styles within the form and establishing an important new voice. And all the while, Rey’s relaxed demeanor and natural smile made the concert even more enjoyable." (The Hollywood Times, review of concert at Guitar Salon, Santa Monica, California, April, 2019)
Antonio Rey Navas was born in Madrid in 1981 and began his artistic career at the age of ten when he accompanied his father Tony Rey in various tablaos (flamenco venues) in Mexico. He was soon performing on international stages and winning prestigious awards for his incredible virtuosity, such as the Premio Nacional de Guitarra (also won by Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo), National Competition of the Art of Flamenco of Córdoba, Niño Ricardo National Competition of Flamenco Guitar, International Flamenco Guitar Competition of Jerez and others. He has performed with many of the most important flamenco artists, such as Farruquito, Manuela Carrasco, Diego El Cigala, Antonio Canales, Diego del Morao, Richard Bona, Estrella Morente, Joaquín Cortés, Miguel Poveda, among others. Rey has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world including Tokyo, Moscow and across Latin America, Europe and Iran.
VIP ticket-holders are invited to join Antonio & his group in an exclusive meet & greet before the concert at 7pm
ANTONIO LIZANA Bridging the worlds of flamenco and jazz with his original music, it’s difficult to distinguish between the sax player who sings flamenco and the flamenco singer who plays the saxophone. Like flamenco legend Camaron de la Isla -a major influence for Lizana-, he was born and bred in the San Fernando neighborhood of Cadiz, Spain. Lizana has a degree in jazz studies from the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco and has collaborated with many greats, including Chano Domínguez, Jorge Pardo, José Mercé, Raimundo Amador, Rancapino and Chambao. Among his many credits is a guest appearance on Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra project The Offense of the Drum, which won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album. He composes and arranges all of his music and also writes his own lyrics. He has created quite a buzz recently inside and outside of Spain, releasing three albums in the last 5 years, the last two --Oriente and Quimeras del Mar-- with Sony Music.