9th Year for Smash Hit Flamenco Series
After months of successful concerts at the 300-seat Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed Forever Flamenco! series is back home for one night only at the intimate Fountain. On May 27, Forever Flamenco! presents Quien Yo Soy (“Who I Am”), a special evening of Gypsy flamenco from the Arte y Pureza flamenco company with dancer Cihtli Ocampo; percussionist Joey Heredia; flutist/sax player Katisse Buckingham; vocalists Maxayn Lewis and Oscar Valero; and guitarist/artistic director Ethan Margolis. Forever Flamenco is produced by Deborah Lawlor, who created the esteemed Flamenco program at the Fountain more than 20 years ago and has established it as the foremost venue of Flamenco in Los Angeles.
CIHTLI OCAMPO was born in San Diego, CA. She went to Spain on a William J. Fulbright Scholarship for Flamenco and Spanish Dance in 1999 and in 2000 she relocated to Seville to train exclusively with the Farruco family. In 2004, Ms. Ocampo began performing with them debuting in Farruquitos production of Alma Vieja. Cihtli has also performed as a soloist with Farruca and Farruco chico in Familia Farruco. She was a featured dancer in Tony Gatlif’s film Exils, which won best director at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In October of 2004 Ms. Ocampo shared billing in Paris with La Macanita and Diego del Morao in Exils the performance. Ms. Ocampo has performed extensively throughout Spain in such venues as the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao, and Los Gallos in Seville. After seeing Cihtli perform, Carmen Amaya’s biographer, Mario Bois wrote: “…this girl is truly exceptional… she danced with a man’s suit and I was reminded of Carmen Amaya. She is strong and astounding, something you do not see every day.”
ETHAN MARGOLIS was born in California and comes from an entire family of musicians. Since his arrival in Seville in the year 2000, Margolis has made a name for himself in an intimate world of legendary artists, as he studied and worked with his maestro, Antonio Moya, the famed guitarist from Utrera. Ethan has accompanied many of Spains maestro Gypsy singers including Miguel Funi, Ins Bacn, Curro Fernndez, El Lebrijano and Manuel de Paula. He recently produced and played guitar on Miguel Funi’s cd Aires Gitanos. Today, Margolis is one of the few young guitarists who view it as their obligation to study, understand and defend the roots of “cante gitano andaluz” within flamenco. Ethan’s accompaniment on the guitar is characterized by an extraordinary awareness of the details within Gypsy singing. His musical background has given him a sensitivity towards music that applies to his playing and his teaching.
With only 80 seats in four rows is the perfect place to view flamenco. Don’t miss this rare treat to experience world-class flamenco just a few feet away from your seat at the intimate Fountain!