Don’t miss this one night only performance by José Luis de la Paz, Niurca Márquez, and the Ensemble featuring guitarist Alex Jordan and percussionist Adolfo Herrera in a rare Houston appearance. November 4 at MATCH – Midtown Arts Center.
The José Luis de la Paz “Ensemble” premiered in Spain in 2016, infusing the current flamenco landscape with vitality, virtuosity, passion and the highest musical quality. Unlike other flamenco fusion projects, the artists create a fresh and innovative sound through their diverse cultural and musical backgrounds that remains distinctively personal.
José Luis de la Paz is one of the most important Spanish flamenco guitarists of his generation. He studied under the world-famous flamenco master, Mario Escudero and in 1995 was named one of the 20 best guitarists in Spain. In 2011 he relocated to the United States, where he premiered “Intimate Spaces,” a new work that pushed the boundaries of flamenco as we know it.
Jose Luis has performed live throughout Europe and Japan, and was the musical director for the Ballet Cristina Hoyos for ten years. He has accompanied numerous Flamenco legends such as Carmen Linares, Jose Mercé, Arcángel, El Pele, Argentina, Manolo Marin, Pastora Galván, Isabel Bayón, Antonio Canales and Farruquito. In 2016 he was nominated for the US Artist Fellowship
Niurca Márquez, an artist, choreographer, and dancer, is boldly rewriting the history of flamenco dance. A native of Miami, she formed Nu Flamenco Collaborative, Inc. with José Luis de la Paz. The collaborative’s mission is to introduce US audiences to traditional, contemporary, and experimental flamenco and its emerging artistic expressions.
Márquez is the recipient of a 2015 Dance Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship and was the 2015 Gillman Fellow at Jacksonville University.
This performance is co-sponsored by Lucia & Valdemar Flamenco, The Flamenco Poets Society, and Guitar Houston.