Sunday, November 14

ARTE Y PASIÓN
BERTO Y FLAMENCO VIVO

Join Flamenco Vivo for an unforgettable program of modern Flamenco music and dance. This unique performance is sure to leave you breathless as you experience the virtuosity and passion of these renowned and skilled artists. A program that pushes the boundaries of the expected and challenges the audience with contemporary themes, Arte y Pasión will infuse elements of Brazilian jazz with the hypnotic percussion sounds from India. The passionate sound of the flamenco guitar, mesmerizing hand-clapping, and intricate footwork blend together to form Arte y Pasión. This is what modern Flamenco is today.

This performance will be featuring two of the best male Flamenco dancers in the United States. Dancers Timo Nuñez and Ryan Zermeño will heat the stage up with their passionate and charismatic personalities. Also featured will be the world-renowned master percussionist Sudhi Rajagopal (Indian tablas and cajon). Among the musicians appearing in the company will be Benjamin Woods (guitar and palmas) from San Fransisco and Santa Barbara's veteran virtuosos Randy Tico (fretless bass) and Ruben Martinez (flute). Gracing us with their presence will also be the dancers Cristina Villa-Lobos and Paloma Rios with the unforgettable voice of Marisol Fuentes from Cadiz, Spain. Arte y Pasión will be lead by musical director and guitarist Robert Boyd of Santa Barbara.

This is the second annual Center Stage Theater performance of the company in Santa Barbara. The concert will be recorded for worldwide DVD promotion.

Robert Boyd, "Bertochico" is Santa Barbara's own Flamenco guitarist. He is one of the rare and few Americans that has dedicated his musical dreams and professional career to the art of Flamenco and is recognized as one of the top concert artists emerging from the United States today. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead singer Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus, Robert began his musical training at age six and has been studying guitar for 19 years. A rigorous musician and careful researcher, he has studied in Spain with some of the world's finest Flamenco virtuosos.

He has appeared in concert as the featured soloist of the 7th annual world concert series in Mendocino, Ca. He was the musical director for the 2004 production of "Flamenco Hoy y Mañana" with Linda Vega's company "Danzas de España". In April of 2004, Robert presented a concert with his newly formed company of dancers and musicians at the Unitarian Society celebrating the release of his new album "Esmeralda" which has achieved international acclaim. His production of "Alma Flamenca" in 2003 at the Center Stage Theatre Santa Barbara received rave reviews.

Currently, Robert is the featured solo guitarist at Bacara Resort & Spa and averages over 200 performances a year at such venues as: Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito, Fiesta's Old Spanish Days, and the Classical Guitar Societies of California. His renowned ability for creating an unequaled ambience for private parties and private concerts has made him a very sought out performer. Among the many celebrities he has entertained are: Peter Gallagher, Dennis Miller, Barbara Streisand, Ted Danson, Diane Lane, Josh Brolin, Alanis Morrisette, Katie Holmes, Matt Leblanc, George Thorogood, Troy Aikman, and Fairuza Balk.

Visit the web site: www.bertoflamenco.com

BOX OFFICE




Arte y Pasión
TIME: Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$35 general, $30 students/seniors

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BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. See below for location.

Tickets may also be purchased by telephone using Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Phone (805) 963-0408 (V / TDD).


LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
Center Stage Theater is located in the Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.