One of Spain’s most electrifying and innovative flamenco singers, Diego El Cigala, makes his Vancouver debut at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. In this week’s #FridayFive, we give you five reasons to take in his concert:
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]El Cigala is a three-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winner who has performed for hundreds of thousands of flamenco fans around the globe since his career began in 1997, yet this is his very first performance ever in Vancouver.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Over the span of his career, El Cigala has collaborated such legendary musicians as Argentinean folk singer Mercedes Sosa; Cuban pianist Bébo Valdes, and master bandoneonist Néstor Marconi. In addition, he has worked with master innovators such as jazz trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzaléz and Spanish guitarist Diego Garcia “El Twanguero” to name but a few.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]This performance will radically challenge pre-conceived notions of a flamenco concert by offering a fresh perspective on the form through the melding of other Latin genres – in this case fiery, Argentinean tango.
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]El Cigala will be joined on-stage by a powerhouse band that includes pianist Jaime Calabuch, guitarists Diego Moreno and Dan Ben Lior, double bassist Yelsy Heredia, and percussionist Isidro Suárez.
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]El Cigala has been touted as the “Sinatra of flamenco” – which is enough to make anyone curious!
Diego El Cigala plays the Chan Shun Concert Hall at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 25. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.