Meet the Artists

inspiracionflamenca-by-mary-nelle-brownGuitarist, Kristofer Hill accompanied the cuadro de José Galván in Seville, Spain for three years. His flamenco mentor is Juan del Gastor, of the Morón de la Frontera school. Recognized equally in Seville and the USA for his rapid grasp of flamenco intricacies, he is also a composer of film and theater productions and is versed in hop-hop, jazz, and rock music. He has performed with Inspiración Flamenca since 2013.

 

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Soloist, La Lea spent many years studying with flamenco and Spanish dance masters at el Amor de Dios in Madrid, Spain. She performed in the 9th annual Certamen De Madrid in an award winning piece and has toured the US twice with Romeria Flamenco. She has been a soloist with Inspiración Flamenca since 2015.

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Soloist, Carlos Montufar directs the shows Cafe Flamenco and World Dance in Phoenix, AZ. A former dancer at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, he trained with Joaquin Encinias at the National Conservatory of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM where he also performed with Yjastros, the National Flamenco Repertory Company. He has performed with Inspiración Flamenca since 2014.

 

 

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Dancer, Francisca Nava is a true Arizona flamenca. She began her training under Laura Moya in Phoenix, AZ. She was a formative member of Flamenco por la Vida under the direction of Angelina Ramirez and performed in “Mujeres,” directed by Yumi la Rosa. She has performed with Inspiración Flamenca since 2015.

 

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Dancer, Claudia Welding lived in Spain for many years. A professional translator, she is a true Arizona flamenca and has studied under Lydia Torea, Bernadette Gaxiola, Linda Machado and Julia Chacón. She has performed with Inspiración Flamenca since 2015.

 

 

Guitarist, Roger O’Sullivan has studied under Monte Perrault, Kristofer Hill and Juan del Gastor. He has played with Inspiración Flamenca since 2015.

 

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Julia Carmen

Guest Artists

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Pianist and composer, Ioannis Goudelis  has performed, recorded and opened for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dierks Bentley, Ray Price, Mike Stern, Stanley Jordan, Pantelis Thalassinos and Alexia Vassiliou. His original music has been featured on t.v. shows like “House,” “NCIS,” and a few of HBO’s series. In 2011, he scored the feature film “The Church Office,” and appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2012 with Miss Willie Brown. He was featured with IF in the 2016 August Live & Local show in Scottsdale, AZ

jose-mendezJosé Mendez is a flamenco singer from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Hailing from the flamenco family of la Paquera de Jerez, Mendez is sought after for his expertise in singing for dancers. A singer in the legendary flamenco tablao Los Gallos in Seville, Spain he has worked with flamenco legends of our time including Carmen Ledesma, José Galván, Maria Pages, and many others. He was featured with IF in October, 2015 in Peoria, AZ
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Myriam Vaquero
is a disciple of the legendary Carmen Ledesma with whom she has shared the stage in Sevilla and abroad. She studied extensively with la Faraona of the Farruco Family and is a master of bulerías and tangos. She was featured with IF in October, 2015 in Peoria and Scottsdale, AZ with José Mendez.

Javier Heredia is a festero from Seville, Spain. He has toured the world performing with Manuela Carrasco and as has appeared as guest artist at the respected flamenco festival, the Bienal de Sevilla. Known for his subtlety and grace, he is a singer and dancer who infuses his performances with simple, elegant mastery. He was featured with IF in September, 2013 in Flagstaff, AZ.

Lydia Torea – A touring soloist and dance partner with José Greco for many years, Lydia is a living legend of Spanish dance and a master of Spanish Classical. An American pioneer in Spain under the reign of Franco, Lydia made headlines in Spain as a young dancer. She trained with Regla Ortega and Vicente Escudero and danced in the cuadro of the Coral de la Moreria in the 1960’s. She was a soloist touring with Paco de Lucia and Pedro Azorín, whom she also partnered. She has performed for royalty and had a featured role in the film “Ship of Fools” with Vivien Leigh. Her company, the Lydia Torea Spanish Dance company, included the famed brother/sister act, los Bronces Gitanos.

Misael Barraza
Olivia Rojas
Martin Gaxiola
Joaquin Gallegos
Meagan Chandler
Jesus Munoz
Vicente Griego
Ricardo Anglada
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Domino Martinez
Ramona Garduno
Tamara Flys