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Flamenco Vivo presents Lo Esencial by Luis de la Carrasca

36th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montreal, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Organizers of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, are delighted to announced a series of exceptional shows as part of the 36th edition of the Festival, from June 26 to July 5, 2015: the North American premiere of Lo Esencial by Luis de la Carrasca presented by Flamenco Vivo, a musical voyage into the heart of Andalusia, which will unfold in the Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts, from June 25 to 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Photo : François Martinez

Flamenco Vivo presents Lo Esencial by Luis de la Carrasca

Led with passion and energy for the past 24 years by the irreplaceable Luis de la Carrasca, the Compagnie Flamenco Vivo heads to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to launch its mind-blowing new creation: Lo Esencial, staged for the first time last year at the Festival d’Avignon, where Luis de la Carrasca has long forged his reputation as a master of the form: the famed artist has enjoyed 23 consecutive successful seasons at the Festival d’Avignon, a unique achievement! That CV is even more impressive given every creation he has presented has been unanimously hailed by critics and crowds alike.

Lo Esencial represents a special reconnection with the very essence of the Andalusian art form, venturing into the domain of pure, authentic flamenco: the music of its inception, when these popular songs transformed suffering into hope and empowered the people to laugh off their oppressors through art. Passing down a two-century musical legacy expressing an entire way of life, the show presents flamenco as an experience in genuine “spiritual and emotional therapy,” inviting spectators to share in the enthusiasm, passion and energy. The spectacle finds Luis de la Carrasca accompanied by the crème de la crème of today’s flamenco artists from Andalusia and the south of France: the talented José Luis Dominguez on guitar, Kadú Gomez on cajón and percussion, along with magnificent dancers Ana Pérez and Kuky Santiago. Get ready for a magical, highly-charged evening!

Tickets go on sale now

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842‑2112 or placedesarts.com

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