Savannah’s latest production is a new beginning for the busiest Flamenco dancer in the Pacific Northwest, she has designed new costumes, set new choreography, and had a new dance floor constructed for this tour. Rayn symbolizes the fresh new start that comes after substantial rainfall while also paying homage to Savannah’s Seattle roots.
Savannah and Diego have forged a unique artistic partnership, performing throughout Washington, Oregon, and California since 2019. Diego comes from the legendary Amador family, famous for fusing Flamenco with blues, jazz, and salsa music. Diego is a powerful singer as well as a sublime guitarist. He also plays piano, bass, and percussion. Rayn is a unique blend of authentic Spanish Flamenco music and powerful innovative dance This event is part of an extensive tour.
Rayn: Flamenco for a New World – October 28, 7:30 p. m.
Bainbridge Grange Hall
10340 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110
Tickets: general admission $27, VIP seating $40, Student $18, child $12
available at www.eventbrite.com
Savannah Fuentes, Flamenco dancer, and producer, is the only touring artist in the Pacific Northwest region with deep connections to Flamenco culture, presenting “…Real Flamenco, straight and stunning,” (Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer.) She has independently produced and danced in over 400 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco artists, including Diego Amador Jr., Saray Munoz, and Jesus Montoya.
Savannah was born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry. Her fascination with Flamenco dance (baile) and singing (cante) came to her in early childhood, fueled by watching a Flamenco performance on television “…and, although I was just a child, I felt an immediate connection to the art form.”
She considers Flamenco a lifelong study, an artistic journey she began in her late teens that continues to this day. Savannah has studied with many notable Flamenco artists including Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru, and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.
Accompanied by her notable guest artists, Savannah tours the West Coast regularly bringing delighted audiences authentic, passionate Flamenco performance art, often performing for communities that would otherwise be unable to enjoy this unique art form.
Diego Amador Jr. is from Seville, and was born into Flamenco royalty. His father is the celebrated Flamenco pianist/composer Diego Amador and his uncles are Rafael and Raimundo Amador (Pata Negra). The 29-year-old is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist who recently released his first full-length album, Presente en el Tiempo.
From a very young age, Diego began performing and touring with some of Spain’s top Flamenco artists, including Remedios Amaya, La Susi, Lole Montoya, Farruquito, and Joaquín Cortés. He has also worked alongside jazz greats such as Pat Metheny, Bireli Lagrene, and Charlie Haden. Known mainly as a Flamenco singer, Diego also plays guitar, piano, and percussion.
Bainbridge Grange Hall has been part of Bainbridge Island since 1915 as the Old Homestead Social Club. In 1934, a group of Islanders came together to form Bainbridge Grange #1051. In 1942, the group bought the building and property from the Old Homestead Social Club.
The Grange is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to community fellowship, education, and service, as well as supporting local farming and other progressive activities. They are a member of the Washington State Grange, established in 1889, two months before Washington Territories achieved statehood. The National Grange was officially organized on December 4, 1867, and is the oldest agricultural grassroots organization in the country.
For additional tour dates: https://www.savannahf.com/performance
*Content and images provided by Savannah Fuentes
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