Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017 

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Everything Flamenco

Toque Flamenco plays Harrison Sept 23
By Bryan B., HFS

 

Toque Flamenco will be putting on a wonderful performance September 23.

 

lamenco music has proven to be a very popular genre at the Harrison Festival over the years, and on September 23 the Festival Society will once again showcase Spain’s most famous performing arts genre at the Memorial Hall, featuring Vancouver based quartet Toque Flamenco.

 

Originating in Andalusia, Spain, in the 1700s, flamenco combines a variety of performance disciplines. These are: cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping).

 

Dancing is characterized by expressive use of the arms and rhythmic tapping of the feet, and by the large, colourful skirts worn by dancers. Flamenco’s popularity worldwide has grown in recent decades, making it a truly global artform.

 

Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse notes that "Toque Flamenco is very accessible and put on a fun show. Along with traditional flamenco, they throw in some recognizable songs as well, such as gypsy king rumbas. They have a way of engaging the audience with their strong singing, skilled guitar playing, and gorgeous dancing. It should be a party."

 

Toque Flamenco was born early in 2014, and consists of singer Mario Sota, guitarist Peter Mole, and dancers Marilu Vallejo and Karito Espi. Mario, Marilú and Karito have both Mexican and Spanish heritage, while Peter Mole was born in Montreal and attended McGill University where he studied classical guitar. Each of the artists has been privileged enough to train with some of the best Flamenco artists from Spain.

 

Toque Flamenco performs regularly around Vancouver. Peter Mole has been holding successful tri-weekly Flamenco nights at the Kino Café for over 20 years. For the past 3 years, Toque Flamenco has been the main featured band at the The Kino. Other recent performances include the Victoria Flamenco Festival (headliners), the Richmond World Music Festival, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Vancouver World Music Festival, Jazz Vespers and the Kaleidoscope and European Festivals.

 

Tickets for Toque Flamenco are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.

About the Harrison Festival Society

Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.

 

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