Flamenco guitars and dancers at Pistol River Saturday
PISTOL RIVER – The Pistol River Concert Association presents Mark Taylor with Terry Longshore and the Sol Flamenco Dance Company for two shows at the Pistol River Friendship Hall, 24252 Carpenterville Road.
Shows will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.Tickets are $15 and are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, The Book Dock in Harbor and Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets may also be reserved online at www.pistolriver.com/tickets or by calling 541-247-2848. A $5 student discount or refund is available at the door with student identification.
Classical and Flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor is an international recording artist and performer. He was already a professional classical guitarist when he began traveling to Spain in 1987. He studied flamenco guitar in Granada, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera and Madrid. He returned to the United States to form the Aire Flamenco Dance Company and The Mark Taylor Flamenco Quartet. He has performed as a soloist in Spain and the United States and appears regularly as featured artist with the Sol Flamenco Dance Company and The San Francisco Bay area’s Potaje ensemble, directed by Chus Alonso. He has also collaborated with Francisco Gaona’s stage productions of Romanceros Gitanos, Cante Jondo and Cantares by Federico Garcia Lorca.
Liz Bortolotto began her life as a flamenco dancer in 1999. Since then, she has danced professionally with Sol Flamenco, Mark Taylor Flamenco, Flamenco Arts, and Los Cuatro Vientos.Bortolotto trained primarily with Jose Galvan of Sevilla and artists Yaelisa, Emmy winning choreographer and dancer; Carola Zertuche; and Elaine Marlow. She has also studied with traveling artists such as Antonio Granjeros, Belen Maya, Pastora Galvan and Joaquin Ruiz. She recently returned from Spain where she studied with Flamenco dance teacher Manuel Betanzos.Joelle Gonzalves – performer, teacher, and co-director of Sol Flamenco – has performed throughout the West Coast with a variety of flamenco companies including Aire Flamenco, Los Cuatro Vientos, Flamenco Puro, Flamenco Arts, and was a featured soloist in Yaelisa’s Noche de Amor.
Gonzalves’ attraction to the art of flamenco began more than a decade ago while she was earning her degree in art history. This led her to Sevilla, where she began her professional dance training with Maestro Jose Galvan. She has studied with flamenco artists Joaquin Ruiz, Concha Vargas, Angel Munoz, and Antonio Granjeros. She travels to Spain annually to study with Manuel Betanzos and receives private dance training and coaching with Yaelisa in the U.S.