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Latin American Folk & Flamenco Dance Jan. 7 in Stamford


12/30/2011 - Puerto Rican vocalist Ta'na Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro come together with Brattleboro based dancer Nina Kunimoto for a stunning night of Latin American folk and flamenco.

Ta'na Asili (best known as Albany, N.Y.'s 2011 Best World Music with her ensemble Ta'na Asili y la Banda Rebelde) will come together with partner/guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro and Brattleboro based flamenco dancer Nina Kunimoto for a special performance of Latin American folk and flamenco to bring in the New Year at The Gallery in Stamford. All three artists have studied under some of the world's finest flamenco performers, and have performed nationally and internationally in various musical projects.

Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro travelled to Andalusia, Spain this past July for what is truly a lifelong study, a romance of flamenco music and dance. This is their second trip to Spain in the past two years, studying with some of the most renowned flamenco musicians of contemporary flamenco. This summer they participated an intensive workshop series at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco (The Center of Art & Flamenco), studying with renowned flamenco vocalist Esperanza Fernandez. They also received daily instruction at flamenco school Taller Flamenco (The Flamenco Workshop), studying under flamenco recording artist Alicia Gil and guitarist Francisco "El Pulga" Moralecs.

Nina Kunimoto, based in Brattleboro, Vt., and has studied flamenco dance around the world, including her ancestral homelands of Spain and Japan. She currently teaches at the Luminz Studio in Brattleboro, Vt.. Asili & Vaccaro first came together with Kunimoto for an October performance in Brattleboro. This will be their first collaboration in the Capital Region.

The performance will be start at 8 p.m. held Saturday, Jan. 7, at The Gallery, 128 Main St., Stamford. The cost is $8 at the door. Please bring a Spanish beverage , and or a Spanish plate to share. Please call 607-652-4030 if you will be attending! Doors open at 7p.m. to tour the gallery. Sponsored by Timothy Touhey.

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