Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble

Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble

 Hamden, Connecticut, USA
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One of the best flamenco fusion groups in the U.S. incorporates Flamenco singing, guitars, flute, violin, bass and percussion with original musical arrangements and compositions. The group also performs in the more traditional "cuadro Flamenco" format with guitars, singer, dancer, and percussionist. "A hidden treasures of the Flamenco world in the Americas...superb musicianship." (Flamenco Connection). "The best of classical Flamenco with a new musical vocabulary" (Rootsworld).

Biography

The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. Established in 1994, the group features the unique talents of VAL RAMOS (lead Flamenco guitarist), JOSE R. RAMOS (Flamenco guitarist), KRIS JENSEN (flutist), CARLOS HERNANDEZ CHAVEZ (bassist), ASHLEY JONES (violinist), and MATT MOADEL (cajon player/percussionist). The ensemble often performs with ALFONSO CID, the talented Flamenco singer from Sevilla, Spain. The ensemble also performs with guest Flamenco dancers and other musicians from Spain and the United States.

Hailed as “the best of classical Flamenco brought to modern standards” (Rootsworld.com), “a hidden treasure of the Flamenco world in the Americas…superb musicianship..” (Flamenco Connection), and “simply brilliant” (Flamenco Buzz.com) this outstanding musical group represents the best of contemporary Flamenco music, song, and dance.

The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble has released three albums of original Flamenco music and song, all on the PIRAM Records label–Por mi camino (2001), Boricuas Flamencos (1998), and Olive Green Eyes (1995). The ensemble has performed in major international music festivals including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Litchfiled Jazz Festival, Summerwind Summer Concerts, Levitt Pavilion Summer Music Festival, Regattabar Spring Jazz Festival, the Guitar Under the Stars Festival. In July 2005, the ensemble toured Spain under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Spain and performed at the inauguration of the new U.S. Ambassador to Spain (at the Embassy in Madrid) as well as at the prestigious club El Savor in Salamanca.

The group has been featured in National Public Radio (NPR United States) and Radio Nacional Española (RNE Spain) interviews in the radio shows “All Things Considered,” “The Faith Middletown Show,” and “La hora de America.” The group’s music is featured in several documentary films including Puerto Rican Passages (Connecticut Public Television) and Nuyoricans (WNET-Thirteen/PBS). It has also been featured in WTNH-8 Stage 8 variety television program.

The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities including Yale University, New York University, Brown University, the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford.

The group has also performed at such prestigious venues as the Regattabar, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Autorino Center for the Arts (University of Hartford), and the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

The ensemble has performed with internationally-renowned and Grammy Award winners the-late CELIA CRUZ and DANNY RIVERA. It has also performed with some of the best Flamenco artists from Spain and the United States.

Fees range from $700 for the Flamenco guitar and percussion trio to $2,000 for the ensemble and traditional "cuadro Flamenco." The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is registered with the New England Foundation for the Arts' New England State Touring Roster (NEST) and New England presenters can apply for grant funding to cover up to half of the fee to book the group. For more information go to: http://www.Matchbook.org.


Discography

  1. Por mi camino (PIRAM Records, 2004)  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vramosens2
  2. Boricuas Flamencos (PIRAM Records, 1998)  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vramosens1
  3. Olive Green Eyes (PIRAM Records, 1990)   https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/valramos




Set List

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE

ORIGINALS

1. Ojos verde olivo (Rumba Flamenca)
2. Por mi camino (Rumba Flamenca)
3. Mi Luisa (Rumba Flamenca)
4. Quiero recordar (Tanguillos)
5. Boricuas Flamencos (Tangos Flamencos)
6. Isla de amores (Tangos Flamencos)
7. Buscandote (Tanguillos)
8. Camaron (Rumba Flamenca)
9. Gitanerias (Rumba Flamenca)
10. Por ti yo vivo y sueno (Bulerias)

COVER SONGS

1. Entre dos aguas (Rumba Flamenca) - Paco de Lucia
2. Tres notas para decir te quiero (Rumba Flamenca) - Vicente Amigo
3. Puerto de Jerez (Bulerias) - Various composers
4. Calle ancha (Rumba Flamenca) - Nino Josele
5. Rio ancho (Rumba Flamenca) - Paco de Lucia

FLAMENCO GUITAR DUET MATERIAL

1. Panaderos Flamencos (Traditional)- Esteban Delgado
2. Campina andaluza (Alegrias) - Sabicas
3. Farolillos de feria (Guajiras) - Paco de Lucia
4. Impetu (Bulerias) - Mario Escudero
5. Punta y tacon (Farruca) - Sabicas
6. Puerto de Jerez (Bulerias) - Various composers
7. Noches