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Teye & Viva El Flamenco at the Odeon Theater In Mason
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009

Teye and Viva el Flamenco bring to Mason the passionate and seductive art form of Flamenco. The guitar and dance ensemble will be performing on stage April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Odeon Theater in Mason. The concert is another fundraising event to help restore the old theater. Reservations are a $15 donation per person.

Viva el Flamenco is Teye, Jessica Ann Ahr and Karen Vilches. Teye has studied Flamenco guitar with some of the greatest Flamenco guitarist in the world. Among them are Antonio Moya, Vicente Amigo, Manolo Sanlúcar, Paco Peña, Paco Serrano, Manuel de Palma, and most importantly: with the Gypsies from Córdoba (Juan “de Alcala”; the family Plantón), Morón de la Frontera and Jeréz. His training also includes: classical guitar under Willem van Lier at the conservatory of music in Groningen (Holland) and modern music at the conservatory of Rotterdam (Holland) under Bertus Borgers and Johan de Poel, where he graduated cum laude. The Grand Prize of the Netherlands awarded him “best guitarist” in 1988.

Teye has performed as a flamenco guitarist in countless solo shows, in guitar duos, in various dance companies and ensembles: in Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Czechoslovakia, México, Canada, and the USA. He has played with Joe Ely, Bruce Springsteen, Carmen Cortes, Dwight Yoakam, Rosie Flores, David Lindley, Rick Treviño, Rosanne Cash, and Lyle Lovett.

Teye’s most widely known recordings are Joe Ely’s critically acclaimed albums: “Letter to Laredo”, “Twistin’’ in the Wind” and “Live at Antone’s”; and of course his solo releases: “El Gitano Punky”, “Viva el Flamenco”, and “FlamencObsesionArte”, which have been released to rave reviews in the USA, 9 European countries, Turkey, Mexico, and Canada. His underwater-flamenco-video-clip “Sol del Caribe” won the Austin Music Awards in 2004.

Jessica Ann Ahr is trained in both Spanish Classical Dance and the fiery art of Flamenco. She has had first hand instruction from Flamenco legends: Sabas Santos, La Vicci, Eva “La Yerbabuena,” Antonio Vargas, Antonio Granjero, Estefania Ramirea, y Francisco “Yiyi” Oroszo. She has been performing regularly since the mid-1990’s: first in Teresa Champion’s “Fiesta Flamenca” and later with Beatriz Aguilar Murphy’s “Ballet de Casa España.”She is an integral part of Beatriz Aguilar Murphy’s Grupo Flamenco ¡España Viva! and can be found performing at the Hispanic Heritage Society’s annual “Feria de Nueva España,” San Antonio’s cultural event, “Luminaria,” the Institute of Texan Culture’s Texas Folk Life Festival, and the Texas State Fair in Dallas, as well as in the local tablaos. She teaches dance at the San Antonio Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Urban smARTs program, ART San Antonio’s ARTS Teach program, and Our Lady of the Lake University’s International Folk Culture Center.

Karen Vilches represents a new generation of youth promoting international cultures and movements. She began her training in flamenco dancing in San Antonio under the instruction of Beatriz Aguilar and Grupo España Viva. During this period she had the opportunity to perform in local flamenco tablaos: “Don Quixote,” “Carmen de la Calle,” and various city and state-wide events. In 2007, she decided to continue her dance training and career in Academia de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios, In Madrid, Spain. Here she had the opportunity to expand her artistic knowledge under instruction of various world- renowned flamenco artists, such as La Truco, Joaquin Ruiz, La Tati, Antonio Reyes, and Cristobal Reyes. She recently returned to San Antonio to continue her dance career there.

Together,Teye and Viva el Flamenco arouse the common image of Andalucia, Spain—one of colour, romance, and passion, and the lone figure of the matador in the bullring, cape and sword in hand beneath the burning afternoon sun, and the equally gypsy art of flamenco seem to somehow go hand and hand.

For more information or to make reservations, please call Dennis or Kay Evans at 325 347 6781 or email at Also check the website

Guests are invited to bring a snack to share. You may also bring your favorite beverage. Concessions will also be open. The Odeon Preservation Association is 501C3 non-profit organization.

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