Artor Nazzari was born in Iran in 1978 and is of Armenian decent. He began his professional career
as a flamenco dancer in 1997. In 1998 Artoro performed at the premiere of the film, "The Mask of Zorro",
and appeared in 1999 as a lead dancer in Cher's "Dov'e L'Amore" music Video. Nazzari has performed with
Juan Talavera's "The Men of Flamenco", The Antonio Vargas "Flamenco Vivo" prodution, Carolina Russek's
company and in Forever Flamenco with Paco and Yolanda Arroyo. Artoro and Carissa have been partnering
since 2000, First co-founding Flamenco Diverso and now continuing together with Fuerza Flamenca.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Carissa started studying dance at the age of three.
She became a professional at the age of fourteen when she was invited to be a goodwill
ambassador for the United States under the sister city program with Germany. She toured
throughout Germany with the Fandango Dance Company as a principal flamenco dancer. She
served for three years as a company member with Fandango performing weekly at the famed
Arneson River Theatre. She was again asked to be an ambassador with the sister city program
with Mexico. She toured throughout Mexico with DanzaHispana. She toured with the Boston Flamenco
Ballet performing in 30 states and 53 cities throughout the United States. She has performed
for the president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari as well as Queen Elizabeth of England.
Carissa has studied under renowned artists Jose Greco Sr, Jose Greco II, Chiqui Linares, Pilar
Rioja, and Luis Montero. Carissa has lent her talents to many companies including, Panasonic, IBM,
Doritos's, The Mirage Hotel and Casino and The Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Carissa recently performed with
the Los Angeles Opera in the production of "Carmen" conducted by Placido Domingo. She is a regular in the
Forever Flamenco series at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Bobby Solokov - Guitarist
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria Bobby has always played guitar utilizing many styles of music for his expression
until becoming immersed in Flamenco. He is fluent in Spanish and has a strong understanding of the lyrical
language of Flamenco. He began his studies with Paco Arroyo and has been extremely influenced by the
works of both Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo. He has made appearances at Univision Networks and recorded
music for Panasonic, among other recordings used in Film, Television and Radio.
Antonio de Jerez - Singer
Antonio de Jerez is one of the most highly regarded flamenco singers currently in the United States.
Born in Jerez de la Frontera Spain, Where his father was a well-known singer and his mother was a dancer,
Antonio has been singing and dancing since childhood. After performing extensively throughout Spain in
concerta, tablaos, and festivals, Antonio came to the U.S. in 1977. Since then he has sung for many companies,
including the Jose Molina Ballet, Rosa Montoya Ballet Espanol, The Boston Flamenco Ballet, plus the companies of
Carmen Mora, Luisa Triana, Yaelisa, and Domingo Ortega, among others. He is the artistic director of Canela Pura.
Also a poet, Antonio frequently writes letras (lyrics) for the cantes he sings.
Adam Hernandez - Percussion
Adam a native of San Antonio, Tx. He is an accomplished drummer and percussionist
who has performed with numerious professional bands and dance companies nationally
and internationally. He has been playing percussion since the age of 10. Although
he loves percussion, he also plays many other instruments such as guitar, bass guitar,
cajon, piano, keyboards and back up vocals. He is experienced in all styles of music.
Some of his performance credits include The Hard Rock Cafe, The House of Blues, Forever
Flamenco at Hollywood's Fountain Theatre, The Boston Flamenco Ballet, The Fandango
dance company and DanzaHispana. Adam can be seen performing at various venues throughout
the United States.
Artor Nazzari: Dancer
Carissa Hernandez: Dancer
Bobby Solokov: Guitarist
Antonio de Jerez: Cante (singer)
Adam Hernandez: Percussion
What to Expect
Our performances can consist of something as simple as ambiant solo guitar music to something as eloborate as a two hour concert with dancers and musicians. We are very flexible and able to adapt to the needs of our client. Our usual request consists of five performers. This includes two dancers, one singer, one guitarist and one percussionist. We can do as little as a twenty min set or we can do two one hour sets with a fifteen minute intermission. All of our shows have audience participation and can be tailored to your preferences. We can add more dancers or musicians if necessary. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to discussing how Fuerza Flamenca can help make your event an entertaining and unforgettable one.
For an additional fee we can provide a small portable dance floor and sound system
NOTE: These technical requirements represent an auditorium under ideal conditions. Be assured that the artists will work within the limitations of your facility and adapt their program accordingly.
For an additional fee we can also provide a small portable dance floor and sound equipment.
LIGHTS: In most cases, The Company will work with existing house lights.
SOUND: Sound Equipment:
House speakers sufficient to fill the auditorium with good sound. Performance sound includes: live vocals, live guitar, and dancerʼs footwork. System must be able to handle all ranges simultaneously. Speakers may not block audience view or take up space in the performance area.
FLOOR: A smooth floor made of wood (or other resilient material) with a matte finish that is not slippery or slick is required. The floor must be over air space, not over concrete,so that is has some give to prevent leg injuries to the dancers. Floor surface must be free from cracks, gaps, holes or breaks of more than 1/8” and must be free of hardware, bumps, splinters or other obstructions. Depending on the quality of the floor, a thin covering such a Marley is acceptable.
BACKSTAGE WATER: Venue must provide bottles of drinking water backstage for each performance. Filtered Bottled water coolers are an acceptable substitute, however drinking fountains are not.
TRAVEL: If your event is greater than 300 miles from Las Vegas, NV, Client must provide roundtrip coach airfare, lodging and transportation for the contracted dates.
LODGING NEEDS: Lodging needs may vary depending upon the number of performers contracted.
2009: 100 gigs
2010: 100 gigs
2011: 100 gigs
2012: 25 gigs
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casting Call, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Private Party, Quinceañera, Restaurant, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop