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.