The instrumental and traditional Flamenco ensemble features two Flamenco guitarists, a flutist or violinist, a bassist, and a percussionist and performs Flamenco fusion as well as traditional Flamenco music. The traditional "cuadro" features a Flamenco singer, Flamenco dancer, two Flamenco guitarists, and a percussionist (cajon player). The group performs in a variety of formats: solo guitarist (Val Ramos or Jose Ramos), guitar duo, guitars and percussion or guitars and vocalist (Rumba Flamenca) trio, guitar(s) and dancer, traditional "cuadro" Flamenco, instrumental ensemble, and the full instrumental and "cuadro" group. MINIMUM ONE HOUR PERFORMANCE. WE DO NOT PROVIDE DANCE FLOORS.
Val and his dancer, Sandra, were excellent performers and teachers for our student flamenco performance. Not only did they put on a great show for students to enjoy, both gave educational and historical information for students to learn an appreciation of the art. Students were continually engaged and all participated in learning some flamenco dance moves. I'm sure it was an unforgettable experience for all.
Response from Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble and Cuadro:
Dear Monique and Alberto,
Thank you so much for inviting us to perform at your special event!
We really enjoyed performing for and sharing information on Flamenco culture with your excellent students!
It was a privilege to collaborate with you and thank you for your kind review!
VAL and SANDRA
Price Range: $300-$2000
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble performances are authentic, colorful, and dynamic! You can expect only the best of Flamenco music, song, and dance with the highest standards of musicianship, creativity, and expression. The ensemble can accommodate to any audience and program format, from receptions and cocktail hours, to wedding events, to school and campus performances, to festival concerts, to cultural celebrations at museums and libraries, to private parties and events. With over twenty years of professional experience, the Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is now considered to be one of the finest Flamenco groups in the United States.
The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble was established in 1994 and is today recognized as one of the premier Flamenco groups in the United States. Hailed as "the best of classical Flamenco brought to modern standards" ((link hidden)) and "a hidden treasure of Flamenco in the Americas...superb musicianship.." (Flamenco Connection), this outstanding group is featured in two independent releases--BORICUAS FLAMENCOS and POR MI CAMINO--under the PIRAM Records label.
The ensemble toured in Spain in 2005 under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain and has performed at such major international festivals as the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (USA), Guitar Under the Stars Festival (USA), Regattabar Jazz Festival (USA), Summerwind (USA), and the Litchfield Jazz Festival (USA), to name a few. Its music is featured in two independent documentary films (Nuyoricans/PBS and Puerto Rican Passages/CPTV) and in several CD compilations produced and released by the Connecticut Guitar Society. The ensemble has performed with such legendary vocalists as multi-Grammy "salsa" legend Celia Cruz and Grammy-nominee singer Danny Rivera.
The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious college campuses including Yale University, Brown University, New York University, and the University of Connecticut, to name a few. It has also performed at major music venues including the Regattabar Jazz Club (Boston MA), the Iron Horse Performing Arts Center (MA), the Bushnell Theater (Hartford CT), the Nuyorican Poets Caf (New York NY), and the Levitt Pavilion (Westport CT).
Known for its high technical and compositional levels of expression, the ensemble features the unique talents of VAL RAMOS (Flamenco Guitarist and Musical Director), Jose Ramon Ramos (Flamenco Guitarist), Kris Jensen (Flutist), Carlos Hernandez Chavez (Bassist), Ashley Jones (Violinist), Tere Luna (Rumba Flamenca vocalist), and Matt Moadel (Percussionist). The ensemble often performs with Spanish Flamenco singing sensation Alfonso Cid of Seville, Spain. The ensemble can perform as a traditional Flamenco "cuadro" also featuring a Flamenco singer and one or more Flamenco dancers.
A concert performance by this outstanding group features solo and duet guitar music, both original and cover instrumental compositions of Flamenco forms, and traditional "cuadro" performances with a singer, dancers, guitarists, and a percussionist. Full performances consist of two sets of 45-50 minutes with intermission. Guitar duet recitals consist of one set 75 minutes in duration. Under special arrangements, performances can include interactive workshops (i.e. school groups), and Master Classes in Flamenco guitar and dance are also possible. Full-day residencies are possible depending on schedules. Fees range from $600 for a Flamenco guitar duo recital to $2,000 for the entire ensemble/group, depending on travel requirements. The group can provide its own sound equipment for an additional fee of $100. For dance performances, a wooden stage, platform or floor is required.
Additional Booking Notes
Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble performances require sound amplification and stage resources for large concert, school, or festival presentations.
We can provide our own sound equipment for an additional fee of $100.
See general stage/set-up requirements below. Specific tech list for your event will be provided upon request.
Past Booked Events
|August 25, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Farmers Market Festival, Hartford CT|
|May 05, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Farmington CT|
|May 04, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||School Assembly|
|May 14, 2016 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Guitar Night 2016, New Haven, CT|
|April 30, 2016 • 8:00pm - 8:05pm||Cameo - Jose Paulo CD Release, Newington, CT|
|March 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Palace Theater, Stamford, CT|
|February 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Sacred Heart Parish, Redding CT|
Performances often feature either one set of one hour to two sets of 50-minutes with a short 10-minute intermission in between sets.
Sets can be structured based on needs of the client or program (some limitations may apply).
|Val Ramos||Flamenco Guitarist and Musical Director|
|Jose Ramon Ramos||Flamenco Guitarist|
|Alfonso Cid||Flamenco Singer|
|Kris Jensen||Flutist and Saxophonist|
|Carlos Hernandez Chavez||Bassist|
|Rebeca Tomas||Flamenco Dancer|
|Yohanna Escamilla||Flamenco Dancer|
|Sandra Hernández||Flamenco Dancer|
|Tere Luna||Flamenco Pop/Rumba Singer|
Influences & Inspiration
Paco de Lucia Sextet
Flamenco dancer(s): require wooden dance, platform or floor
Stage area: 10x15 feet minimum
Sound board/console: 8-12 channels
House speakers with cables
Three (3) wedge-shaped stage monitors with cables
Two condenser mics for guitars with boom stands
Two vocal microphones with boom stands and cables
Two DI boxes with 1/4 inch inputs
Three (3) instrumental microphones with boom stands
EQUIPMENT NEEDS VARY DEPENDING ON FORMAT--SOLO GUITAR, DUO, ETC. WE CAN PROVIDE SOUND EQUIPMENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $100 FEE.
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