Come celebrate the holiday season with Flamenco del Oro featuring guest flamenco dancer’s Drea Pacot and Sarah Mckenney from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Grass Valley Wine Co. Dancing will be accompanied by the rooted guitar works of Gopal Slavonic and dancers Anya Devi, Kelly Rivera, and percussionist Roger Aiton.
Dancer Drea Pacot, a Nevada City ex-patriot, is back for this special one time performance!!
Pacot has been dancing flamenco for 19 years. She studied in Spain with Concha Vargas, Jose Galvan, Belen Amaya, Rafeal Campallo, and Concha Jereno. She studied under San Francisco’s Yaelisa and has worked hard as performer and teacher in the Sacramento area and Nevada County area. In 2007 Pascot received a grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to showcase her students. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is studying Chinese Medicine.
Kina Mendez was born into the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists of Jerez de la Frontera. Steeped in the flamenco tradition, she began singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez. Her professional career began when she joined Manuel Morao’s company and led her to work with Mario Maya and tour internationally with Salvador Tavora’s productions Carmen and Carmina Burana. Performing in festivals such as ‘La Fiesta de las Bulerias’ and ‘Las Fiestas de la Vendimia’ in Jerez de la Frontera, she has shared the stage with many renown flamenco artists including Manuel Agujetas, El Grilo and La Macanita. Kina was a featured artist at the prestigious Festival de Jerez in 2009 and her debut recording ‘de Sevilla a Jerez’ was released in 2008. Her explosive, expressive presence on stage and her dynamic vocal range has made her a sought after performer both in Spain and the US.
Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious ‘Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren’ in Sevilla, Spain where he studied intensively with leading flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, Tino Van Der Sman, and Joselito Galvez. In his 18 years of dedication to flamenco guitar, Gopal has returned to Spain to further his studies several times, most frequently to Jerez de la Frontera. He has performed with flamenco artists including Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, and Jose Galvez. Gopal recently released his second CD ‘Dos Orillas’ and is the featured guitarist for Northern California’s Flamenco del Oro.
The Grass Valley WIne Co. is located at 122 Mill St. For more information, visit www.flamencodeloro.com.