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Flamenco guitarist Gopal Slavonic celebrates debut CD at Cooper’s

Flamenco guitarist Gopal Slavonic celebrates his just-released debut CD tonight with traditional music and dance performances at Cooper’s in Nevada City.

All but one song on his CD, “Flamenco Guitar,” are traditional.

“Flamenco music grew out of the combined influences of Gypsy, Moorish, Jewish and regional folkloric music of Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain,” said Slavonic, who recently studied in Sevilla, Spain, for two years.

“When I play a solea, I am playing in the rhythm and melodic structure of that song style,” Slavonic added.

“I am drawing upon all of the material I have learned in that style, adding my own influences and interpretations. It’s not original, nor is it a cover.”

A solea, or solearus – a song lamenting lost love or other tragedies – has a rhythmic cycle of 12 beats.

“It is usually the first song new students are taught, being that it is the oldest documented flamenco “palo,” or song style, and is the grandfather of many other song styles,” Slavonic added.

Slavonic will be joined tonight by flamenco dancer/teacher Drea Pacot and Tynowyn on vocals.

The Evergreen Ensemble will also play at the CD release party.

The Evergreen Ensemble is comprised of Slavonic, Tynowyn, Craig Thiessen, Tom Slattery and Cathy McCain.

The CD includes two songs recorded with the Evergreen Ensemble.

Another song on the CD is with Joe Scholz-Fajen on tabla (Indian percussion instrument), which breaks away from the traditional to a more modern sound.

Tonight’s CD release party is from 8 to 11 at Cooper’s, 235 Commercial St. Cover charge is $2.

For more information, call Cooper’s at 265-0116.

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