ARTIST: Jose “Chus­cales ” Valle Fa­jardo ,gu itarist, mu­sic di­rec­tor ,Ju an Siddi Fla­menco Santa Fe PA­LOS: Rumba and Tan­gos VENUE: Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter

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These pa­los are happy, for a bunch of peo­ple at a wed­ding. It’s about hap­pi­ness, about love and beauty. One of the le­tras goes, ‘I live on love, but for me your kisses are like the foun­tain of my thoughts ... I want you to take me with you be­cause I find my­self far away from your love.’ ”

Chus­cales is another artist Benítez re­cruited from Spain. He grew up in a fam­ily with Gypsy her­itage, and re­mem­bers watch­ing fam­ily mem­bers and friends danc­ing in the caves of Sacromonte. As mu­sic di­rec­tor for Juan Siddi, he ex­panded the tra­di­tional guitar/singer/dancer model by in­cor­po­rat­ing a pi­anist and cel­list. Of all the groups on stage in Santa Fe, this is the most eclec­tic, mu­si­cally speak­ing. In his 2015 reper­toire, an in­tro­duc­tion for Siddi’s soleá in­cludes an ode to Satie’s Gymnopédies.

Jose “Chus­cales” Valle Fa­jardo

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