VIDEO: Ensemble Español is keeping the flamenco tradition alive

Jorge Perez, Justin Kaufmann and Paco Fonta in the Skyline Studios, June, 2019

Jorge Perez, Ensemble Español’s Executive Director, and the tremendous guitarist Paco Fonta join Justin on Extension 720 to preview the upcoming Flamenco Passion performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Jorge and Paco talk about the origins of flamenco and what it is, the way in which music and dance are tied together, the influence of Dame Libby Komaiko on bringing flamenco to Chicago, the challenge the ensemble faced after Dame Libby’s death and    on We are also treated to a few songs (Paco Fonta on guitar, Jorge Perez on the castanets) including, “Sevillanas,” “Siguriyas” and “Fandango de Huelva.”



This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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