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The real flamenco experience

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For  the real flamenco experience, after Art Stage 2 , Jan. 16 Flamenco guitarist and event organizer Ali Golbabai is putting on a show at the Yoga Rituals studio upstairs from Catwalk.alt
The two dancers, two singers and flamenco guitarist playing during ArtStage 2 will put on the full experience beginning at 9:30 p.m. for the  Arte Performance and juerga or jam session.
“This will be the full spectrum, not a Gipsy Kings thing. You can experience the real thing,” Golbabai said adding while people like Jesse Cook are considered flamenco, there is a lot more to it.
“So we’re pretty excited about it,” he said the performers  were coming from B.C for ArtStage 2  so he decided to give them an additional show to test the  waters for a bigger show  a few months down the road.
“This is a smaller venue. It holds about 60 people, but if this works we might do a bigger show,” said Golbabai who moved to Alberta from Spain, three to  four years ago.
 The full gypsy experience includes guitar playing, dancing and singing and always ends in a massive juerga or jam session. 
“Juerga is Spanish for an after party jam. Gypsies  always have a juerga after  a performance,”  Golbabai said.
“Flamenco is all about the song. It’s very introspective . The music  is there to elaborate on the song  and story. Everybody just improvises,” he said.
The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with the jam opening at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for the entire show and $10 for the jam which will begin around 11 p.m.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:18 )  
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