The new Galeria Concerts events bring an opportunity for area arts patrons to enjoy a variety of music genres in a comfortable and convenient arts venue. The series is presented by the Galeria West art gallery in association with SunRex Entertainment Group at Galeria West, located at 111 Quimby Street in Westfield, NJ. The inaugural Galeria Concerts brings a passionate Spanish flamenco music and dance performance to this wonderfully intimate venue.
Acclaimed flamenco singer, pianist and guitarist David Castellano has experienced over a decade as a professional musician, recording and performing world-wide. His inner drive for musical perfectionism has sparked the interest of many dance companies and musical artists such as Flamenco diva, Pilar Rioja and European pop fusion group, Alabina.
Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, Pedro has gained international recognition as a soloist and composer. He has toured with Jose Greco and Maria Benitez, and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the late Lola Flores. He has been a guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera, and has been commissioned by and performed as musical director with the Guthrie Theater in the Garcia Lorcas BODAS DE SANGRE. Mr. Cortes is artistic director of his own Flamenco Fusion group, Amanecer Flamenco De Hoy. As a third generation Flamenco guitarist he uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new horizons.
Violinist Allí Bello started his career in his native country of Venezuela and traveled to New York City in the early 90’s to continue his college education, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Arts. The National Counselor of the Department of Culture of Venezuela and the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Foundation of Venezuela have sponsored Mr. Bello and his projects. During his time in the United States, Mr. Bello has performed recitals and concerts of the classical genre, but his talents stretch beyond the realm of classical music comprising Flamenco, Jazz, Latin, Middle East and the Folkloric music of his homeland.
He has performed with figures such as Regina Carter, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, José Fajardo, and Johnny Pacheco and others. He has also performed in Jazz Festivals in United States, England, Australia, The Caribbean Islands and Venezuela such as the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Jazz Out Doors, JVC Jazz Festival, the World Music Festival in Puerto Rico and the Bacardi Sydney Festival among others. Mr. Bello also has performed as a member of such musical groups as the Latin Jazz Coalition, Johnny Pacheco’s Band, members of the Fania All-Star Band, Los Jóvenes del Barrio, and Orquesta Broadway in some of the most renowned venues in New York City.
Flamenco dancer Laura Montes began studying dance in New York City at the age of six. This in demand performer continues her studies both in New York and in Spain with Andrea Del Conte, Maria Magdalena, El Guito, La Repompa de Malaga, Raquel Heredia, La Meira, Israel Galvan, Isabel Bayon and Rafaela Carrasco. Most recently she has been studying with El Farruquito and his mother, La Farruca in Sevilla, Spain.
A portion of the event proceeds benefit programming efforts at TEATRO Sí, a 501(c)3 not for profit NJ corporation. Enjoy the experience!