"The troupe was exciting! They were really very good! I hadn't expected this level of talent ...."  Julie Woodman

RIO FLAMENCO

Rio Flamenco  is a flamenco troupe based in Prescott, Arizona.  Flamenco music and dance is gaining popularity and interest across America.  Rio Flamenco offers an exciting performance which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.  Our show is a spicy mix of traditional flamenco dance and guitar, and hot Latin rhythms.   RIO Flamenco is perfect for public stage shows, and smaller venues including corporate and special events. 

Our troupe is a richly talented group of musicians and performers with extensive experience.  The core group consists of  a guitarist/vocalist,  four flamenco dancers.  


Antonio Cocilovo

Comments from the Audience:

      “Enlightening, educational—an evening of pure entertainment.  Music, dancing, singing and  the history of the dance makes for entertainment at its best.”    

                                                                            Carol Neil, Prescott, Arizona

       “My wife and I recently experienced the most amazing show of flamenco dance and Spanish  music by Rio Flamenco from Prescott, Arizona.  WOW! What a night! The dancing and music  was mesmerizing. We look forward to their next performance so we can take our children who I   know would really enjoy this.  A true fan . .. “

                                                                             Timothy Ramos, Prescott, Arizona

       “It was pure enjoyment to see Rio Flamenco.  Everything and everyone was so colorful and  lively! - a perfect flow and balance between the acoustic music, dancing and singing.  Hoping  your encore performance is a sellout as well.”
                    
                                   Janet Salese,  Managing Director, Arizona Classical Theater,  Prescott, Arizona 


Steve Annibale joined in on Trumpet and the crowd went wild!

"The instrumentalists (Antonio Concilovo on guitar,  Kristin Garson on fiddle) showed wonderful talent with lots of fine improvisation throughout the musical and dance numbers. "  (Bob Anthony , AllArtReviews)


Performing in Downtown Prescott, AZ,  September 2010

Monsoon Magazine, February 2006, Vol. 2, Number 2

Passion is the best way to describe Rio Flamenco.  The rhythms are riveting as they are beat out by guitar, drums and the staccato of feet hitting floor.   This is an engaging dance.  The women pound out a message with their feet, flourish their skirts and look you straight in the eye.  You have to love it.

For Antonio, his love for flamenco began 25 years ago while living in France.  Knowing Tony had a deep interest in playing guitar, a friend brought him to some caves where the gypsies lived.  Tony proudly played a Brazilian piece on his guitar; one of the gypsy men then picked up a guitar and blew Tony away with the flamenco music.  That day began years of playing and studying for Tony.  Tony says that flamenco is full of passion and life; it has more life than most musical forms.


Ana

There are many different rhythms within flamenco, it is always changing and evolving.  Rio Flamenco follows the more traditional straight forward forms of flamenco.  There is a certain rhythm that the songs are done to; some parts of flamenco are very deep.  Personal strife and struggle are expressed through these dance forms.  Through flamenco you can express all human emotion.

Ana (Anna) had a love for Latin music since her college days.  She was always interested in dance, but never thought she would be a dancer.  Finally her desire won out and she began her study of flamenco.  She has even had private lessons while visiting Spain.  There, she and Tony enjoyed the flamenco clubs, took lessons, and Anna came home with authentic Spanish flamenco dresses.

The gypsy culture is the heart of flamenco.  All the flamencos are somewhat different, the common bond is love for the rhythms, the feeling and the passion is the underlying bond.  There is now a growing flamenco culture within the United States; several colleges have degree programs in flamenco.

 

Sarah Hinson, our new Creative Director, has been dancing since the age of 3, but did not find flamenco until she was 18 years old, and it changed her life. She moved to Albuquerque in 2003 and pursued her dance career at the University of New Mexico. While earning a degree in Dance, Spanish and Philosophy, Sarah became a member of The American Flamenco Repertory Company "Yjastros" under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. She toured and performed as a Professional Member of the company for 5 years, learning the ever deep layers of the art form. Sarah is happy to be back in her home town of Prescott, where she pursues her various artistic curiosities and talents.

 


Daily Courier, The Scene, Friday, February 24, 2006

          “I think American audiences like the more upbeat aspects of traditional flamenco.  We perform for the people in the audience, and their preferences definitely impact the pieces we play for them.  
Not everybody is an aficionado” said Tony.

         “It expresses a universal language of emotion and drama“, Anna said of the music that dates back to the 11th century and mixes guitar and dance with percussion, body and hand movements and passionate facial expression.   In recent years, “The Gypsies realized they could make money doing it for the tourists,” Anna said.


Leova

 Click the photo below for a Google Video of Antonio playing guitar and castanets at the same time. 
with guest artists Armand and Leova.

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