Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray)
$22 Adults (prepaid online) / $25 Adults (at the door)
$5 Students (18 years and under)
Cash Bar Available
Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion performs to sold-out audiences a broad fusion of Flamenco with European and Indian classical, Afro-Caribbean music and Jazz that has been described as “melodic, passionate, [and] intricate original compositions.”
The quintet is comprised of Miguel Espinoza, hailed as one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world; Lynn Baker on saxophone; Dianne Betkowski playing cello; electric bassist Randy Hoepker and Andy Skellenger on tabla and cajon.
“A remarkable balance between individual skill, ensemble understanding and overall excitement.” – Jeff Kaliss (Music Wire)
Flamenco guitarist Miguel Espinoza is described by Guitar Player Magazine as “mesmerizing,” Espinoza is much more than a virtuosic technician. Whether his lightning-fast fingers are skittering across the fretboard, fluttering over the sound hole like percussive hummingbird wings or skillfully drawing achingly beautiful melodies out of the strings, Espinoza’s award-winning compositions create an exotic, intoxicating musical elixir of flamenco fusion–one that is as sonically exciting as it is emotionally moving.
Joining Miguel is a truly all-star collection of musicians from a variety of musical heritages. On saxophone and percussion is Origin Arts recording artist and Grammy Nominated jazz educator Lynn Baker. Cellist Dianne Betkowski brings her acclaimed classical music experiences, having performed in the Utah, St. Louis, and Honolulu Symphony orchestras and is the founder and former director of Denver Eclectic Concerts. Adding the bottom is fretless electric bassist Randy Hoepker. Randy brings with him a wide variety of expertise including jazz studies at the University of Northern Iowa, and is the founding music director of Colorado Brass. Rounding out the ensemble is percussionist Andy Skellenger who contributes elements from Indian Classical Music and the drumming traditions of Peru,Cuba, and Spain on tabla and cajon.
“Miguel Espinoza is a mesmerizing guitarist.” (Guitar Player Magazine)
“Espinoza is one of the most acclaimed flamenco guitarists in the world…” – Bruce Pilato (Gannett News Service)
“Miguel Espinoza [is] one of the best flamenco guitarists in the United States. The director was a huge fan of his, and since we needed to feature a flamenco guitarist throughout the score, we flew him in from Denver. Miguel is a freak show. He could do things on the guitar that my brain couldn’t comprehend. I would watch his fingers erupt effortlessly across the strings, but it never seemed to match the sounds I was hearing. Every time he touched a string, I was in awe. He’s a flamenco virtuoso and an absolute pleasure to collaborate with.” – Brian Satterwhite (Composer for the IMAX film Ride Around the World)
Espinoza has performed both nationally and internationally at notable venues (Red Rocks, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Theater, Chatauqua Auditorium, Denver Botanic Gardens) and has shared the stage with artists such as Kitaro, Tuck and Patti, Rita Moreno and Ben Vereen. He has also composed and recorded music for feature films and documentaries. In addition to performing, he offers private lessons, workshops and master classes.