The Flamenco Poets Society – Café Cantante Series.
Celebrating the music of Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), one of the greatest composers of piano music from Spain. Although becoming blind at age three, he wrote highly original piano music of great brilliance and passion and is best known for Concierto de Aranjuez and the Fantasia para un gentilhombre.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), is perhaps the most important Spanish poet and dramatist of the twentieth century. Lorca is credited with revitalizing Spanish poetry and theater, and composed such masterpieces as Romancero gitano ( Gypsy Ballads) and Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías ( Lament for a Bullfighter), Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding) and Yerma.
Our special guests: Hsin-Jung Tsai, is a musician, composer & pianist. She studied at CUNY graduate center in New York and performed at Carnegie Hall. Hsin-Jung has collaborated for films & theater throughout Asia and the U.S. and received composition awards and grants from the Asia American Research Institute. Ms. Tsai resides in Houston and for several years served as the administrator for the Houston Composers Salon. She is an educator and an incredible pianist with great natural eloquence. Currently, Hsin-Jung is the Artist-in-Residence for The Flamenco Poets Society, Café Cantante Series.
Mr. Shawn Renzoh Head, musician, composer and Master Shakuhachi performer. Shawn earned his Shihan degree at 22 and became the youngest non-Japanese Shihan in shukahachi. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has traveled throughout Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S. as a soloist and lecturer. He continues to build a bridge between the east & west by composing his own works and commissioning others to build the repertoire for shakuhachi.
Alex Kalamarides - was born in Athens, Greece and is Managing Director and General Partner of IntelliClear Inc. For over twenty-five years Alex has organized very popular annual poetry events for the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas celebrating Greek poets such as Constantine Cavafy, Nikos Kazantzakis, and Yannis Ritsos. His love for literature includes Federico Garcia Lorca and Homero Aridjis. Dr. Kalamarides will be the guest reader for the society’s Café Cantante Series 2019 featuring the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.
The Flamenco Poets Society is pleased to present this amazing event of music and poetry to Houston audiences.