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Percussion & Dance Classes June 8-10, 2004

José Francisco Barroso

José Francisco Barroso was born in Havana and was principal dancer and soloist with the Compania Folklorica Raices Profundas. Since his arrival in the United States, he has conducted master classes and workshops in the Yoruba, Congo and Haitian traditions at a number of different universities and settings.

He began to dance professionally at the age of 18 when he was invited to join Raices Profundas, where he was a principal dancer and soloist. He has performed as a guest artist and choreographer with several companies including YDADE.(Yoruba Drum and Dance Ensemble) and Siguaralla. In 1999, he formed Ebo Okokan, a group dedicated to maintaining the living legacy of dance. music, song, and cultural traditions brought to Cuba in the minds and hearts of Africans torn from their homelands during theslave trade. In addition to folkloric dance, Mr. Barroso's early years as a hip hop dancer won him many competitions in Havana.

Schedule (updated 6/04)

Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Performance, featuring Jose Francisco Barroso, 6/11/04-6/12/04

WHAT: Omó Iré In Concert – Afro-Cuban Music and Dance

WHERE: Miracle Theatre

525 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97214

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 11 & 12, 2004 8:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: $15

RESERVATIONS: Miracle Theatre

503.236.7253

CONTACT: Rebecca Martinez rebeccamartinez@hotmail.com

503.810.5194

Join Omó Iré for two vibrant evenings of Cuban folklore! The eleven-member ensemble, dedicated to learning and performing authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance, brings the oldest traditions of Cuba to life in an exciting presentation celebrating the diverse and enigmatic cultures of the island. With special guests master dancer José Francisco Barroso and percussionist Isidro Valor, this dynamic presentation features the traditions of the Yoruba, the Arará and the Kongolese peoples brought to Cuba as slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Omó Iré pays homage to their Orichas, or deities, through sacred drum rhythms and songs, in addition to performing rousing pieces such as the fiery rumba guaguancó.

The program is accessible to all ages, and of particular interest to musicians and anyone who wishes to discover the roots of Latino music and dance, now enjoying popularity in Portland and throughout the USA.

The show begins at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday June 11-12. Seating is limited. Call Miracle Theater (503) 236-7253 for reservations. Tickets are $15.

BIOGRAPHIES

José Francisco Barroso was born in Havana, Cuba. At the age of 18 he was invited to join the folkloric ensemble Raíces Profundas, where he performed as a principal dancer and soloist. Since his arrival in the United States, he has conducted master classes and workshops in the Yoruba, Congo and Haitian traditions at a number of different universities and settings. In 1995, 1996 and again in 1997 he was awarded the California Arts Council Artist in Residence grant. Under the auspices of this program he teaches ongoing classes in Afro-Cuban dance, music and culture to hundreds of students in the Bay Are. He teaches annually at the Humboldt State University Explorations in Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance workshops. In 1999, he formed Ebo Okokan, a group dedicated to maintaining the living legacy of dance, music, song, and cultural traditions brought to Cuba in the minds and hearts of Africans torn from their homelands during the slave trade.

Omó Iré. Portland’s Afro-Cuban folkloric musical ensemble was formed in 2001 by Erick Herrmann and Jeff Burres. Meaning, "children of good luck, purity and cleanliness" in the Yoruba language, Omó Iré was formed out of the mutual desire of the ensemble members to advance their knowledge of this art form. The ensemble has dedicated itself to learning and performing authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance. The individual members have studied extensively in Cuba or in the United States with Cuban teachers and devote themselves to preserving the traditions of Afro-Cuban music and dance. The ensemble’s inaugural performance was at the Viscount Ballroom in December 2001 with a star-studded cast that included Teresita Domé Pérez and Felipe Villamil of Matanzas, Cuba, Scott Wardinsky, and Miguel Angel Bernal Nodal of Havana, Cuba. Since then, the group has performed at the Portland Rose Festival, Festival Latino, the World Beat Festival in Salem, the PGSCA Cinco de Mayo Festival, the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Eugene, Portland Arts Festival, in addition to performing at Cañita and other venues throughout the city of Portland.

In addition to the performance, Barroso will be giving master dance classes. He, as well as Isidro, are also available for private lessons in dance, song, or percussion.

WHAT: Afro-Cuban folkloric dance classes by Josè Barroso.

WHERE: Center Space

420 SE 6th

Portland, OR 97214

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10 from 6:00-7:30

ADMISSION: $12 – Women, please bring long, full, skirts.

CONTACT: Center Space

503.239.7657

Percussion & Dance Classes June 8-10, 2004

Portland is lucky to have Jose Barroso and Isidro Valor visiting us for the week of June 7th-June 12th. See below for info on classes and performances this week!

Percussion class with Isidro Valor Saturday, June 12th, 1-2:30pm 128 SE 22nd Ave All levels welcomed. Private classes in bata or conga available throughout the week. Please call Erick 503-285-6422 or 359-8170 x252 (8-4) to arrange.

Song class with Isidro Valor Tuesday night June 8th  7:30-8:30

128 SE 22nd Ave $10.

Dance classes with Jose Barroso:

WHAT: Afro-Cuban folkloric dance classes by Josè Barroso.

WHERE: Center Space

420 SE 6th

Portland, OR 97214

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10 from 6:00-7:30

ADMISSION: $12 - Women, please bring long, full, skirts.

CONTACT: Center Space

503.239.7657

 

First Day Project

The 1st First Day Project, was a U.S. tour for a group of All-Star Afro-Cuban Drummers, Singers and Dancers in 2001.

This incredible group was headed by Jesus Alfonso of Los Munequitos de Matanzas
featuring Miguel Bernal, Jose Barroso, and Susana Arenas of Raices Profundas, and Teresita Perez and Sandy Perez of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.

For more info, see www.firstdayproject.org/conjunto1.htm

Oct. 7, '00 Mojuba- Omo Afrika: Giving Praise to the Past, Present and Future of Afrika's Offspring w/ Jose Francisco Barroso & Obakosó and Carlos Aceituno & Fogo Na Roupa Yeba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 8PM

 

Classes : Oakland, Citicentre Dance Theatre, 1428 Alice St. Oakland, CA 94612

*TUES; 7:30pm- 9:00pm
            San Francisco: Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio/ 1158 Mission St.

*THURS; 6:00pm-7:30 pm

Upcoming performance: Collage de la Cultures Africaines:

SAT March 11, 2000; 8:00pm
            Henry J.Kaiser Conv. Ctr : Calvin Simmons Theatre 10th St. Downtown Oakland; $15adv; $20 door

*A showcase of of leading performing companies in African dance & Music culture in the country.

 

May 9 Orisha Cultural Series #7: Yemaya w/José Francisco Barroso & Obákoso. Through performance, demo and lecture, this series focuses on the traditions of the Orisha, Afro-Cuban dieties of Yoruba tradition. La Peña, Berkeley 7:00 PM, $10
June 13 Orisha Cultural Series #8: Chango w/José Francisco Barroso & Obákoso. La Peña, Berkeley 7:00 PM, $10


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