Led by Sebastian Sanchez
Sebastian Sanchez is a Spanish flamenco dancer renowned and reputable in many countries of the world. Sebastian presents to the audience his concept of “flamenco puro” (authentic flamenco). Flamenco is an ideal combination of art, passion and mathematics. And Sebastian is one of those, who know its formula. His art-projects make audience feel and enjoy the real magic of flamenco, as if they came to Spanish Andalusia – the most heart of flamenco art.
SEBASTIAN SANCHEZ (DANCE)
Sebastian lived in Andalusia for many years, and there flamenco became his passion and meaning of life. The dancer studied flamenco in the schools of Seville and Jerez under supervision of such renowned masters as Rafael Campallo, Manuel Betanzos, Andres Peña, Juan de los Reyes and Alejandro Granados. Sebastian has performed numerous times at flamenco festivals in Russia and Finland, scored leading roles in dance shows in Spain, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Baltic States, Russia and Belarus. But it is exactly in Russia, in Moscow, where Sebastian opened his School of Flamenco. At present the artist spends most of his time in Australia, Spain and other European countries, teaches, performs and continues refining his mastership.
ELENA TASKAEVA (DANCE)
Elena Taskaeva was recognized as one of the best flamenco dancers in Russia.
Elena started trying herself in choreography in 1999. She began her professional career as a dancer and a dance teacher in 2002 (participation in dance and theatrical and dance projects of various choreographic styles, work in fitness industry). In 2003-2004 she received training at the Faculty of Choreography of the Moscow State Institute of Culture and Art and the Institute of Modern Art, in 2004 she had a training course for choreographers at the Moscow Institute of Modern Art. Elena has taught flamenco since. In 2007 together with her colleague Katerina Oparysheva she opened the school “Barrio Flamenco”. Since 2013 she has been running the project “FlamencoAndalu” in co-operation with Sebastian Sanchez.
TATIANA SHISHKOVA (VOICE)
Tatiana Shishkova is a professional singer, vocal coach, vocalist in the bands “Marimba Plus”, “Flamencura”, she is a virtuoso singer of world music, sings Spanish flamenco and her voice carries her listeners’ souls to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea under the rays of Andalusian sun.
Tatiana was born in Germany. She lived several years in Saint-Petersburg, and moved to Moscow. In 2006 she graduated the Moscow College of Improvised Music on a class of vocal singing.
Her main artistic practices include: studying and performance of Russian, African, Cuban, Spanish folk music, participation in artistic musical projects, theatrical productions, as well as participation in culturological expeditions and vocal coaching.
Tatiana Shishkova works in the genres of flamenco and latino: rumba, salsa, bossa-nova, has a vast experience in working with flamenco musicians and dancers from Spain, Argentina and Mexico, listing Adrian Sanchez (Granada, Spain), Javier Gomez, Sebastian Sanchez, Juan Aguirre, Yasaray Rodrigez, Leonor Leal (Seville, Spain), Cuky Santiago, Pablo Oliva (Cadiz, Spain), Jose Sierra Flores, Clarisa di Salvo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Javier Malaguilla, David de Jose, Raul Levia (Barcelona, Spain), Ana Pruneda (Mexico, Mexico), Domingo Ortego (Jerez, Spain).
VLADIMIR SLOBODIN (GUITAR)
Vladimir Slobodin is one of the best guitar players in Saint-Petersburg, working in a quite difficult genre of flamenco, which he mastered both under supervision of renowned flamenco guitar players, and individually. Acknowledged by professionals and audiences, he can play any melody, as if it were played by a native Andaluzian.
In 2001 he graduated the College of Music named after Mussorgsky on a class of classical guitar, and from 2001 till 2006 studied at Herzen University on a class of guitar. While refining and polishing up his skills, Vladimir have studied a variety of musical styles and genres, but it was exactly flamenco, which he set his heart on.
Vladimir Slobodin has taken part and is still participating in different flamenco events: in stage productions “Frida”and “Joan of Arc”(producer and choreographer Natalia Zaykova), “Picasso” (producer Jonathan Sanchez Fernandez (Spain), in the project “El Tebi”. Numerous times has taken part in international flamenco festivals “Viva Espana” and “Polar flamenco” and many others. Cooperated with such musicians as Yoel Gonzalez (Cuba), Tono Alcalde (Spain), Jose Ismael Sierra Flores (Spain), Manuel Torres Cabezas (Germany), with dancers Jonathan Sánchez Fernández (Spain), Clarisa Di Salvo (Spain). Performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Works with the bands “Flamma”, “Tierra Gitana”, “Sombreros”, “Cuba Neo”.
The musician won the annual international flamenco festival “VIVA Espana” 2013 (Moscow) in the category “Best musical performance”, and became the winner of the international competition “Virtuosos of Guitar S.-Petersburg 2017” in the category of Flamenco Guitar.