Flamenco duo opens tour on Whidbey

Savannah Fuentes and Diego Amador Jr. kick off their extensive fall tour at Freeland Hall Oct. 25.

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes and singer/multi-instrumentalist Diego Amador Jr., direct from Seville, kick off their extensive fall tour at the Freeland Hall on Whidbey Island at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, according to a press release.

Fuentes’s latest show, “Rayn: Flamenco for a New World,” is a new beginning for the busiest Flamenco dancer in the Pacific Northwest. Rayn symbolizes the fresh new start that comes after a rainfall while also paying homage to Fuentes’s Seattle roots.

Rayn is a unique blend of authentic Spanish Flamenco music and powerful innovative dance. This event is part of an extensive tour.

Fuentes and Amador have forged a unique artistic partnership, performing throughout Washington, Oregon, and California since 2019.

Fuentes, a Flamenco dancer and producer, is the only touring artist in the Pacific Northwest region with deep connections to Flamenco culture, presenting “real Flamenco, straight and stunning,” according to Regina Hackett of the Seattle Post Intelligencer. She has independently produced and danced in over 400 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco artists, including Amador, Saray Munoz and Jesus Montoya.

Fuentes was born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry. Her fascination with Flamenco dance (baile) and singing (cante) came to her in early childhood, fueled by watching a Flamenco performance on television “…and, although I was just a child, I felt an immediate connection to the art form,” she said.

Fuentes considers Flamenco a lifelong study, an artistic journey she began in her late teens that continues to this day. She has studied with many notable Flamenco artists including Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru and Isabel Bayon. Fuentes attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.

Accompanied by her notable guest artists, Fuentes tours the West Coast regularly bringing delighted audiences authentic, passionate Flamenco performance art, often performing for communities that would otherwise be unable to enjoy this unique art form.

From Seville, Amador was born into flamenco royalty. His father is the celebrated flamenco pianist/composer Diego Amador and his uncles are Rafael and Raimundo Amador (Pata Negra). The 29-year-old Amador is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist who recently released his first full-length album, Presente en el Tiempo.

From a very young age, he began performing and touring with some of Spain’s top flamenco artists, including Remedios Amaya, La Susi, Lole Montoya, Farruquito and Joaquín Cortés. He has also worked alongside jazz greats such as Pat Metheny, Bireli Lagrene and Charlie Haden. Known mainly as a Flamenco singer, he also plays guitar, piano, and percussion.

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Savannah Fuentes is one of the premier Flamenco dancers in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo provided Savannah Fuentes is one of the premier Flamenco dancers in the Pacific Northwest.