Seffarine Album Release Show
Oct 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:00

$22 Advance
$25 At the Door

Join Seffarine and internationally touring artists for a concert celebrating the release of Seffarine's new CD! The concert will feature live flamenco and Arabic singing, dancing and music and brings artists from Spain, Morocco, Madagascar, France, Iran and the U.S. to the stage.

Guest artists José Cortés and Manuel Gutierrez will be in Portland for one night only, giving Portland a rare chance to experience the passionate singing and dancing of these artists born into Gypsy flamenco tradition.

About the CD:
The record features songs recorded in Jerez, Spain with some of the living legends of flamenco, including Diego del Morao, Tomasa La Macanita and Luis de Perikin. Also on the CD are some of Portland's greatest musicians; Bobak Salehi, Damian Erskine, Bill Athens, Manavihare Fiaindratovo and Kendra Carpenter.

Seffarine's CD and release concert and CD are funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Ticket sales ended Oct 18, 2015 6:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Seffarine | 7:00 PM
Seffarine is a duo formed by Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz.
Lamiae Naki (vocals)- Lamiae is a talented and versatile singer from Fes, Morocco. In Fes, she studied Arabic Andalusi and other forms of classical Arabic music, as well as being exposed to a wide variety of other musics, from hip hop to flamenco. She now lives in Portland performing originals, Arabic, Brazilian and flamenco music.
Nat Hulskamp (flamenco guitar and oud)- was introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano in 1993. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco. After returning to the US, he studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington and began performing professionally as a flamenco guitarist. He now lives in Portland, composing and performing with Seffarine. more >>>
José Cortés | 7:00 PM
José is from an important Gypsy family in Almeria, Spain who won his first singing competiton at age 10 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. He performs internationally, with many of the great artists in flamenco including Belen Lopez, Alfonso Losa, Sergio Arranda, Manuel de la Malena, Juan Ogalla, Javier Serrano, Joselito Vega, María del Mar Moreno, Antonio de la Malena, Mara Martinez, Andrés Peña, Pilar Ortega, Antonio "el Titi," Juan Carmona, Isabel Gazquez and Manuel Gutierrez. more >>>
Born in Montpellier, France to a family from Cordoba, Spain, Manuel surprised his family by performing at age four with no training. Since then he has performed around the world in some of the most prestigious venues with some of the greatest artists in flamenco, including Juan Carmona, Duquende, Chicuelo and Qawwali Flamenco. His recent work “Flamenka” has had much success in London and Paris. This Spring he has been touring with Souad Massi. more >>>
Bobak Salehi | 7:00 PM
Bobak was born in Tehran, Iran and began studying music under the direction of his father Maestro Hossein Salehi, and later violin with Maestro Davood Ganjei. In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as master artist. Bobak has performed regularly on the west coast. Recent collaborations have been the soundtrack of the award-winning film Cathedral Park and two original soundtracks for the world premieres of ICARUS/RISE (2008) and Persian Rite of Spring (2010). more >>>
Damian Erskine | 7:00 PM
Damian is known for his ability to fit into any musical situation, extraordinary reading and improvising skills as well as being an educator and columnist. He has played in the studio or on the stage with the likes of, Peter Erskine, Gino Vannelli, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Les McCann & Javon Jackson, Jeff Lorber, George Colligan, Vardan Ovsepian, Charmaine Neville, Tony Furtado and many others as well as being featured on the "Shed Sessionz Vol. 1" DVD. Seffarine was happy to have Damian with them on their recording sessions in Jerez, Spain. more >>>
A native of Madagascar, Fiaindratovo (Mimy) Manavihare is a hand percussionist, singer, composer and arranger. Mimy started his musical career with several Malagasy music projects, playing both traditional and modern Malagasy music. Mimy graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003, and was awarded the Roy Haynes Award from the Zildian Company.
He led his band Fikira in 2007 on a tour of Madagascar after receiving an alumni grant from Berklee to help promote the importance of music education for both professional and young musicians in Madagascar. In addition to playing his own compositions, Mimy has also performed with a wide range of musicians in the US, including composer Chie Imaizumi, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, composer Osvaldo Golijov, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. more >>>