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The all-female flamenco quartet Las Migas will bring its unique brand of flamenco to the Wood River Valley from Spain.

    Music lovers will be transported to Spain for a single night this Friday when The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents Spanish flamenco band Las Migas as the first concert in its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series.

    The concert will take place at the Liberty Theater on Main Street in Hailey at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers, while premium seating tickets are $55 for members or $65 for nonmembers. Students 18 and younger pay $15 for regular seating or $27.50 for premium seating.

    An all-female quartet blending flamenco and Mediterranean styles, Las Migas combines classic and contemporary rhythms with melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.

    The four women of Las Migas come from the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Sevilla, Córdoba and Lérida, reflecting the country’s varied geography and cultural diversity.

    The group comprises two guitarists, veteran Marta Robles and newcomer Alicia Grillo, both of whom are Andalusian. The other two members of the band—Alba Carmona on vocals and dance and Roser Loscos on violin—are Catalan. They all came to the group with a shared passion: Flamenco.

    “You can hear it in the rhythms of the guitars, the dancing violin lines and the raw power of the vocals,” The Center wrote in a release.

    “To get a group like Las Migas here to Idaho from Spain is so thrilling,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts at The Center. “They are unique in the flamenco world in so many ways: not only are they an all-female band, they have changed the rhythms from the rigidity of traditional flamenco to happier, more accessible tempos and changed the melodies without losing the music’s trademark intensity. It’s as if they took the best aspects of flamenco and adapted them for a non-flamenco audience.”

    The group formed in 2004, when its members were students at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Spain. According to the band’s website, it formed to create a new kind of flamenco music. The band has three albums: “Reinas del matute” (2010), “Nosotras Somos” (2012) and “Vente Conmigo” (2016). The band has been nominated for a Latin Grammy for best flamenco album for “Vente Conmigo.”

    “Las Migas is going to bring such an incredible energy to the Liberty Theatre, and what an amazing place to see flamenco!” Bretall said. “In such an intimate venue, every seat is fabulous and we expect to sell out, so make sure to plan ahead to guarantee you can be there.”

    As part of The Center’s ongoing arts education, the performers of Las Migas will also work in local schools as part of The Center’s Professional Artist Residency Program. This program is supported by Scott Miley & Jane Rosen and, in part, with funds for International Guitar Night and Socks in the Frying Pan provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and all The Center’s members, donors and annual Wine Auction participants.

Email the writer: akerstetter@mtexpress.com

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