TIERRA DE LUZ - LAnd of Light

Spain, land of light. Music, stories, and images, inspired by the poetry of Federico García Lorca, interpreted through dance, song, and music, infused with flamenco.

Tierra de luz, cielo de tierra.
Land of light, sky of earth.

– Federico García Lorca
This project began as a collaboration between singer Linda Miller and flamenco dancer Anastassiia ‘La Musa’ Alexander, inspired by Spanish classical music, flamenco, and poetry by Federico García Lorca. In one of his poems, Lorca referred to Spain as Tierra de Luz, which inspired the name of our project. Together with Mexican flamenco guitarist and singer Ricardo Sánchez and violinist Jonathan Lewis, of 12 Musas Flamenco, we explore music by Granados, Manuel de Falla, Villa-Lobos, and songs collected by Lorca himself, through the lens of Spanish classical and flamenco music/dance.
Anastassiia Alexander
Linda Faye Stead
Jonathan Lewis
Ricardo Sanchez
Ricardo Sanchez
“Tierra de Luz,” meaning Land of Light, takes its name from Federico García Lorca’s poetic description of Spain. The numerous songs that he compiled from the music of Andalusia region have become the foundation of this Opera-Flamenco fusion project.

Photo by Tyler Baker

Developed over the past year and a half, Tierra de Luz thrills its audiences with the vivacious rhythms and improvisational style of flamenco brought to virtuoso heights by flamenco guitarist and singer Ricardo Sánchez and violinist Jonathan Lewis. Flamenco dancer Anastassiia ‘La Musa’ Alexander brings her impressive flamenco footwork and movement to traditional and modern dramatic dance interpretations. Soprano Linda Faye Stead brings her soaring voice to contrasting selections from Spanish opera telling the gypsy story in the classical genre of Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados. In the Lorca songs we hear the opera singer drawn into the land of flamenco, exploring musical and tonal improvisation inspired by the text and the musical collaboration with Sánchez and Lewis, and Alexander’s flamenco dancing, creating a unique musical and dramatic experience for the audience. Tierra de Luz performed in March and November 2019 in Calgary to sold out audiences, and is preparing to release their first CD in 2020. Live performances and studio recordings feature original compositions by Lewis and Sánchez along with unique renditions of the Lorca songs by Stead, Lewis, and Sánchez.



Bulerias de Pepito (composition by Jonathan Lewis) –Spotify
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Apple MusicBachianas Brasileiras No.5 (performed by Linda Faye Stead) – Download


“Hearing and seeing Tierra de Luz was an experience that moved me deeply. The artistry that wove the various genres together resulted in a unique musical voice. From dazzling technical virtuosity to passionate expression in both music and dance; it left my face in tears and my soul uplifted.”

– Konrad Pluta, Musical Director Stage West

“ …Tierra de Luz …an exciting blend of unique artists who provide visual delight, aural bliss and dynamic and passionate performances…a thrilling and emotional experience for audiences…

– Frances Ginzer, International Opera Singer, Recipient of 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

“Zorongo conveys the complexity around human suffering and bewilderment with life. The haunting vocals and spirited flamenco instrumentation fuse together creating a harmonious display of emotional discovery. This music is in a class of its own.”

– Jay Manuel, TV host, Author, Creative Director


Machinations of Memories Suppressed
July 2020 // coming soon

Creative Residency at Vancouver flamenco festival 2019
Sept 2019 // coming soon

De(Re)-Construct: Dance (Re)-Born
2018 – present // coming soon

2019 co-production with Fiona Malena

Tierra de Luz
2019 – present

12 Musas
2016 – present