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.
Photo by Tyler BakerDeveloped 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.
“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
2016 – present