Alfonso Cid and Itamar Borochov
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For our fourth installment of the Parallax Conversation series we are thrilled to bring together the virtuosic, Spanish Flamenco singer, Alfonso Cid, with unique Israeli trumpeter-composer, Itamar Borochov. You might ask what these two could possibly have in common, they've both worked with the famous Jewish-Moroccan liturgist Rabbi Haim Louk for starters, but that's what we hope you'll join us to find out!
More about the participants:
Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of Flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer from Triana, a Flamenco enclave in Seville, and his grandfather, an aficionado of Flamenco were his earliest influences. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant Flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena since 1987. Alfonso enrolled at the Seville Conservatory in 1990 to study flute and music theory. For the following 5 years he received a classical training. He also attended the classes at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Art in 2007 and 2008 in Sevilla, Spain, where he studied with maestro Paco Taranto and the new talent of Rocío Márquez and Elena Morales.
In 1997 Alfonso moved to the United States, since then he is based in New York City. He has made many guest appearances at important venues including Madison Square Garden, American Airlines Arena (Miami), Amway Center (Orlando) and Staples Center (Los Angeles) with the popular Latin artist Romeo Santos. He had the honor of recording backing vocals in the song titled "Mi Santa" by Santos in which the great flamenco guitarist Tomatito was a featured guest artist. He also performed at the 92 Y with singer songwriter and peace activist David Broza; Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Town Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall and Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City to name a few. He has worked with all of the significant artists in the flamenco ambiance through out the USA, performing and touring in the Tri-State area, Washington DC, San Francisco, Portland, OR; Chicago, Detroit, Kentucky, Toronto, Ottawa, British Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Spain. Since February of 2008 he has been teaching flamenco "cante" (flamenco song) at Flamenco Latino Studios and has given several flamenco "cante" for dance workshops at Lotus Music and Dance Studios. That includes a series of lecture/demonstrations in 2010, 2011 and 2012 titled "El Baile Flamenco" in which he shares the structure of flamenco singing, guitar playing and choreography. In partnership with Carlota Santa's Flamenco Vivo Alfonso produced in 2010 "La Música Flamenca" (The Flamenco Music) for the Lincoln Center Institute.
Itamar Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the Jazz tradition, Borochov's search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan- African musical sensibilities - a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city. Itamar fell in love with Jazz in his teens, and dedicated himself to its study, eventually moving to New York in 2006, to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There he studied with Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater, Jo Chambers, and quickly gained international recognition as a young innovator on today's Jazz scene. Since then, Itamar has had the privilege to both perform and record with legendary artists such as Curtis Fuller, Candido Camero, Arnie Lawrence, Bobby Sanabria, Aaron Goldberg, Greg Tardy, and Omer Avital.
While deeply immersed in the Jazz tradition, Borochov's search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love the musical traditions of the Arab world. Resulting in collaborations with the great Jewish-Moroccan liturgist Rabbi Haim Louk, the world music phenomenon Debka Fantasia, The New Jerusalem Orchestra, and Israeli rock singer Dudu Tassa. In 2009, his good friends and collaborators, Ravid Kahalani and Omer Avital, invited Itamar to become a core member of the world music sensation Yemen Blues and to help build its unique sound. Itamar Has performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the globe, such as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), Summer Stage at Central Park (NY), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Ethnoport Festival (Poland), and more. He has performed at music showcases such as Babel Med (France), Womex (Denmark), and International Exposure (Israel). Nowadays, Itamar is quickly gaining international recognition as a young Jazz innovator. His music reflects on his rich global-landscape through the Jazz tradition. We can't wait to hear where he goes next.