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Intermezzo Flamenco May 2011

Santiago Lara Quartet & Mercedes Ruiz

After the success of its third edition, the Dutch Flamenco Biennial presents a new series entitled Intermezzo Flamenco Concerts, opening with two young rising flamenco stars: Santiago Lara (guitar) & Mercedes Ruiz (dance).

'He is like a bullfighter in an arena taking on six bulls,' is how the Spanish press described Santiago Lara, the great promise among the new generation of flamenco guitarists. This student of the famous Manolo Sanlucar will play in the Netherlands for the first time with his own quartet. With his musicians Lara explores new flamenco ground in a ravishing combination of tradition and innovation.

Bailaora Mercedes Ruiz, one of the greatest stars of the current time, will frame Lara's jazzy flamenco compositions with graceful and passionate dance. With Santiago Lara & Mercedez Ruiz, a new crop of flamenco artists opens the new Intermezzo concert series of the Dutch Flamenco Biennial.