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At our next concert (January 8, 2017):
Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded
female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco
composers. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental
United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse
(1997), Seeing Red (2000), Under the Lemon Tree (2005)
and Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010), have received stellar
reviews from music critics around the world.
Monica Wilson-Roach has been playing cello and bass for over thirty-five years. She was on faculty at the Juilliard School and has performed in the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, the Documenta X in Kessel, Germany, the Jazz and Bluesfest – Live from Wolftrap, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music performances of Donald Byrd's Jazztrain with Grammy Award winning artist, Vernon Reid. She has also written and recorded string arrangements for films including "Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners," "The Main," and "Though A Lens Darkly," featured at Sundance and recipient of the NAACP award. Ms. Wilson-Roach was a featured speaker on the WMHT program "WMHT Talks Education Special," in addition to her band, TEN27, performing pieces from their multimedia concert “The Black Book Project” live on the show. Most recently, she was commissioned to compose a three-movement piece for The Northeast Ballet Company’s new dance suite “The Beach." Monica has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Knitting Factory, Merkin Hall, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center out-of-doors, and The Egg. Currently, she conducts the Empire State Youth Orchestra CHIME in School educational outreach program, TuttiCelli cello choirs, and the Macedonia Chamber Orchestra. In addition to recording on over 25 CDs for various artists, she has also performed with the Lawrence Butch Morris Conduction Project, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.
José Miralles, a life-long Capital District resident and a graduate of Union College, has been playing guitar and writing songs since the mid-1970s. In 2003 he released a CD, Reflections, a collection of 13 original songs and instrumentals in a wide variety of styles ranging from folk and pop, to rock and classical.
José was introduced to Flamenco at a young age during a visit to Spain, where his uncle handed him a Paco de Lucia cassette tape and said (loosely translated), “You should hear this, he can really play!” José has been a student of Flamenco guitar since 2001, and has performed at a variety of venues, including the Turning Stone Casino and Caffé Lena, as well as numerous area establishments, festivals and private functions.
Most recently he has been performing with Maria Zemantauski and Alegria. The group's diverse repertoire also offers a unique opportunity for José to pursue his passion for arranging music.
Brian Melick is a percussive treasure who is known for his unique "hybrid" sound, built from his incredible collection of world music instruments. His sensitivity, musicality, and adaptability lend an eclecticism to Heard (with whom he performed for SJS in 2014), and his playfulness is irresistible to watch and be a part of! He tours regularly with a diverse range of groups ranging musically from Flamenco to Celtic. uduboy.com