LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS and GOYA FOODS is proud to present the four-time Latin GRAMMY Winner DIEGO EL CIGALA as he returns to Lehman Center to perform his world-renowned flamenco on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 8 pm. El Cigala’s collaborations with prominent Latin American artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to son, tango and Afro-Caribbean jazz, leading NPR to identify him as “a musical game-changer, the rare musician who single-handedly alters the direction of a genre.” Opening for Diego El Cigala will be the Spanish vibrant and visionary flamenco pianist and composer ALEX CONDE. Produced by Lehman Center and Leo Tizol.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for DIEGO EL CIGALA on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 8pm are $100*VIP, $65, $55, and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Thursday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The HAVANA CAFÉ, Havana Club Rum and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine, beer, Havana Club Rum & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30 pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. At the reception meet other patrons and the staff of Lehman Center. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Havana Club Puerto Rican Rum. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
DIEGO “EL CIGALA” SALAZAR’S innovative, fiery vocals are rooted in the great flamenco tradition fused with other idioms from the Cuban bolero to the passionate Argentine tango, was born in the El Rastro district of Madrid into a musical family of Romani artists and intellectuals. When he was 12 years old, he won the Certamen Flamenco Joven de Getafe (Madrid flamenco competition for young singers) and an award on the Spanish TV show Gente Joven. As a teenager, he sang for well-known flamenco dancers and on recordings by Camarón, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez and Vicente Amigo. Nicknamed “El Cigala” (the little prawn) because of the enormous vocal passion that pours out of Diego’s small frame, he started his solo career at age 19, gaining popularity in Spain’s flamenco community with a steady stream of Spanish hit albums while singing in local clubs. He recorded his first album Undebel in 1997 and followed up with Entre Vareta y Canasta a year later. 2000 saw the release of the Latin GRAMMY Award-nominated album Corren Tiempos de Alegria, which featured some of the musicians who appeared in the film Calle 54, including Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés and Bronx-born Puerto Rican trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez, In 2003 he recorded Lágrimas Negras with Bebo Valdés, which brought el Cigala international acclaim for its easy fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals. The album was named the Album of the Year by the New York Times’s Ben Ratliff in 2003, saw five GRAMMY nominations including winning the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album, the GRAMMY for Best Music Video, five Amigo Awards, three Musica Awards, and the Ondas Award for Best Flamenco Work. Two years later, his next album, Picasso en Mis Ojos, won the 2006 Latin GRAMMY for Best Flamenco Album. 2009’s album of re-envisioned boleros, ballads, and tangos, Dos Lágrimas, was recorded with all-star musicians in Spain and Cuba and featured three charting singles: “Dos Gardenias”’ “Maria de la O” and “Historia de un Amor.” El Cigala then traveled to Argentina to record the Argentinian tango album Cigala & Tango, which went gold after being initially released only in Spain, Argentina, and Columbia, eventually earning the 2010 Latin GRAMMY for Best Tango Album. Despite an active touring schedule, his next album, Romance de La Luna Tucumana, a boundary-pushing blend of classic Andalusian folk song, tango, and rock, which featured Diego Garcia on guitar, brought home another Latin GRAMMY for Best Tango Album. El Cigala’s latest and first salsa album, Indestructible, was recorded in Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, New York and Miami with a host of Cuban and salsa music legends. Released in October 2016, it is a tribute to El Cigala’s late wife Amparo, and to his mentor, the late, great Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés.
ALEX CONDE, son of legendary Copla singer, Alejandro Conde, Alex Conde is a vibrant and visionary jazz and flamenco pianist and composer who was born into a family of musicians in Spain, started playing classical piano at age four and went onto study at the Conservatorio Jose Iturbi de Valencia, jazz piano at el Liceu de Barcelona, and at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Combining his background of classical, jazz, Spanish religious folklore, and flamenco musical traditions, he released his first album Jazz and Claps in 2009, followed up by Barrio Del Carmen in 2013. Conde has composed for flamenco companies such as AFSB and Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco. His 2015 album, Descarga for Monk, an irresistible combination of Monk’s compositions with the added spice of flamenco flavor, has been received with great accolades.
Alex Conde will be releasing his new CD Origins in May 2018 on the new label Uprising Music, a subsidiary of Ropeadope Records.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2018 Winter/Spring Season is made possible by Goya Foods, Con Edison, TD Bank, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Rudin Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, and the friends of Lehman Center.