Volver is a celebration of the poetic heart of flamenco: the music of the first cry, the first kiss, a call to prayer, the heart’s lament, the joy of living. The poetry of Leonard Cohen, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rumi and Violeta Parra is put to the soulful song of Flamenco. From Spain, the Middle East and the US, performers interpret the fierce, sensual, heartbreaking and joyful aspects of human experience that unite us all.
Volver returns to the Moorish roots of flamenco with a first-time collaboration between master musicians Amir-John Haddad and Ali Paris, Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan, and gypsy flamenco singer José Cortés. These internationally renowned musicians create a stunning score for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company’s original choreography.
From Spain, the Middle East and the US, performers interpret the fierce, sensual, heartbreaking and joyful aspects of human experience that unite us all in this new collaboration directed by Kerensa DeMars.
Amir-John Haddad - Musical Direction, Guitar, Oud, Buzuki
Ali Paris - Qanun, Vocals
José Cortés - Cante
Faisal Zedan - Percussion
Daniel Fries - Bass
Manuel Gutierrez - Dance, Choreography
Melissa Cruz - Dance, Choreography
Bianca Rodriguez - Dance
Kerensa DeMars - Artistic Direction, Dance, Choreography
José Cortés (Vocalist - Cantaor) hails from a renowned Spanish gypsy Flamenco family. His singing career began at age 10 in Jerez de la Frontera where he won first place in the Youth Competition of Flamenco Singers. In his formative years, he was deeply influenced by his mentor, the great Flamenco singer, Camarón de la Isla. José has been performing and touring internationally for 30 years and has performed in prestigious international Flamenco festivals like Nimes and Mont de Marsan, and with many of the world’s most accomplished Flamenco artists. José has twice been nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for musical excellence in dance accompaniment.
Faisal Zedan (Percussion), born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Oum Dbaib, Syria, grew up impassioned with the Derbakki drum. At 15, he embarked on a journey of learning through exposure to a wide repertoire of Arabic classical and contemporary music. A great love for the drumming and years of practice resulted in a mastery of Arabic percussion instruments. Arriving in California in 1992, Faisal met UCLA's noted ethnomusicology professor Dr. Ali Jihad Racy and, at his invitation, joined the acclaimed UCLA Near East Music Ensemble. This was the beginning of an international musical career dedicated to the transformative power of rhythm. Faisal is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works regularly as a performer, collaborator and teacher.