Get ready to rumba flamenco

Tesoro set to head showcase of music, dance from Spain
2013-07-11T00:00:00Z 2013-07-11T10:28:43Z Get ready to rumba flamencoErnesto Portillo Jr. Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The palpitating sounds of rumba flamenco will resonate at the Rialto Theatre Friday night with Tucson's Tesoro and friends.

While the electrifying music of Southern Spain is rare in Southern Arizona, the flamenco-fueled Tesoro will fill the void.

Billed as "Noche de Flamenco Musica y Danza with Tesoro," Friday's all-ages show also includes flamenco/classical/tango guitarist Gabriel Ayala and his trio, Belly Dance Tucson troupe, flamenco dancer Macarena Giraldez and mariachi trumpet player Ruben Moreno. Tesoro will present a mix of original and standards.

For Justin Fernandez, Tesoro's co-founder, the flamenco dance and music show will be a fun, lively night among friends.

"Couldn't be more excited about it," said Fernandez, who plays guitar and sings. Other member of Tesoro include co-founder Brian Scott on guitar, co-founder Andrew McClarron on bass, cajon and vocals, lead vocalist Efisio Giordanelli and Gabriel Kaiser on drums and cajon.

Another featured artist will perform with a paint brush. Jessica Gonzales, a local muralist, will work on a mural during Tesoro's set.

For Tesoro, one of the highlights will be performing with Ayala, an award-winning guitarist who has performed across the country. Ayala will perform with his trio and will share the stage with Tesoro.

"He continues to do innovative things," Fernandez said of Ayala who also incorporates jazz styling into his music.

Tesoro, too, incorporates other rhythms and genres in its version of flamenco rumba. With two guitars and two percussionists, Tesoro fuses rock and jazz riffs along with its Andalusian rooted music.

The group has two live recordings, 2011's "Live in Studio 2A," recorded at KXCI-FM, and last year's "Live at Hotel Congress." The group is preparing its first studio release at Waterworks Recording Studio.

Fernandez said the yet-to-be-named recording is expected to be released in September.

"Everything is coming together," Fernandez said.

If you go

• What: Noche de Flamenco Musica y Danza with Tesoro.

• When: 8 p.m. Friday.

• Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

• Cost: Tickets: $12, all ages.

Ernesto "Neto" Portillo Jr. is editor of La Estrella de Tucsón. He can be reached at 573-4187 or at netopjr@azstarnet.com

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