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IRENE RIMER, Director  Guitarists Tony Arnold & Roberto Verdi

Julia Quijano, Katherine Harper, Ilene Brill, Victoria Langdon, Ana Diaz,  Robert Adler, Janet Rooney, Singer Carolina Gonzalez, and guitarists Tony Arnold, Bill Giles, & Roberto Verdi

CORAZON FLAMENCO    Formed by Irene Rimer in May of 2006, Corazon Flamenco is the only professional Flamenco & Classic Spanish troupe based in Alabama. 

The group's goal is the entertainment and education of audiences in in the art and culture of Flamenco, the art of the gypsies, by offering an annual professional performance with guest musicians from Spain, performing at a variety of events in Alabama and sourrounding areas, offering lectures on the origins and roots of Flamenco focusing on schools and universities, teaching dance workshops that include the different rythms of Flamenco, and teaching regular classes for all levels.

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Tony Arnold began studying classical and flamenco guitar in 1960 after seeing his first concert by the great Sabicas. He studied for 8 years with Carlos Ramos, who was, like Sabicas, a student of Ramon Montoya, who first brought the flamenco guitar to the concert stage as a solo instrument. During that time he also worked at the Smithsonian Institution musical instrument restoration laboratory and appeared regularly at the King's Contrivance near Washington D.C. He also played several concerts  with Grigor Grigorian in the Washington area. After serving as a naval officer (1970-1973) he continued to study flamenco guitar with Rafael Morales in Granada, then divided his attention between  flamenco and his education, earning several degrees in geology, and finishing with a PhD from Harvard in evolutionary paleontology under Stephen Jay Gould. He went on to teach geology at Brown University and then at Florida State University where he is now a tenured professor. During this time he continued to pursue his study of flamenco guitar. He and his wife also own and operate an oriental rug store.

       Carolina González has had a love of dancing and singing since childhood. She discovered flamenco in Florida and has been dancing with the Tallahassee flamenco troupe for over two years. Originally from the Basque Country, an area of Spain where flamenco is not very popular, she is mostly intrigued by the rhythmic complexity and force of flamenco music and dance. Carolina is a professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Florida State University.

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