TEACHERS’ TEAM – CRISOL 2016

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ALASDAIR FRASER

Is one of the great masters of Scottish folk music. Born in Clackmannan, he discovered the fiddle at age 8, and it has accompanied him ever since. In 1973 he won the “National Mod” fiddle competition, and after graduating from university with a degree in physics he decided in 1985 to dedicate his life to music.

He is an exquisite performer, both dynamic and delicate, who has inspired millions of fiddlers around the world with his albums, performances and, for more than 20 years, his fiddle camps in Scotland and California. Now also in Spain.

His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of several major films, including Titanic, Last of the Mohicans, Wyatt Earp and The Spitfire Grill.

He formed the band Skyedance, whose very special latest album, “Live in Spain”, featured collaborations with some of the most important musicians from the Iberian Peninsula. Recently, apart from working with his friend and composer Paul Machlis, he has published four delicate and brilliant albums (“Fire and Grace” , “In the Moment”, “Highlander’s Farewell” and “Abundance”) with Natalie Haas. Both are a clear example of his free spirit, musical path and of the perfect duo they form together.

 

Ernesto Briceño

ERNESTO BRICEÑO

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Casey Driessen

CASEY DRIESSEN

Casey Driessen is—like his music—inspired, unconventional and truly original. His distinct and soulful approach to the fiddle has led to collaborations with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Bassekou Kouyate, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Steve Earle, & Zac Brown Band. Driessen’s style of funky fiddle rhythm is quickly earning him the reputation as the leader of “The Chop,” a new percussive bow technique permeating every corner of the fiddle/violin world. A choptastic interpretation of Jerusalem Ridge on his debut record, 3D, earned him a GRAMMY nomination and was hailed a “tour de force” (New York Times). He currently performs as The Casey Driessen Singularity—a one man, one fiddle, one pedal board show of live looping and effects. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Driessen created Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project—a collaborative exploration of rhythm that pairs him with landmark drummers and percussionists and documents these explorations through recordings and videos.

In 2015, Driessen moved to Valencia, Spain, to become the new Director of Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) master’s degree a Berklee College of Music’s recently opened international campus. As program director he’ll assist forward thinking, motivated and talented individuals of all instruments and genres develop their artistry through leveraging technology in their writing, recording and live performance.

And although you can’t hear them (or can you?), you know he’s wearing red shoes.

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BEGOÑA RIOBÓ

Es la violinista por excelencia del panorama folk gallego, comienza su trayectoria profesional en el año 2000 formando parte de la banda del gaitero Carlos Núñez durante una etapa que la llevó a pisar teatros y festivales a lo largo y ancho de los cinco continentes y tocar con primeras figuras del panorama folk, entre los que cabe citar a The Chieftains, Dan Ar Braz, Sharon Sahnon, o Solas; y participar en distintos trabajos discográficos entre ellos “Carlos Nuñez e Amigos” (Sony 2004) Premio de la Música al mejor disco de música tradicional 2005.
Es miembro de la orquesta folk de Galicia “Sondeseu” , ha colaborado en giras con los siguientes artistas, Lizgairo, Anxo Lorenzo, Susana Seivane, y Xosé Manuel Budiño.
Lidera su propia formación: Riobó, con la que ha editado dos trabajos discográficos: “Riobó” (Zouma 2010) y “Quiral” (Sul 2015).
Imparte cursos volcados en la enseñanza del violín en el campo de la música tradicional destacando la participación el “Crisol de Cuerda” el único Fiddle Camp que Alasdair Frase y Natalie Haas organizan en España, o el San Simón Fiddle, campamento de verado orientado a jóvenes violinistas y organizado por la asociación Galicia Fiddle.
Es profesora de arpa céltica en la Escuela Municipal de música folk y tradicional de Vigo ETRAD.

COLIN COTTER

Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4, beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in rendering him a genre-defying folky, unencumbered by traditional convention yet warmly familiar with it. As self-taught guitarist, he has crafted a unique accompaniment style that, in tandem with hard-hitting, poignant songwriting, bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk music and rock. Colin has released 4 studio records of largely original music and has toured internationally as a lead-singer, guitarist, and front-man in several bands while also performing extensively as a guitar accompanist to traditional fiddlers of varying backgrounds.

XOSÉ LIZ

Xosé Liz (flute/guitar/bouzouki) is one of the most active musicians among Galician folk scene. Producer, composer and arranger, he masters plucked string instruments and flutes. He is instructor for these instruments at traditional music academy “e-Trad” in Vigo. He was founder musician of important galician bands in the 90’s such as Beladona, Entretrastes, Lizgairo and Riobó and, he collaborates with internationally known Galician artists such as Uxía, Rodrigo Romaní, Cristina Pato or Anxo Lorenzo.

 

ANA ROSSI

She has come a long way in her musical education, through l’Aula de Jazz i Música Moderna del Conservari del Liceu, and still on her way with Anna Catalá and the Voice Craft technique. She has intensified more on singing, ear education and harmony, but also studied piano, dance, and guitar.
Her professional career includes various styles (argentinian and latin-american folk, Iberian folk, MPB, jazz, pop …), sharing the scene with excellent musicians, such as Elisabet Raspall, Albert Bover, Juan Quintero, Juan Pablo Chapital, Mario Rossy, Marcelo Mercadante, Aleix Tobias, Xavi Lozano, Juan Quintero y Luna Monti, Martín Laportilla, Julio Santillán, Paulinho Lêmos, Eliseo Parra… .
She also posseses a rich experience as a teacher in several schools, teaching voice and body percussion to children as well as adults, among other disciplines.

 

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NATALIE HAAS

Natalie’s youth has not stopped her from recording several albums and collaborating with many important musicians. She comes from a classical music background, but she began to be interested in Celtic music when she first came to Alasdair’s Valley of the Moon camp at the age of 11. Alasdair Fraser encouraged her to explore the rhythmic and harmonic basis that cello once had in traditional Scottish music. Now she is a musical reference of incredible creativity and generosity.

 

MARTÍN MELENDEZ

Born in Moscow, 1982, from cuban parents, from a young age he begins his music studies with the cello, en La Habana, Cuba. Used to improvise, his musical taste takes inspiration from the Jazz, the Cuban music, the Funk, and the Flamenco; he develops a fascinating style of his own, taking the cello to a new language. Nowadays he lives in Barcelona, where he is a member of Aupa Quartet.
He has collaborated in recordings, and shared the scene, with artists like Pablo Milanés , Chano Dominguez ,Macaco , Dorantes ,Renuad Garcia-Fons, Yusa, Descemer Bueno ,Kiko Veneno Reynald Colom, among others.
This year he participates, for the third time in a row, in Crisol de Cuerda Fiddlecamp (2016). Also, he has been invited, as a teacher of modern cello, to the Barcelona Fiddle Congress (2016)

 

JOSÉ RAMÓN ROCHA

León, 1963, it’s hot there. A Coruña 1967, it is raining.
The music awakens among guitars around the neighborhood and the beaches. At 16, the conservatory. Only some people worth remembering.
Nani García, Xosé Manuel Eirís, some folk … at this stage, too little self-confidence and no voice of his own at this stage … and then, in his twenties, the Xoven Orquestra de Galicia was just too much. Hence, cello gets locked away.
Then it came the work in the office. 10 years later, Nirvana and the “Red Hot” rescue this poor cello … and the blues, always the blues!!.
Around the year 2000, he starts teaching in Ribeira … love and death. He moves to Cangas, until today, where he keeps on teaching. And an old dream: unlike a coin, lefi has got more than sides, things can be other way.
Eugene Friesen (el Trio Globo), one sound, the voice.
He plays at popular celebrations and pubs. Traditional music and recorded music to play on fearless … that’s his school.
And at last, Alasdair and Natalie: the old dream made real, learning to love your own voice.
Now his part of San Simón Fiddle, offering what he never had.
And of course there still are things to say, but who can stuff the sea in a bottle?

 

BLANCA ALTABLE

Blanca Altable (1984) is one of the few fiddlers in the traditional scene in Castilla. She begins her studies of classic violin at 5 years of age, but soon she devotes herself to the fiddle, since hers is a family of traditional musicians.
With a particular and creative vision, she makes much of her repertoire from the dulzaina, her field work as a fiddler consisting in adapting scores for dulzaina to the fiddle. Particularly, music from the center and north of Castilla, since her grandfather, Simón Altable, was a dulzaina player, and started Blanca in the oral tradition from this region.
Out of this field work, she has co-founded two projects: Blanca Altable & Chuchi² y Cira Qu; And also participated in other folk projects like El Hombre Folkíbero & Cía.
Always in search and study, her advanced education as a fiddler grows with her participation in international fiddlecamps in California, New York and Scotland, getting closer to places and social environments where fiddle music happens in a vernacular and spontaneous way … Galicia, Basque Country, Quebec, Scotland, USA.
She has got opportunity of playing in scenarios and festivals all over Spain, showed her music in the USA, Africa and part of Europe, and participated in projects like VocalizÁfrica, Nélida Karr, Vallarna, Dario Bontempi, Salvador Amor, Pure Hemp, Sammy Jankis, Kasparov Vs Deep Blue, Roberta Medley, Sons d’ Cabiella…
She is an increasingly demanded teacher as well, committed with the personalized and creative education.

 

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Jesús Enrique Cuadrado “Chuchi”

Jesús Enrique “Chuchi” is a big name in folk contemporary guitar world in Spain. His versatility and style have made him be one of the most precious guitar players in the Iberian Peninsula folk scene. Cofounder of Vallarna, the Buho Dinámico duo with bouzoukist Carlos Martín Aires and the awarded folk duo Blanca Altable & Chuchi⎮.
As guitarist, composer or arranger he has worked with Folkfussion, A Gramalleira (recording with Goyo Yebes from Celtas Cortos), Celtas Cortos (folk cover of Retales de una Vida), Xerfa, María Salgado and Anxo Lorenzo (Galician pipes virtuoso).
He has been taught by renowned guitarists from Spain, Scotland and US such as Tony Macmanus, William Coulter, Scott Law, Carlos Beceiro, Raúl Olivar and Yann Falquet to say just a few. His curiosity about new musical styles and his broad background make him to be one of the most demanded musicians among the Castilian and Spanish folk scene.

MARÍA SÁNCHEZ

In 1998 she starts her training in figure skating. Six years later she starts teaching skating to different groups both for leisure and competition, which she has been doing to the present day.
In 2005 she discovers the world dances and the European Bal Folk. She falls in love with this genre of music and dance and that feeling impels her to participate in plenty of festivals and workshops across Europe.
In 2011 she collaborates with Juan Ramón Campos and his initiative for teaching Bal Folk in a self-managed center in Madrid: “CSA Tabacalera”, which continues today. From this moment she starts imparting her own traditional dance workshops, both in solitary and in workshop-concerts with different groups from the current folk scene in Spain and Portugal.
Her dancing training suffers a great transformation in 2011, when she discovers the tango. It becomes a significant element in her professional development, dedicating a main part of her teaching activity to this area.
In 2015, along with Franceso Palmeri, founds the association Folqué? promoting the Bal Folk by organizing classes, workshops, concerts and other events.

DAVID AZNAR

Nacido en Zaragoza. Acordeonista que lleva más de 20 años tocando el acordeón cromático de teclado de piano. Inició su formación con el acordeonista navarro Ángel Calonge de quien recibió clases durante 12 años. Completó su formación sumergiéndose en el mundo de la música tradicional. Hoy sigue aprendiendo y apostando por este instrumento cada vez más en desuso. Con su actual proyecto, Vegetal Jam, ha participado en importantes festivales de Bal Folk en España, Francia y Portugal. También ha formado parte de diversos proyectos musicales: Música sudamericana, jota aragonesa, músicas del mundo, con los que ha recorrido Polonia, Rumania, Hungría, Bosnia, Italia y Francia. Concibe la música como un medio de expresión con el que pintar emociones y bailar sueños.

 

TEACHERS’ TEAM – CRISOL 2015

FIDDLE

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FIDDLE FOR BEGINNERS

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CELLO

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GUITAR

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VOICE

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BODY-PERCUSSION

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FIDDLE

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CELLO

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GUITAR

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CHROMATIC ACCORDION

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DANCE

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Alasdair_Fraser

ALASDAIR FRASER

Is one of the great masters of Scottish folk music. Born in Clackmannan, he discovered the fiddle at age 8, and it has accompanied him ever since. In 1973 he won the “National Mod” fiddle competition, and after graduating from university with a degree in physics he decided in 1985 to dedicate his life to music.

He is an exquisite performer, both dynamic and delicate, who has inspired millions of fiddlers around the world with his albums, performances and, for more than 20 years, his fiddle camps in Scotland and California. Now also in Spain.

His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of several major films, including Titanic, Last of the Mohicans, Wyatt Earp and The Spitfire Grill.

He formed the band Skyedance, whose very special latest album, “Live in Spain”, featured collaborations with some of the most important musicians from the Iberian Peninsula. Recently, apart from working with his friend and composer Paul Machlis, he has published four delicate and brilliant albums (“Fire and Grace” , “In the Moment”, “Highlander’s Farewell” and “Abundance”) with Natalie Haas. Both are a clear example of his free spirit, musical path and of the perfect duo they form together.

HANNEKE CASSEL

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.

BASILE BRÈMAUD

Through the violin and singing, he practices the traditional music from the Massif Central in France (regions of Auvergne, Limousin, Languedoc). He is deeply impressed with the force of this artistic expression, where singing, dancing and instrumental practicing are one. Nowadays, he researches the sound and the energy present in this music. He vividly experiences how its elements turn into movement through the dance bands he has founded (Duo Artense, Tornamai, TRES, la Clèda, Fai Petar).

He puts into perspective his knowledge on historic music (has taken part in the Musiciens de St Julien, under the direction of F. Lazarevic) and the experimental music from the collective La Nòvia (Flux, Trio Puech/Gourdon/Brémaud, la Baracande).

Basile feeds his practice diving into music compilations close to folk musiciens and singers. Also, he has shared with musiciens and collectors who have kept this music alive for 40 years, such as J. M. Delaunay, J. P. Champeval, O. Durif…

From 2000 to 2003, he teaches violin in Brayauds (Departamental Centre of Traditional Musique of Puy de Dôme). In 2003 he is awarded an Academic Diploma of Musical Studies (DEM) on traditional violin in the Regional National Conservatory (CNR) of Limoges. He also owns a Estate Diploma as a teacher of traditional music since 2005.

BLANCA ALTABLE

Blanca Altable (1984) is one of the few fiddlers in the traditional scene in Castilla. She begins her studies of classic violin at 5 years of age, but soon she devotes herself to the fiddle, since hers is a family of traditional musicians.
With a particular and creative vision, she makes much of her repertoire from the dulzaina, her field work as a fiddler consisting in adapting scores for dulzaina to the fiddle. Particularly, music from the center and north of Castilla, since her grandfather, Simón Altable, was a dulzaina player, and started Blanca in the oral tradition from this region.
Out of this field work, she has co-founded two projects: Blanca Altable & Chuchi² y Cira Qu; And also participated in other folk projects like El Hombre Folkíbero & Cía.
Always in search and study, her advanced education as a fiddler grows with her participation in international fiddlecamps in California, New York and Scotland, getting closer to places and social environments where fiddle music happens in a vernacular and spontaneous way … Galicia, Basque Country, Quebec, Scotland, USA.
She has got opportunity of playing in scenarios and festivals all over Spain, showed her music in the USA, Africa and part of Europe, and participated in projects like VocalizÁfrica, Nélida Karr, Vallarna, Dario Bontempi, Salvador Amor, Pure Hemp, Sammy Jankis, Kasparov Vs Deep Blue, Roberta Medley, Sons d’ Cabiella…
She is an increasingly demanded teacher as well, committed with the personalized and creative education.

Natalie_Haas

NATALIE HAAS

Natalie’s youth has not stopped her from recording several albums and collaborating with many important musicians. She comes from a classical music background, but she began to be interested in Celtic music when she first came to Alasdair’s Valley of the Moon camp at the age of 11. Alasdair Fraser encouraged her to explore the rhythmic and harmonic basis that cello once had in traditional Scottish music. Now she is a musical reference of incredible creativity and generosity.

MARTÍN MELENDEZ

Born in Moscow, 1982, from cuban parents, he studied classical cello in the Conservatory Amadeo Roldán and in the I.S.A. in La Habana, Cuba. From an early stage, he carves deep in rythms from modern music, like salsa, flamenco and jazz. This way he takes the cello into a different path, gives it another vision, closer to modernity. He has collaborated in recordings with great musicians like Pablo Milanés, Pavel Urquiza, Lucecita Benítez, Yusa, Haydee Milanés, David Torrens, Chano Dominguez , Reynald Colom. entre otros.
Martin has share the scene with Roberto Carcasés, Descember Bueno, Santiago Feliú, Lenine, Gema y Pavel, Cesar Portillo de la Luz, X Alfonso, Síntesis, Chano Dominguez, Monserrat Caballé, Anthony and the Johnsons, Marina Albero, Antonio Rey , Roxanne Butterfly. Nowadays he lives in Barcelona, and makes part in a number of bands: aupaQuartet, TRAZAquartet, Cordas del Món, Gani Mirzo Band, Flamenco Hoy de Carlos Saura , Ópera y Flamenco.

JOSÉ RAMÓN ROCHA

León, 1963, it’s hot there. A Coruña 1967, it is raining.
The music awakens among guitars around the neighborhood and the beaches. At 16, the conservatory. Only some people worth remembering.
Nani García, Xosé Manuel Eirís, some folk … at this stage, too little self-confidence and no voice of his own at this stage … and then, in his twenties, the Xoven Orquestra de Galicia was just too much. Hence, cello gets locked away.
Then it came the work in the office. 10 years later, Nirvana and the “Red Hot” rescue this poor cello … and the blues, always the blues!!.
Around the year 2000, he starts teaching in Ribeira … love and death. He moves to Cangas, until today, where he keeps on teaching. And an old dream: unlike a coin, lefi has got more than sides, things can be other way.
Eugene Friesen (el Trio Globo), one sound, the voice.
He plays at popular celebrations and pubs. Traditional music and recorded music to play on fearless … that’s his school.
And at last, Alasdair and Natalie: the old dream made real, learning to love your own voice.
Now his part of San Simón Fiddle, offering what he never had.
And of course there still are things to say, but who can stuff the sea in a bottle?

JESÚS ENRIQUE (CHUCHI)

Better known as “Chuchi” (1982) is already a reference in folk guitar from contemporary music from the region Castilla y Leon (Spain). He is a versatile guitar player and shows unmistakable style, granting him a most appreciated position in the folk scene of Spain. Cofounder of bands like Vallarna, winners of several awards, the Búho Dinámico, with bouzouki player Carlos Martín Aires, the awarded duo Blanca Altable y Chuchi Al Cuadrado, and also the band Sons d’Cabiella.
As a guitar player, composer and arranger, he has worked with Folkfussion (recording in the Jesus Prieto “Pitti” ‘s studio), A Gramalleira (recording with Goyo Yebes from Celtas Cortos), Celtas Cortos, Xerfa, María Salgado, Anxo Lorenzo (widely considered a virtuoso piper).
Taught by great guitar players from Spain, Scotland and USA, it is fair to say that Jesús Enrique “Chuchi” has an international and versatile education, from masters like Tony Mcmanus, Alasdair Fraser, William Coulter, Scott Law, Carlos Beceiro, Xosé Liz, Rául Olivar, Yann Falquet. Chuchi is definitely most wanted for his wide background together with his curiosity for new styles.
He has played in a number of festivals, such as Festival de Sendín (Portugal), Goikoorts (Belgique), Cantabria Infinita, Carmucu, Tierradura Folk, La Noche Celta de Fitoria, o el Irish Fleadh de Cáceres (Spain), … .

ANA ROSSI

She has come a long way in her musical education, through l’Aula de Jazz i Música Moderna del Conservari del Liceu, and still on her way with Anna Catalá and the Voice Craft technique. She has intensified more on singing, ear education and harmony, but also studied piano, dance, and guitar.
Her professional career includes various styles (argentinian and latin-american folk, Iberian folk, MPB, jazz, pop …), sharing the scene with excellent musicians, such as Elisabet Raspall, Albert Bover, Juan Quintero, Juan Pablo Chapital, Mario Rossy, Marcelo Mercadante, Aleix Tobias, Xavi Lozano, Juan Quintero y Luna Monti, Martín Laportilla, Julio Santillán, Paulinho Lêmos, Eliseo Parra… .
She also posseses a rich experience as a teacher in several schools, teaching voice and body percussion to children as well as adults, among other disciplines.

SAÚL JIMÉNEZ MONTALVO

Saúl Jiménez Montalvo is a teacher of music in Primary Education in arts. For more than 10 years now he has been teaching in schools of Comunidad de Madrid. He uses and develops innovative methodologies such as the BAPNE method of Body Percussion, Soundpainting (The Art of Live Composition) by Walter Thompson, and the educational project LOVA (The Opera as means of learning).

As a violinist, he has been playing for more than 15 years in bands with different styles, like La Colina del Coyote (Rock, blues, country, tango) y Proyecto Tríptico (jazz), in addition to collaborations in orquestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Orquesta Athanor de la Escuela Municipal de Rivas (Madrid). He has created the educational project “El Bosque Musical” (The Musical Forest) in partnership with the association “Siempre en Medio”, aiming to join nature and music for education, walking the most important parks in many cities. Also, he collaborates playing the violin in the project for young kids “Talleresdemúsica.com”, by Raquel Rodríguez.

He is a volunteer in the musical project “Music for Them“, by the NGO “Streets of India”, promoting educational concerts in orphanages, schools, hospitals all over India.

CLARA RODRÍGUEZ

Born in Madrid, 1976, she has been more than 10 years learning world folk dances: traditional, meditarrenean, dances of the atlantic, … through a number of courses and workshops by several organizations and festivals, in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.

For more than 6 years now she has been teaching european traditional dances and world dances, in workshops and courses (short and long ones, and also intensive) for festivals, schools and other organizations. Also, she animates live concerts for several folk bands, and takes part in organizing some international folk dance festivals.

Nowadays, she has created “Folkeando Madrid”, an organization meant to promote dances, and through which she teaches in workshops, and also organizes and animates folk festivals and parties.

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