Celtic & Flamenco music and dance headline
Pangaea on April 6
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 21, 2000 -- Two different styles of music originating
from opposite spots of the world will be celebrated at the University of
Rhode Island on Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
The evening is part of a year-long series called Pangaea, a musical roots
festival sponsored by URI's Department of Housing and Residential Life.
The event, free and open to the public, will be held in URI's Edwards Auditorium.
Lenahan, America's fist Celtic folk-rock band, combines the beauty and
tradition of Celtic Music with the dynamic energy of American rock and blues.
The band has appeared in the U.S., Canada, and 25 foreign countries. In
addition, its champion Irish step dancers continue enchant audiences everywhere.
The four members of Lenahan perform on more than a dozen instruments in
true Irish tradition, including bagpipes, tin whistle, fiddle, bodhran,
and guitars. The band's leader is Tom Lenahan who played drums with the
legendary Cab Caloway. His music is featured in the new Irish motion picture
Beyond the Pale, which premiered at the Galway International Film
Festival. Lenahan was awarded his third ASCAP Songwriter Award in 1999.
El Arte Flamenco's lead dancer and choreographer is Faustino Rios. A
native of Mexico, Rios' father, flamenco guitarist Roberto Rios, introduced
to the music to him as a child. Rios has performed with some of the finest
international performers of Spanish dance, including Jose Greco and Jose
Greco II, Maria Benitez, and Charo. He has appeared with various American
opera companies and on national TV and in nationally distributed videos.
His appearance this winter with the Cambridge production of the Christmas
Revels marked his return to the U.S., following a four-year tour performing
with Charo's Flamenco Review.
Co-sponsors of Pangaea include the President's Office, The Office of
Campus Life, and the Student Entertainment Committee. For more information,
contact URI's Residential Education Office at 874-5162.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116