Miguel Espinoza Flamenco/Jazz Fusion and Michele Castro

Miguel Espinoza Flamenco/Jazz Fusion and Michele Castro

Miguel Espinoza
michele castro
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels HallDenverCO
All Ages
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. All sales are final.

Miguel Espinoza

Miguel Espinoza has had a lifelong love affair with flamenco. A child prodigy who started honing his technique since the age of four—and performed his first recital at age nine on PBS—Espinoza is hailed as one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world. Described by Guitar Player Magazine as "mesmerizing," Espinoza is much more than a virtuosic technician. Whether his lightning-fast fingers are skittering across the fretboard, fluttering over the sound hole like percussive hummingbird wings or skillfully drawing achingly beautiful melodies out of the strings, Espinoza's award-winning compositions create an exotic, intoxicating musical elixir of flamenco fusion--one that is as sonically exciting as it is emotionally moving.

After moving to Spain to apprentice with numerous flamenco masters, he was embraced by the gypsy community and eventually earned the title "maestro" himself. Espinoza toured with flamenco dance troupes, including Maria Benitez, throughout Europe and the U.S. Following years of refining his art on his own, Espinoza went on to study advanced harmony with guitarists Wayne Sturdy and Dale Bruning.

As a young boy visiting a tiny Mayan village with his mother, Espinoza was approached by an aging shaman and given the name "curandero" (healer). Two decades later, it was the name he chose for his flamenco fusion project.

Joining Miguel will be Cellist Dianne Betkowski, who brings with her acclaimed classical music experiences, having performed in the Utah, St. Louis, and Honolulu Symphony orchestras. She is the founder and former director of Denver Eclectic Concerts.

Michele Castro

Now making Denver her home, Michele Castro hails originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As vocalist and guitarist, she began to play internationally when invited to perform two tours of Germany with a Choro/Samba band as lead singer. Michele is proud to say she grew up in the Rocinha favela where she draws much of her musical inspiration and appreciation. Her vocal repertoire includes Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Pop & Rock, MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), Choro and Forró but she also plays a variety of Brazilian percussion instruments. Michele loves exploring the Colorado music scene and sharing her culture and music with a new public.

40th Anniversary Concert Series

Swallow Hill turns 40 in 2019, and we are celebrating all year long.

Monthly concert events - including this one - feature beloved artists from Swallow Hill’s storied history, as well as those who are leading us into our future. All of these artists uphold Swallow Hill's legacy of bringing Denver its favorite artists in folk, bluegrass, blues, Americana and the singer/songwriter community.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210