We are a group of professional flamenco musicians, singers and dancers based in Toronto, Canada. Coming from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds, we all share a common passion for flamenco and dedicate ourselves to bringing a captivating, authentic and unforgettable experience to our audience. We undertake every artistic venture with a goal of finding and expressing our own personal interpretation of each flamenco style; while at the same time researching and understanding the history of its evolution and the timeless sentiment behind it.
Born in Mexico, Silvia has always been involved in the arts. Her flamenco experience started in 2009, initially with dance and then finding a fascination and talent for “cante” (singing) flamenco. She is interested in flamenco in all of its forms and is committed to the study and understanding of this art.
Silvia has taken workshops and singing instruction from prominent “cantaores” (flamenco singers) such as Manuel Gago, Jesus Corbacho, Maria Mezcle, Rocio Marquez, Rubio de Pruna, Matias Lopez, Gema Caballero, Encarna Anillo and Miguel Ortega, as well as ongoing flamenco dance and theory lessons with Carmen Romero and Esmeralda Enrique. Silvia is a member of Compañía Carmen Romero and Triana Project since 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Toronto flamenco dancer Alison MacDonald “La Ali” has background in a variety of dance styles with a concentration on percussive dance forms such as tap and Irish dance. She discovered flamenco in the early 90's when she attended a show by Ballet Flamenco Joaquin Cortes. Shortly after Alison moved to Spain where she spent 3 years between the cities of Malaga, Granada and Sevilla under the tutelage of artists such as Soraya Clavijo, Javier Cruz, La Mora, and Pilar Ortega, to name a few. Upon her return to Toronto she attended classes with Carmen Romero and Esmeralda Enrique.
Alison continues her training by attending workshops in Canada and travelling to Spain as often as possible. She is a member of Compañía Carmen Romero and a teacher at The Carmen Romero School of Flamenco Dance Arts. In 2012 Alison co-founded the Toronto flamenco group Triana Project which has had the pleasure of performing at the 2013 Montreal Flamenco Festival and 2013 Toronto International Flamenco Festival.
Drawn to dance, music and rhythm since early childhood in her native Ukraine, Iryna Gordon started dancing flamenco in 2001 in Vancouver, where she joined Rosario Ancer’s Centro Flamenco professional training program. Her passion for the art of flamenco has been growing ever since.
Iryna continues to pursue her flamenco studies in Toronto, where she has been training under Carmen Romero, both as a dance company member and a solo artist. Iryna has performed on numerous occasions with Compañía Carmen Romero as well as other local artists in venues ranging from intimate restaurant settings to theatrical productions. She has studied with flamenco masters such as Sara de Luis, Carmen de Torres, Alicia Marquez, Rafael Campallo, Joaquin Grilo, Maribel Ramos “La Zambra”, Concha Jareño, Juana Amaya, Domingo Ortega, Olga Pericet and Javier Latorre.
Rooted in the traditions of flamenco, guitarist Benjamin Barrile prefers to speak through his instrument, expressing emotion without words. A remarkable soloist, Benjamin also excels as both accompanist and composer. His compositions are rich, complex and progressive without straying too far from Spanish gypsy tradition that stretches back hundreds of years.
In 2000, Benjamin set off to Spain for the first time, in search of flamenco and what would be the most self-defining journey of his life so far. He traveled to what is known as one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, a municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, where he studied primarily under maestros Manuel Lozano “El Carbonero”, and Gerardo Nuñez. Upon his return home, Benjamin would then seek out more formal training in the art of flamenco through Miguel de la Bastide.
In recent years, Benjamin has performed recorded with many artists including The Café Olé, a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of traditional flamenco and jazz, internationally renowned Rumba Flamenco group Gustavo Scolieri & Puente del Diablo, and vocalist/composer Amanda Martinez just to name a few. In addition to leading his own group, El Mosaico, Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts, and The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company based in Toronto. Benjamin has also appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts.
Although Michael has always loved music, he didn’t discover his love of flamenco until he heard it played while on a trip to Ecuador in 2006. Upon his return he developed an affinity for the genre, and before long he put aside his blues and folk collaborations to study flamenco day and night. He is a student of a flamenco guitarist and composer Miguel de la Bastide, and is an accompanist at Carmen Romero’s School of Flamenco Arts in Toronto.
Michael traveled to Spain in 2012 and studied with artists such as ‘La Tati’ and Enrique Pantoja, in the world-renowned dance school Amor de Dios, Madrid. He was lucky enough to receive classes from masters such as Fernando de la Rua, Claudio Villanueva, El Mami and Jesus Torres. Michael also studied cante accompaniment with artists like Laura Roman and David Amaya. Michael has performed in various flamenco productions in the city.
Triana Project Members
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Photo by Hervé Leblay
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Photo by Levent Erutku
Rino Manfredi was born in a family rich in musical tradition, with roots tracing back to Calabria, Italy. As a keen observer of world and music culture, Rino's aim is to preserve and carry on the sounds, instruments, rhythms, melodies and traditions of the drum and percussion masters of the past and present.
This route took Rino to study various world percussion disciplines:
Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion under Meinl and Mountain Rhythm, endorsed artist - Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo; Brazilian samba and SONOR, endorsed drummer - Alan Hetherington; Flamenco cajon under the tutelage of musician and teacher Paul Ormandy.
Rino has performed with the likes of Compañía Carmen Romero, Arte Flamenco, and recently Madrid based dancer Delara Tiv. As well, he is a freelance percussionist performing with funk/souljazz and world rhythm groups.
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