Katherine McLeod, Alvaro Echánove,
Doors 10pm (show 1030 – 1130pm)
Katherine has been dancing flamenco for nearly 15 years and has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria and Montreal. Most recently she performed at the Festival de Flamenco de Montréal at a 5 à 7 show with Alvaro Echánove and Quique, where they launched their exploration of flamenco and poetry. Katherine has a PhD in English Literature (U of Toronto), teaches at Concordia University, researches sound recordings of poetry (SpokenWeb), and curates the site Where Poets Read (@poetsread). She lives in Mile End and loves the poetry of its streets—and she is thrilled to be presenting the premiere of Poésie Flamenco at the Mile End Poets’ Festival.
Group photo by Hervé Leblay
Alvaro grew up singing, between Europe and Asia, in a nomadic Spanish family. His obsession for music has found different flowering grounds, including: the piano, African dance, rock garage, the Paris metro, the television series Nouvelle Star (2014), an associative music workshop for drug users, and, more recently, flamenco. The latter uses its roots, but it is also in line with its deepest aesthetic and ethical convictions: an uncompromising art, anchored in the moment, alive and shared without borders.
Henry “El Quique” is a classical and flamenco guitarist with a degree in classical guitar performance from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Having studied Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, Quique composes his own music, working to bring together these eclectic styles. Quique is from California but loves to be here discovering the language, culture and poutine of Montreal.