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September 22, 2015

Gavilan College presents Noche Flamenca (A Night of Flamenco)

WHO: The Gavilan College Music Department and world-class guest performers Lakshmi "la Chimi" and Jose MendezNoche Flamenca poster
WHAT: Will be bringing the music of Spain -- dancing, singing, and guitar -- to the Gavilan College Theater in "Noche Flamenca (A Night of Flamenco)"
WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Box office opens 3:15 p.m.; Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; performance from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy

HOW: Tickets will be available at the door, and in advance.
Tickets on sale at Booksmart in Morgan Hill and Porcella's Music in Gilroy.

$15 General admission; $10 Students / Seniors
Email for advance ticket purchase information.



Born in 1982, Lakshmi Basile began performing at age six with her parents’ band ‘The Electrocarpathians’. She studied dance through primary, middle, and secondary school at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing ArtsShe grew up within San Diego’s flamenco scene, where her passionate artistic persona began to form and studies classical dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Lakshmi moved to Spain at age 20 to further her flamenco studies. She worked in flamenco clubs (tablaos) and in flamenco events beside great artists such as La Toná, the Amaya family, Joselito Mendez, Antonio Moya, La Tana, Carmen Ledesma, Manuel Molina, etc…


Her artistic nickname “La Chimi” is her own name contracted and pronounced in a flamenco manner. She is the first non-Spanish artist to win an award in the flamenco contest, Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, in 2011 and the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba, surprising the best critics with stunning reviews such as “-un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo…” (a heartwrenching homage to the romantics of pure flamenco) Alberto García Reyes, ABC. She performs daily as a soloist at El Palacio Andaluz and throughout the year appears with major flamenco artists at flamenco and dance festivals and is much sought after as a teacher by flamenco students in Spain. Her company “Luna Flamenca,” produces spectacles in the USA, alternating her artistic career with performances in Spain. Lakshmi produces her own theatrical show in Spain, entitled “Zarabanda, Lo Que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos.” (‘Zarabanda, that which sleeps in the body of the gypsies’). She is the protagonist in a video clip directed by Rindala Kodeih (Lebanon), has inspired flamenco fashion collections and posed for world-renounced photographer Ruven Afanador. La Chimi has founded a substantial artistic career as a flamenco dancer, because that is what she is at heart. “Su baile es de una alegria conquistada (her dance is a conquered happiness)”- Felix Grande, poet and flamencoligist.

Jose Mendez was born into the legendary Méndez clan of Gypsy flamenco singers from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. A direct
descendant of La Paquera, he is the grandson of the festero “El Pili” and a cousin of Bay Area favorite, Kina Méndez. A member of Cristina Hoyo’s company for many years, José Méndez has specialized in singing for dancers. He is also an outstanding soloist with a voice that echoes La Paquera. (


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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