Glenda Sol Koeraus
Glenda Sol Koeraus, born in Argentina, is the founder of Flamenco y Sol Dance Company. She has established herself as one of the leading flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York.
Flamenco y Sol Dance Company is based in New York City and features a diverse repertoire including Traditional Flamenco, Contemporary Flamenco, Flamenco Jazz Fusion, Classical Spanish Dance and the more modern Gypsy Kings-style of Flamenco Rumba. With 20 years of experience, they have toured throughout the U.S. presenting traditional performances of flamenco dance, music and singing. As the founder of this company, Sol is a scholarship recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant. She has also been featured in the pre-production of Christopher Gatelli’s Tony Award-winning, “In Your Arms” at Powerhouse Theater as well as “Carmen & Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to this Sol was the principal dancer and choreographer for the Flamenco Fusion with Latin Grammy Maestro Raul Jaurena and Multi-Instrumentalist/singer prodigy Diego Amador at the Thalia Theater.
In addition to performing, directing and choreographing, Sol is also an accomplished teacher, having traveled the country leading masterclasses as well as residencies with Flamenco Vivo, Alvin Ailey, Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council. She is currently an instructor at Mark Morris Dance Group faculty. Whether teaching, dancing, singing or directing, Sol stays very close to the roots of flamenco.
Tap dancing, balafon
Irene Koloseus, born in Austria, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Irene founded the award-winning Brooklyn based touring company, Feraba-African Rhythm Tap in 1996. She continues to be the company’s artistic director and has dedicated herself to the appreciation and preservation of percussive dance forms.
Feraba is a multicultural and multiethnic company known for fusing Tap dance with West African music and dance. The company is a recipient of many awards and grants including the Ethnic Dance Award, The Sunshine Award, Meet the Composer Grant (AMC), and an NYFA Artist fellowship in music composition. Feraba A.R.T has been touring the world allowing people to experience multiple cultures.
Notable performances include the Sunrise Civic Center (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), Public Playhouse (MD), Neuberger Museum of Art (NY), Southfield Center for the Arts (MN). Numerous venues in NYC including; Lincoln Center Outdoors, Aaron Davis Hall, Pace University, and more. The group also performed in Guinea at the Franco-Guinean Cultural Center in December 2004 collaborating with Bote Percussion.
Irene has been a teaching artist for more than 20 years and is a faculty member of Third Street Music School, Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts Horizons and many more. She has designed curriculum-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities and has also conducted staff development programs for educators.
In 2012 Irene was awarded Best Teaching Artist of the Year by Young Audiences NY and in 2019 she was a Jubilation Foundation Fellow, awarded
for her outstanding teaching qualities.
Irene has created several diverse school assemblies including Roots of Tap, Sounds of Africa and the Holiday Season Show, entertaining and educating young audiences in the Tristate area.
Balafon, tradtional West African Percussion
Andy Algire is a percussionist, composer, and educator specializing in African and jazz music.
He began playing at an early age and started his formal musical training in 1990 as a Percussion Performance Major at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, with an emphasis on drum set and jazz studies. During his time there he toured China while a member of the University’s Jazz Ensemble. From 1995 to 1997 he toured nationally with guitarist/singer/songwriter Billy McLaughlin.
In the spring of 2000, Andy moved to New York and began formal study with master balafonist Abou Sylla, from Guinea, West Africa. He has been a member of the New York-based dance company Feraba-African Rhythm Tap since 2002 and is currently the Musical Director.
He is a member of several New York-based groups and also performs regularly with many known African bands. In addition, he has been a music instructor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY since 2007.
Raphael Brunn, Flamenco Guitarist and Composer, was born in Hackensack New Jersey to a well-known family of jugglers, dancers and trapeze artists. An American kid with lots of rhythm, Raphael started playing bass guitar at the age of ten. At fourteen, Raphael moved to Europe to join his father, a world-renowned juggler and acrobat who had been using live Flamenco music in his performances since seeing Antonio Ruiz and Carmen Amaya dance in the 1950s.
From a young age, Raphael was exposed to some of Spain’s finest Flamenco artists including El Manzanita, El Recortao, Pepe Marquez and many more.
His public debut playing Flamenco guitar was in the opening festivities of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Since then, Raphael has performed with many of the artists who initially inspired his dedication to the Flamenco tradition. He worked with El Farruquito and El Torombo in the Flamenco production of Incognito, in Frankfurt, Germany. Now based in New York City, Raphael performs with various Flamenco artists and is currently working on his second CD.
West African Percussion - banjo