Lili del Castillo ~ Flamenco Dance
Lili del Castillo's sultry and dramatic style has graced numerous flamenco performances throughout the United States. She has trained in Spain with the Antonio Alonso Troup and at present directs her own American Troup, Rincon Flamenco. Ms. Del Castillo has received much recognition for her extensive Spanish classical work with opera and zarzuela companies throughout the United States including, Orlando Opera, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Florentine Opera, University of New Mexico Opera Theatre and Opera Southwest among others. She is a touring artist and artist-in-the-schools with the New Mexico Arts Division and is currently on the board of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance.
Ricardo Martin Pacheco ~ Violin
A New Mexico native, Richard Pacheco grew up in the city of Albuquerque where he began playing the violin at the age of 8. Following 7 years of classical study he began his career as a member of Mariachi Los Caporales de Albuquerque. He has also played with Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Richardo is currently playing with Mariachi Lobo and the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra where he studies towards a degree in Music Education and Performance.
Bonifacio Gurule ~ Bassist
His mother was a flamenco dancer, which introduced early exposure to flamenco and Latin rhythms. On stage as a religious vocalist since in his youth, Bonafacio performed for audiences numbering 13,000 to 128,000 in Pasadena, California. In 1968 he began guitar studies in blues and rock styles which led to opening performances with "Abrackas" for rock-and-roll group "WAR".
Amina Lozada ~ Gypsy-Flamenco Dance / Percussion
Amina's degree in dance therapy led to studies of Middle Eastern dance, flamenco and the use of percussion instruments. She complements these talents yet further applying them to world rhythms & song. An active student, teacher and performer since the 70's, has studied with several Middle Eastern instructors in NY. Since living in N.M., Amina has performed and taught in El Paso, Las Cruces, Silver City, Albuquerque & surrounding areas. " I believe that Middle Eastern dance is a form of self expression because it is ritualistic & sensual in nature. Naturally my studies have influenced, restructured and open new pathways to the Lacho Drom experience. It is where Middle Eastern dance and the Spanish Gypsy meet."
Carlos Garcia ~ Percussion
Carlos began drumming as a young boy in Belize - Central America where he was born and raised. He received an invitation to study from natives as a first "non-black" student. Learning to make one's drum was a prerequisite to drumming. Carlos Garcia has mastered many rhythms and drumming styles from various countries and tribes extending this knowledge to fortunate students and interested audiences.
Ignacio "Nash" Flores ~ Percussion
Native New Mexican "Nash" Flores is a self-taught musician and has been performing for over 30 years. Timbales, Congas, Bongos and various hand percussion instruments are this musicians forte. Having performed with International Mexican Guitarist, Gilberto Puente, with members of the Tito Puente Band & with Ralphael & Mark Quinones of the Almond Brothers Band, Flores brings the talent of many masters to the stage in a state of very high energy!