A musical trio whose act blends flamenco, Latin and jazz influences is visiting the Brewery Arts Center on Friday.
The Jason McGuire Trio is led by award-winning flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire, also known as “El Rubio,” who began playing guitar at the age of nine. His formal musical training began in Dallas, Texas, from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he studied jazz, classical guitar and composition.
In 1994, McGuire relocated to New York to pursue a career in flamenco. He was chosen to record with famed gypsy guitarist Carlos Heredia on his “Gypsy Flamenco,” available on the Chesky Records label, and has since performed with Spanish artists, including Jose Anillo, Chuscales, Alejandro Granados, Domingo Ortega, Antonio and Manuel de la Malena, Silverio Heredia and Jesus Montoya. In 1997, McGuire became the musical director for Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos, an award-winning dance company whose flamenco productions have won critical and audience acclaim for innovation and choreography.
McGuire has appeared as a guest artist with artists and companies in the U.S., including the Festival Flamenco in Albuquerque, N.M. In 2000, he was awarded a Music Fellowship from the California Arts Council for composition. He signed with Bolero Records and rereleased “Distancias” in 2005 with six new compositions. McGuire is also the musical director for the New World Flamenco Festival, one of the top two flamenco festival in the United States.
With McGuire on guitar, The Jason McGuire Trio is rounded out with Marlon Aldana on drums and cajón, and Paul Martin Sounder on upright bass. Formed in 2014, the group has been nominated for a Bay Area Izzie Award for Best Ensemble.
Friday’s performance is cosponsored by Classical Gala West. It starts at 7 p.m. in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall, 511 W. King St. Tickets cost $10 for BAC members; $12 for students and seniors; and $15 for general admission. Tickets are available at Breweryarts.org or in the BAC’s Artisan Store, 449 W. King St.
For more information, call 775-883-1976.