I would like to acknowledge my deep appreciation for the Gitanos in Moron de la Frontera who were such
good friends to me during a difficult period in my life; in particular my friends Gonzalo and La Chica, my
teachers Agustin Rios (guitarist, singer and true flamenco), and,of course, the late Diego del Gastor, and all
the others that were so tolerant of us half crazed American aficionados that were trying to understand the art
they had inherited and created.
Also, Mercedes (Leon) and Albano, who helped me learn to accompany the dance in their studio in Madrid,
and many others in the studios at Calle Amor de Dios in Madrid.
Also for the generous support and encouragement of Dr. David Broad in helping keep my Flamenco projects
alive, to Suzana "La Ceniza" for her contribution to these pages (and my life), to Rowan Hughes for his
encouragement and his painting (and the luthier of my first Flamenco guitar), to Ron Fernandez for his
encouragement, to my students for their support, and to all flamenco performers and aficionados, past,
present, and future (with a few, uh exceptions - you know who you are...:-); without you, there would be
And, of course, Brook Zern for his help when I really needed it. Brook Zern is one of the most respected
American Flamencos in the world. Read everything he has written and PAY ATTENTION.
For dance students - Rina Orellana's Website has some excellent articles with respect to the relations
betwen guitar, dance, and song as well as important insights into the art of Flamenco in general..
Me ("Flamenco Chuck")
ca. 1990 Painting by Rowan Hughes Santa Barbara, CA