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Ramos, Val

Val Ramos has been playing flamenco guitar since the age of 14 when he began his under Spanish flamenco guitar virtuoso Adonis Puerta at the South Bronx Community Action Theater in New York City.

For over 29 years, he has performed as a soloist, with his brother José and, most recently, with his flamenco ensemble at prestigious venues and music festivals in the Northeast region of the United States, including The Lincoln Center and The Village Gate in New York City; The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA); the Regatta Bar (Cambridge, MA); the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the OpSail 2000 Music Festival in Connecticut, First Night Hartford, and the Sounds of Hartford Music Festival (all in Connecticut).

Ramos has performed as a soloist and with his brother José at special events at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Ramos has also performed at several prestigious college venues including Yale University, New York University, Trinity College, the Unversity of Pittsburgh, the University of Hartford, Middlebury College, and the University of Connecticut, to name a few. Ramos toured the Northeast with his flamenco ensemble in the Spring of 1997 performing in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Ramos’ other artistic credits include musical collaborations in several theater productions such as Fuenteovejuna and Hamlet: Prince of California (at the Yale School of Drama) and Sarita and The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belissa in her Garden (at the Yale Cabaret). He has also appeared in several television specials including The Disney Channel’s Coming On! series (where he made his professional debut in 1985) and Entertainment New Haven (1992).

Ramos has released three albums featuring his original flamenco compositions and arrangements: Olive Green Eyes, released in 1992, Boricuas Flamencos (1995 and remixed in 2001), on which the song Olive Green Eyes appears, and Por mi camino (2001). Selections from the last two albums are featured in the Connecticut Public Television documentary Puerto Rican Passages, narrated by José Feliciano and the soon to be aired PBS/WNET-13 documentary “Nuyoricans: Puerto Ricans in New York.”

Other recording credits include tracks in the world music CD samplers Sounds of Hartford 1996, Romantic Reverie (CT Classical Guitar Society, 1998), New England Landscapes I and II (CT Classical Guitar Society, 1999 and 2000) and The Gift of the Guitar (CT Classical Guitar Society, 2001).

In November 1997, Ramos was chosen by the Center for Music Performance at New York University as its first All-University Artist in Residence and was invited to present a Master Class at the Department of Music and perform a short recital at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. In May 1999, Ramos performed with his Flamenco ensemble at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Connecticut, during an event honoring the internationally-renowned Latin “salsa” singer and recording artist Celia Cruz.

Most recently, Ramos has performed for the Mystic Ballet Company and with the internationally renowned Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Rivera.

This past July 2002, Ramos performed in Spain at Club El Savor (with the gypsie Flamenco fusion group VERSABA) and in the guitar marathon at the International Guitar Festival in Córdoba, Spain. Ramos has appeared in several Connecticut Classical Guitar events including the Guitar Under the Stars Festival and Guitar Day 2001.

Ramos has collaborated with many Flamenco artists from Spain and the United States among them La Conja, Fernando de Málaga, José de Santos, Chica Mori, Kai Narezo and the Dionisia Garcia Dance Company.

Ramos is a member of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society (www.ccgs.org). Ramos also teaches intermediate and advanced flamenco guitarists privately in his home in Hamden, Connecticut.

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