ALBUQUERQUE – The Performing Arts of Spain Series, a partnership between Instituto Cervantes, National Institute of Flamenco, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, brings the Diego Amador Trio, from the cradle of Andalusian flamenco, to the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre, Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts, on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7 pm. Pianist and lead singer Diego Amador, together with Israel Varela on drums and Julián Heredia on bass, offer a creative, unique fusion of traditional flamenco rhythm and melodic jazz in their elegant presentation of bulerías, jaleos, and soleás.

Born in Seville, Diego Amador is the youngest member of a legendary flamenco group headed by Rafael and Raimundo Amador. He began his career as a self-taught drummer in the mid-1980s, and started performing extensively at the age of 11, playing drums for the group Pata Negra and also beginning to play keyboard and other instruments. Today, he is a pianist, guitarist, drummer, composer, recording artist, and producer, and has worked with renowned artists including La Susi, Remedios Amaya, El Potito, Diego El Cigala, and Tomatito.

Tickets are $20-$60 with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and NHCC members, and can be purchased in person at the NHCC box office, at 505-724-4771, or through the Center’s website at The NHCC is located at 1701 4th Street SW on the corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.