District 19 Flamenco is the collaboration between dancer Julianna Thomas and guitarist Derren Davidavich.
Both were drawn to the intensity and complexity of traditional Spanish flamenco, and seek to share with audiences the power and profundity which has made this art form familiar throughout the world. Flamenco, demanding in form and execution, gives the disciple extraordinary ability to express that which is innate to our shared human condition. Through this beautifully unique and technically impressive musical art form, Julianna and Derren seek to present to the public something which will both challenge and inspire, using the power of music and dance to explore the depths of human emotion.
Julianna ‘La Patita’ Thomas
Julianna was introduced to flamenco in 2001 in Boise, Idaho when she took a rumba class with Nisa Torreon. But it was on a visit to New York City in 2002 when she took a class from the late Andrea Del Conte and was immediately taken by her sensual power and ability to express profound emotion. She knew she couldn’t live without knowing everything about flamenco. In 2003 she sold everything she owned and moved to New York City to study. Her time in New York was spent soaking up as much flamenco as possible and studying with Andrea Del Conte, Barbara Martinez, Carmela Greco, and Jose Galvan. With much encouragement from Ms. Del Conte, her continued flamenco study has taken her to Granada, Spain in 2006 to study under Marie Carmen Guerrero and Melena Sessano, then to California with La Fibi and guitarist David Fitzsimmons. She returned to Boise in April of 2009 from Sevilla, Spain where she studied for 6 months with master teachers Juan del Gastor, Concha Vargas, Juan Polvillo, and Paqui del Rio. She has been performing and teaching flamenco in Boise since 2005 and continues to study with her teachers in Portland, New York and Spain.
Derren Davidavich began to tread the tortuously rewarding road of flamenco in 2007 while living in Portland, OR. Without knowing what he was stepping into, Derren contacted local guitar teacher Kevin Cason in the hopes of broadening his then rather confined musical horizons. After a couple lessons in classical guitar, Kevin introduced Derren to flamenco, and the fatal seeds were germinated. Drawn to the energy and fire of flamenco, as well as the challenge it laid for him as a guitarist and musician, Derren continued to study solo flamenco guitar with Kevin until moving back to his hometown of Boise in 2009. After a year spent pursuing other musical and artistic goals, including percussion, drum-kit construction and heading a couple of experimental music projects, he officially signed his soul over to the dark and contrarian Flamenco gods (in whose hands he writhes as but a lowly worm) in January, 2011, when he began studying accompaniment with Julianna. Putting many hours into drilling and rehearsal the two were regularly performing together by the summer of the same year. Derren continues to train with flamenco guru Mark Ferguson of Portland, making regular drives (and at least one bike ride) to spend many masochistic hours under the whip of compas.