Val Ramos, Flamenco Guitarist
Val Ramos began studying Flamenco guitar at age of 14 under Spanish Flamenco guitar master Adonis Puerta at the South Bronx Community Action Theater in NYC. Val made his professional debut in 1985 on The Disney Channel’s “Coming On” variety series. He has released three CDs of original music– Olive Green Eyes (1990), Boricuas Flamencos (1995), and Por mi camino (2001). Tracks from these CDs are featured in the CPTV documentary Puerto Rican Passages (1996) and the PBS/WNET-Thirteen documentary Nuyoricans (2002). Val is also featured in New England Landscapes, Romantic Reverie and The Gift of the Guitar, all produced by the Connecticut Guitar Society. In 1997, Val was chosen by New York University’s Center for Music Performance as its first All-University Artist in Residence and became the first non-Spanish guitarist to perform at the prestigious King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. Since 1994, Val has performed at International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Guitar Under the Stars, Regattabar Spring Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Summerwind Concert Series, and Levitt Pavilion Summer Music Festival. In 1999, the ensemble performed with legendary “Salsa” singer Celia Cruz at the Bushnell Theater. In 2002, the ensemble opened for Latin Grammy singer Danny Rivera at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. In 2002, Val also performed at the International Guitar Festival in Spain, and in July 2005 toured in Spain with his ensemble under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy. In 2012, Val made his Puerto Rico concert debut with his brother, Flamenco guitarist José Ramos.
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