Last weekend my wife and I spent a fantastic evening watching and listening to Teye, a dutch flamenco guitarist, and his Spanish wife Belen, a dancer from Sevilla. Club Passim sits unnoticed in a Harvard Square alley, half sunken but with many windows to let in the light on the lower level. The atmosphere was small and friendly as though one were in a living room, and Teye was eager to chat. Belen began by accompanying the guitar while seated on a percussion box - a cajon - where she slapped out the staccato rhythms of Flamenco. From there she leaped into brilliant dance, strutting, twirling, and tapping her way into what seemed like a frenzy. Teye's guitar playing was equally hypnotic while his hands were all a blur as he thrashed the strings. If you have an opportunity to see them perform, you must.

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From the event guide:
Teye and Belen
The rock and roll sensibility from Teye's pre-flamenco tours as an electric guitarist shines through in his attention to technical aspects of performances. He credits his ability to coax gorgeous tone from his guitars to his formal degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of Music. Teye is a world renowned flamenco guitarist, touring internationally and playing with luminaries such as Joe Ely, Bruce Springstein, Dwight Yoakum and more.


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