Flamenco Guitarist Benise with Strings of Passion

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MAY 10, 2017
CONTACT: Dan Berube, dberube@spectaclemanagement.net

Beverly, MA – The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre in Beverly is proud to welcome internationally renowned Flamenco guitarist Benise for his first ever Massachusetts performance of “Strings of Passion,” on Saturday, May 20 at 8pm. Armed with his Spanish guitar and international dance troupe, Benise takes his audience on a passionate musical journey through Salsa, Flamenco, Samba, Waltz, and Tango. Benise (pronounced Buh-nes-say), and his Emmy Award-winning World Music and Dance Production “Strings of Passion,” has been featured locally on WGBH-TV and been called “The Latin Riverdance.” Classic Rock anthems from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC,  The Eagles and more are brilliantly fused with fiery Spanish guitar and Spanish dance! “Strings of Passion” is an unprecedented and spectacular adventure that raises the standards of live performance to a fresh new level of originality with dancing that is equally mysterious, sensual and festive. Tickets for Benise “Strings of Passion” at the Larcom Performing Arts Theatre in Beverly on Saturday, May 20 at 8pm are $95-$45 and are on sale now at www.thelarcom.org/benise

For Benise, music has always been a journey, from his humble beginnings as a street performer, to performing around the world. “I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional Nuevo Flamenco/Spanish guitar while combining the elements of dance and theater. This show is a celebration of culture–the culmination of all the shows we’ve done over the last 10 years.” comments composer, virtuoso guitarist and creative force behind the event, BENISE.

Rarely is an artist capable of touching the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures, and diverse musical backgrounds as BENISE. (pronounced Buh-nes-say). Armed with his Spanish guitar and an amazing world-class band of musicians, Benise pushes the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/ Spanish guitar.

Since the age of eleven (when he received his first guitar), BENISE practiced relentlessly, completely self-taught, mastering a variety of different styles that were eventually to become his own unique sound. Though unable to read a single note, he began composing original works with powerful emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual. “I’m always inspired by places I’ve traveled,” says BENISE, “so I’ll try to capture the essence and beauty of the different places in my melodies. It’s truly like painting on air–creating colors and lush soundscapes that take people (and me) away to a safe place with no prejudice and no boundaries.”

Leaving his family and friends in the Midwest to move 1,500 miles away from home to Los Angeles with nothing more than his guitar, he held in his heart the encouragement from his parents to “work hard and have faith.”

After being turned down by almost every club in Los Angeles, BENISE started performing on the streets. It was not uncommon for BENISE to put on over 200 shows a year, sometimes playing 2 to 3 events in a single day. Tourists from around the world and native Angelinos alike took to BENISE like the “Pied Piper” of Spanish guitar. From there, the path of his music took on a life of its own, effortlessly opening doors along the way to attract musicians, dancers and cirque performers, eventually creating the extended family that is now known simply as his namesake, “BENISE.”

BENISE started to promote his own concerts, selling out 2,000 seat theaters through Southern California. A natural performer, BENISE held audiences captive with exotic drums, Gypsy violin, Flamenco dancers, Cirque performers, Brazilian Samba dancers and percussionists, African tribal drummers, Havana horns, and brilliant theatrical lighting to create and unforgettable experience.

In addition to organizing stunning live shows, BENISE took his career by the reins by producing, arranging and releasing 11 albums on his own independent record label, Spanish Guitar International, plus 4 DVDs.

The recordings capture the expressive Spanish guitar arrangements that stem from influences around the world, carrying listeners to such culturally rich destinations as Spain, Africa, Brazil, the Mediterranean, Cuba, India and Egypt. “It’s almost like writing a soundtrack to a movie,” notes BENISE, “but a lot of my songs tell a story so they’re perfect for the stage.”

Tickets for Benise “Strings of Passion” at the Larcom Performing Arts Theatre in Beverly on Saturday, May 20 at 8pm are $95-$45 and are on sale now atwww.thelarcom.org/benise

The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre built in 1912, the same year as Fenway Park is a beautiful and historic 560-seat multi-purpose theatre offering both stage and screen entertainment in downtown Beverly’s central art district. The Larcom Theatre is rich with elegance and boasts many original features. Known for its spectacular acoustics, the intimate venue often referred to as “the North Shore’s hidden gem” will take you back in time. The Larcom Theatre currently hosts local talent, nationally renowned, award-winning stars and presents children’s theatre, music, dance, comedy, and variety shows.

The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre is located at 13 Wallis Street in downtown Beverly, Massachusetts. Off-street parking is located in the public lots behind the commercial buildings on Cabot Street. www.thelarcom.org 

Saturday, May 20 at 8pm
Larcom Performing Arts Theatre in Beverly

First Ever Massachusetts Performance!
Tickets On Sale Now  

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