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Valley Arts Live presents world music at Mount Si

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SNOQUALMIE - Featuring the music and dance of multiple cultures, the fourth concert in the Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live (SVAL) current series will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Mount Si High School theater (8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie). Curtain time is 4 p.m. with seating beginning at 3:30 p.m. Carmona Flamenco opens the high-energy double bill. Following intermission, Afro-World fusion ensemble Maya Soleil takes center stage.

The Carmonas, Rubina and Marcos, present riveting traditional and contemporary flamenco dances, soulful songs and instrumentals evoking the rhythms of Spain. Rubina Carmona is the singer/dancer/choreographer; her husband is the guitarist/composer/arranger. Her basic style comes from the Andalusia region of Spain, home to many Gypsies who perform flamenco. Marcos perfected his art in the Gypsy barrios of Seville and Madrid. The two, who now live in the Northwest, have spent their professional lives in Spain and in the US. Their program is an engaging blend of elegance, artistry and passion.

Maya Soleil's world-class performing artists from Africa, Asia, Jamaica and the United States bring you a captivating music and dance performance. Colorful African costumes, interactive dancing, vocals, ethnic and other musical instruments play a part in taking you on a musical journey from the primal rhythm and dance of African villages to contemporary sounds of dance halls and jazz clubs of the United States and Europe. You'll recognize saxophones, flutes, electric bass and keyboards and will be introduced to the unique, intriguing sounds of the balafon, ngoma, congas, djembe, talking drum, shekere and more! One reviewer wrote, "their music ... will awaken your heart, your soul and your feet!"

We promise an energizing, exciting afternoon, as well as free drinks and cookies, free parking and the opportunity to mingle with the artists.

Tickets are $15 regular admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for youth. Tickets are available in advance of the show at Video Nites in Fall City; Isadora's in Snoqualmie; and Nature's Marketplace in North Bend. They will also be for sale at the door.

SVAL, a 501(c)3 nonprofit committee of the Mount Si Alumni Association, is grateful to King County 4Culture for partial funding of this 2004-2005 concert series.

* For information, call (425) 888-1514.

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