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Flamenco has been a way of life for me. The music of the gipsies of Southern Spain affects me like no other. My journey into flamenco began with an aunt from Spain visiting my family in Malta where I was born. Tia Marguerita came and stayed with us every summer.She would cook for us and while cooking listen to flamenco and dance around the kitchen. During the day I was studying art and art restoration at a monastery,listening to Gregorian chanting,but when I arrived home the house was full of flamenco guitar music. As I grew up I studied music,drums mainly and then moved on to classical guitar. Although I love classic guitar music it did not fulfil me the way flamenco did. One day,after I saw Pepe Habichuela playing,I decided this was the music I wanted to play. I asked him to teach me,but he refused saying guitar is too hard. This was in of all places,in Toronto Canada where I was studying Graphic Design. When Pepe finished his stay in Toronto he said to me "If you are serious about learning flamenco guitar come to Spain and I will teach you." I was 17 years old,and after 3 months I showed up at his house in Granada Spain and asked for lessons. I studied with Pepe and other gipsy masters off and on in Spain for twelve years. Rhythm and more rhythm,respect for gipsy culture and the fine art of improvisation within these complex mysterious rhythms.
A new song duet with my friend Aaron Chatterpaul. Ear worm Warning,you will be humming this song for days.
School of Ritmo Flamenco 17th annual student show. 40 Dancers and live flamenco guitar. $15 Adm. June 23 Winchester St. Theater.
Friday December 7 at 7:00pm.at Ritmo Dance Studio. An impromptu flamenco performance with Roger,Valerie and Anjelica Scannura. Wine and Tapas. $10 adm. seating limited.
Intimate performance in a small room with flamenco dancers Valeria and Anjelica. November 7 at 9pm. 681 St.Clair Ave.
Roger Scannura spent his childhood on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. His early schooling began at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Theresa where he was tutored in European history, Latin, and fine art restoration. He has been immersed in music from a young age and mastered the techniques and nuances of flamenco guitar while in Spain under the auspices of Pepe Habichuela and other gypsy masters. He has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as a Music Director for several flamenco dance companies and is also a co-founder of the acclaimed Toronto based company Ritmo Flamenco. Roger Scannura is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited to become a faculty member of the York University Music Department. Roger Scannura’s repertoire consists of five CD’s of original music all, which have been received with critical acclaim. “Rarely is Flamenco guitar played so eloquently with just the right amount of passion and grace”. 20th Century Guitar. He is the recipient of the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for composition and award winning documentary TVO’s "Expulsion and Memory”.