Marisol Monasterio - Vocals/Cante
The rough tone and the emotional cracks of her cante make Marisol Monasterio the "jondo" (profound) voice of the tablao. Originally from Venezuela, Marisol's studies in flamenco song and dance started more than10 years ago. She started in Houston with Del Espadin Flamenco and Spanish Dance Academy and Cuadro La Tempestad, and took dance classes with Jode Romano, Pilar Andujar, Arte y Pureza in Houston and Seville, Carmen de las Cuevas in Granada, and with the spectacular Manuela Carrasco, Samara Carrasco and Concha Vargas in San Francisco.
She has been trained in cante locally and in Spain with acclaimed artists such as Javier Heredia, Juan Bacan, Kina Mendez, Isai Chacon, and Sergio “el Colorao” Gomez. Marisol worked closely with Timo Lozano in performances and including cante in his classes. Marisol recorded as a vocalist in Amin Safari’s CD “Pasion de la Guitarra”. She was honored by the Houston Press as one the 100 Creatives 2012 due to her unusual voice and emotional performance. She was one of the 2013 Flamenco Festival scholarship recipient. Other than flamenco, Marisol danced folklore for many years with the Colombian Folkloric Ballet and she devoted 5 years to Argentinian Tango.
She is a freelance cantaora and bailaora. Marisol has been the main voice for Flamenco Andaluz, Hierro Forjado and other tabaos in Houston and San Antonio. She is currently part of the flamenco dance troupe Hierro Forjado as well.
Marisol was the Artistic Director for the sold out theatrical production “Caminos Gitanos” in 2016 and “Towards the Gypsy Roads” presented in 2017.