Miguel Espinoza is hailed as one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world. Described by Guitar Player Magazine as “mesmerizing,” Espinoza is much more than a virtuosic technician. Whether his lightning-fast fingers are skittering across the fretboard, fluttering over the sound hole like percussive hummingbird wings or skillfully drawing achingly beautiful melodies out of the strings, Espinoza’s award-winning compositions create an exotic, intoxicating musical elixir of flamenco fusion--one that is as sonically exciting as it is emotionally moving. Espinoza has performed both nationally and internationally at notable venues (Red Rocks, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Theater, Chatauqua Auditorium, Denver Botanic Gardens) and has shared the stage with artists such as Kitaro, Tuck and Patti, Rita Moreno and Ben Vereen. He has also composed and recorded music for feature films and documentaries. In addition to performing, he offers private lessons, workshops and master classes.
Lynn Baker is an active saxophone performer and clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, Miguel Espinoza’s Flamenco Fusion, The Bottesini Project, and the beats-electronic-free improvisation trio Gemstone Debris. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician and has made appearances at colleges, universities, high schools, and festivals, which have taken him across North America, Europe, and to Asia. He is an Origin Records recording artist with Azure Intention released in 2010 and LectroCoustic in 2013.
Dianne Betkowski has performed, toured and recorded with the St. Louis, Utah, Honolulu and Colorado Symphony orchestras. She is also a composer whose works have been performed by the Rochester Philharmonic and the National, St. Louis, Houston and Colorado Symphonies, among many other groups. Her book, How To Get To Carnegie Hall-A Weekly Music Practice Schedule, is in its second printing. Dianne is the founder and former director of the Denver Eclectic Concerts series, now known as MAS-Eclectic. She and her Flamenco Fusion colleagues have recently started a unique new music camp, Denver Urban Arts Music, which offers week-long summer intensives, and will soon offer week-end and vacation musical retreats for students of all levels and musical interests. In addition to performing with Flamenco Fusion, Dianne enjoys teaching cello, performing and coaching chamber music, and inspiring musicians of all levels.
Randy Hoepker has a long career performing various styles on bass, guitar and saxophone. He enjoys teaching jazz improvisation and arranging, coaching chamber music and bringing unique musical experiences to audiences and performers. He is the conductor of the Colorado Brass, one of Colorado’s top professional ensembles and he has conducted ensembles in Asia, Europe, Mexico and across the United States, including the Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán, the Corpo Musicale di Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Hebei Symphony Orchestra.
As a tabla player, Andy Skellenger is one of only a few westerners to earn a place among the ranks of Hindustani Classical musicians. He's also one of the foremost builders and players of the cajon in the United States. He has shared the stage with All India Radio "A Rated Artists" Indrajit Banerjee and Samir Chatterjee, top Iranian musician Davood Azad, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Ayla Nereo, award winning vocal ensembles from Denver School of the Arts, the Boulder Chorale, and many others. He is a regular member of numerous ensembles in the Denver/Boulder area including the Matt Skellenger Group, Fortunato, Jam Key Jam, the Sheela Bringi Ensemble, and Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion.