Classical/Flamenco Guitarist, Flamenco Singer, and Conductor
Marija Temo, described as a “triple threat”, is widely recognized as a virtuoso classical/flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist and dancer, and conductor. She has come into her own, combining her flamenco and classical abilities, and on many occasions, artfully combines all of her unique talents in performance. She actively performs as a soloist with symphony orchestras, in guitar concert series and festivals, as a flamenco singer/guitar accompanist, and has been featured utilizing her talents in unique types of performance. She has performed for many dignitaries and with highly acclaimed artists, and has also received several awards. In addition to her versatile performance career, she is known for her teaching methods, educational programs, and workshops. Marija Temo plays a “Marija Temo” Model flamenco/classical hybrid TM, which she designed with luthier Tom Rodriguez. Ms. Temo has also received the endorsement of D’Addario Strings.
Ms. Temo is a former faculty member of the Preparatory of the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, where she founded the Flamenco Guitar Program. She received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Manuel Barrueco, and her Bachelors degree from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, studying under Loris Chobanian. Ms Temo has taken master classes from many great flamenco artists, such as Paco Jarana, Paco del Gastor, El Viejin, and Pedro Cortes, but intensive studies with teachers that have had significant influence include: Marta del Cid, Bruce Catalano, Sophie Ginn-Paster, Teo Morca, and Manolo Leiva. For more information, see http://marijatemo.com.
Symphony orchestra highlights include: Premier of “Tango Fantasy”, the second work written for Ms. Temo by Loris Chobanian for guitar and orchestra. (A composition that explores the characteristic qualities of Flamenco, the Argentinean Tango, and the Middle East.); Loris Chobanian’s “Concierto del Fuego”, a guitar concerto written for Ms. Temo in the flamenco style; Lecuona’s “Malaguena”, which she performed and arranged (for orchestra, flamenco guitar, voice, and dance); “Multi-Talented Marija”, a Spanish program that she devised for Children’s Series, showcasing all her talents, including conducting, and involving elaborate audience participation; Falla’s “El Amor Brujo”, which she has frequently performed (as a featured flamenco vocalist and/or dancer); Falla’s “Canciones Populares”, which she performed and arranged (for orchestra, flamenco guitar, and voice); and several performances of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Ms. Temo has appeared in Pops, Children’s, and/or Main Series programs with the Baltimore Symphony (with whom she has been a regular performer for their Youth Series, having appeared in more than 16 concerts), and orchestras such as the Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Alexandria, Hilton Head, and Ocean City Pops Symphonies.
Solo concert highlights of Ms. Temo’s programs of classical/flamenco guitar and voice and sometimes an additional flamenco dancer, have been featured in several guitar festivals and music and guitar series in the US and abroad. These have included: The First World Guitar Congress (where she was also a guest speaker in a symposium with David Russell and Tuck and Patti), Towson, MD; The Ellnora Guitar Festival, Champaign, IL; the Blossom Music Festival, Cleveland, OH; Solo concerts on the Zac Brown Band Southern Sailing Ground Cruise; International Guitar Festival, “Women Guitarists and Composers” Radford, VA; International Guitar Festival, Asunción, Paraguay; VCU Flamenco Guitar Festival Concert, Richmond, VA; Fairfax County Virginia Summer Series, Vienna, VA; LMU Guitar Festival, Los Angeles, CA; the Baltimore, Connecticut, Calgary, St. Louis, and GSFA (Guitar Society of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA) Classical Guitar Society Series; the Theatre at Washington, VA (where she shared the stage with Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola), and The Baldwin-Wallace World Music Series, Berea, OH.
Duo woman production: (Flamenco Completo™, Marija Temo and Ulrika Frank, recently premiered their duo woman production entitled, Mano a Mano (Hand to Hand), a unified embody of flamenco, classical, and contemporary styles in guitar, singing, and dance at the Flamenco Festival VCU Guitar Series, VCU Flamenco Festival III in Richmond, VA. Fall and Spring tours have included cities such as: Managua, Nicaragua, Miami, FL; Towson and Takoma Park, MD; Vienna, VA, Long Island, NY; Atlanta, GA; Washington DC; The Plains, Charlottesville, and Staunton VA; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA; Bath, Novelty, Berea, and Mayfield, OH; San Francisco, CA; Hendersonville and Asheville, NC. Some highlight performances include: Teatro Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua; The GSFA (Guitar Society of Fine Art) Pittsburgh, PA; the World Music Series at Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH; Long Island University, Long Island, NY; the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Theatre, Hendersonville, NC; BEBE Theatre, Asheville, NC; Live Arts Theatre, Charlottesville, VA; and the Mayfield Village Performing Arts Center, Mayfield, OH.
Unique performances featuring Ms. Temo include: Performance on national television for GE Capital/ Taylor Guitar Commercial, which received an award for being top commercial in the industry; NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), where she shared the stage with Rock n Roll artists, also showcased new Taylor classical guitar prototype, and performed for the GE Capital team at a reception honoring the GE/Taylor Guitar commercial, Anaheim, CA; Performance at the Taylor Guitar Factory in celebration of and trying out Bob Taylor’s building his first classical guitars; Performances with Zac Brown, country singer/guitar player, with a flamenco intro and version to his “Toes in the Water” grammy award song, Southern Sailing Ground Cruise; Interview and Performance for Flamenco Documentary, entitled “Inheritors of a Burden” which is on the history of flamenco arts in the US; Performance for Global Rhythms concert with Ulrika Frank, Madeline and Humberto Sales, and shared the stage with Grammy award winning percussionists; Egui Castrillo, Glen Velez, Victor Mendoza; Jazz trombonist, Robin Eubanks; and Indian tabla player and singer Srinivas at Miami University in Oxford, OH; Featured flamenco guitarist and vocalist in "Man of La Mancha" with the Annapolis Chorale and Orchestra; (accompanying guest vocalists, Fatinah Tilfah and Shouvik Mondle); an arrangement of The "National Anthem" (for guitar, dilruba, voice, and tabla), which she presented at the Library of Congress for the National Conference on establishing the Sikh collection; “Fuego Ibérico”, a flamenco musical set in cabaret style and centered around Ms. Temo’s talents, in which arrangements of Lecuona’s orchestral music are blended with pure flamenco; Falla’s “El Amor Brujo”, which she performed and arranged (for violin, piano, flamenco guitar and voice); Lorca’s “Blood Wedding”, a production for which she composed, arranged, and performed the music; a Latin festival, where she performed her flamenco/pop crossover music as opener for La India; “Flamenco and Lorca”, a program of poetry with flamenco guitar, voice, and dance accompaniment; Lorca’s “Yerma”, for which she composed and recorded vocal music; her performances as guest accompanist with the Alberta and Cleveland Ballet Companies; and feature presentations showcasing Ms. Temo’s talents on Public TV in Ohio and Maryland.
Flamenco Vocalist and/or Guitar Accompanist highlights for the following Flamenco Artists include: Teo Morca (with whom she had worked extensively as his flamenco singer for over 10 years consecutively in his All Flamenco Dance Workshop in Taos, NM and Bellingham, WA, and was invited to represent the US in the first Flamenco Festival in Tateyama, Japan); Manolo Leiva (with whom she has worked extensively as his guitar accompanist for over 15 years in throughout MD and recently in Seattle, WA); Lola and Carmela Greco; Sara de Luis; Antonio Vargas; Manolo Segura; La Romera; La Conja; Carlota Santana; Corazon Flamenco's presentation of "El Amor Brujo", Director, Irene Rimer, Birmingham, AL; Pasion y Arte “Flamenco de las Americas”, Director, Elba Hevia y Vaca, Philadelphia, PA; “Café Flamenco” & “Dentro”, Director, Ulrika Frank, Washington DC and Rockville, MD; “Salidas”, Director, Martha Sidahmed, Atlanta, GA; Toronto International Flamenco Festival with Hali Dale, Toronto, Ontario; and the Fairmount Spanish Dance Co., Cleveland, OH.
In workshops, Marija has accompanied artists such as: La Tati and La Farruquita. She has also performed with artists such as Juan Serrano, Paco Peña, Oscar López, Jose Fernandez, and Jesus Montoya. Marija continues to be a flamenco accompanist for artists and dance companies throughout the US.
Special educational programs & workshops:
“Flamenco Amazement” is a program created by Ms. Temo for children and adults in which she demonstrates all her talents and includes active audience participation. It has been presented in venues such as the Midpark and Berea High Schools, Cleveland, OH; Revere Middle School, Bath, OH; Collegiate School, Richmond VA; Backyard Theatre at Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD; the Harmony Hall Concert Series, Fort Washington, MD; the Prince George’s County Libraries; Westminster College, MD; The Behrend College, Erie, PA; Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD, and in the US and abroad.
“Flamenco Communication” is a class created by Ms. Temo that explores what is required from flamenco guitarists, singers, and dancers to effectively communicate/interact, accompany, compliment, and improvise with one another through a breakdown on the structure of flamenco dance and song forms. It was featured for 10 years in the International Festival Flamenco at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and reviewed in magazines such as Flamenco USA, Flamenco International (London, England), and Dance Magazine. Marija's method continues to be in demand in the US and abroad.
"Flamenco Completo" (Workshops) – The Dynamic Duo of Marija Temo and Ulrika Frank (flamenco dancer) have combined both of their teaching approaches and artistic talents to offer a complete workshop experience (that unites dancers, guitarists, and singers in the same workshop).
Ms. Temo continues to offer numerous classical/flamenco guitar and flamenco voice master classes as well as private instruction throughout the US and abroad.
Award highlights include: a Citation from the Governor of the State of Maryland in honor of her being selected for the 2000 Maryland State Arts Council’s “Individual Artist Award in Solo Instrumental Performance”; an “Alumni - Achievement Award” from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music; an induction into the Revere High School “Hall of Fame”, together with a music award named after her and entitled, “The Marija Temo Award”.
She has performed for dignitaries such as: the former Spanish Ambassador, Don Jaime de Ojeda; the Crown Prince of Spain; former Vice President Al Gore; the Russian Ambassador to the US; the Princess of Thailand; and eminent dancer Jose Greco.
Recordings include: Live recording of Concierto del Fuego (a work for guitar and orchestra) written in the flamenco style for Marija Temo by Loris Chobanian, and Marija’s Pop/Flamenco Crossover singles.