© 2018 Stephanie Pedraza

BIO

Stephanie Pedraza is a unique combination of singer, songwriter, flamenco dancer and cantaora (traditional flamenco singing) based in Vancouver BC. Born in to a Latin American family and having moved to Colombia at a very early age, she has been constantly immersed in her Colombian-Uruguayian roots of song and dance.

 

It was at the age of 19 that she fell in love with flamenco, and ever since, has dedicated her life to mastering the art. In 2003 she moved to Andalucia, Spain, after a 4 year intensive training period at Vancouver's Centro Flamenco with Rosario Ancer.

 

It was in Sevilla where she trained intensively both in singing and dancing at the world renown Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren. She has studied with some of the most prominent figures in flamenco.

 

Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich Latin American background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional Latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics.

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Stephanie regularly collaborates with Toronto based dancer Carmen Romero (recently with Uno Dos y Tres as part of Dusk Dances 2018) and with contemporary flamenco production "Jacinto" which premiered in Toronto in March 2017 earning musical director Benjamin Barile a Dora Award for Outstanding Sound Design and Composition.

 

Over the past decade, Stephanie has toured extensively and taught workshops across Canada and internationally in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Guatemala and USA. She released her first album titled "Where I Rest" in November 2011 and since then, has been featured on CBC Radio and Roundhouse Radio. She is currently writing her second album which will explore Americana, country and roots genres. She recently had the opportunity to record with legendary Paul Rogers (George Strait's sound engineer) and will be releasing a single in the near future.

 

In 2014 she had the opportunity to open for legendary Latin songstress Ana Gabriel at the Estadio Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombia with an audience of 25.000 people as part of Cali Vive.

 

Among her numerous performances, some highlights include: Dragon Boat Festival (Vancouver, BC), Flamencos por America (Bogota, Colombia),  Festival de Artes Escenicas del Gran Caribe (Cartagena, Colombia) Noche Flamenca Colombia Flamenco tour 2014, Expolatino (Calgary, AB) , The Harmony Arts Festival, Cultural Blast,  numerous shows throughout the years for the Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary International Flamenco Festivals, "Alma Vieja" (Guatemala)  and  the Vancouver International Film Festival.