Chus Alonso is a musician with 30 years of experience performing, composing, leading musical projects and teaching.
As a composer his focus has been on creating contemporary music rooted in flamenco, Spanish folk, Latin American traditional genres and jazz. Alonso has composed for a wide range of ensembles, including symphony orchestra works, compositions for small chamber groups and various types Latin ensembles, as well as piano solo pieces.
Alonso founded Potaje in 1992 with the objective of exploring musical connections between Spain and Latin America. Since that time the ensemble has created and performed a blend of contemporary Flamenco and Latin music, developing an original style, both innovative and traditional: respectful of the old musical forms, but open to contemporary ways of expression. In the framework of this ensemble, Latino American, Flamenco and jazz artists have collaborated to build musical bridges, linking Spain with the Americas.
Alonso plays flute with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición since its creation in 1997. The group is one of the most significant charanga ensembles in the movement to recover and modernize the Cuban Danzn and Cha-cha-chá.
Current projects include Fandangueros, a quartet dedicated to traditional and contemporary original music from Philippines, Latin America and Spain; and Mark Taylor/Chus Alonso duo, playing flamenco and Spanish music.
Alonso’s main instrument is the flute and he also plays the laúd (Spanish lute). He has played throughout the United States, including at The Lincoln Center in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, The Ford Theater in Los Angeles, the Alaska Center for Performing Arts in Anchorage, the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado, and most major venues and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also toured Spain five times.