Dientes de Caramelo
About the artist
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Dientes de Caramelo – Jed Miley, flamenco guitar; Alfonso Cid, vocals; Kevin Bookhamer, electric guitar; Chris Morell, electric guitar; Pete Teresi, electric bass; Shimon Hikri, drums.
Alfonso CidNew York based Spanish Indie Rock band Dientes de Caramelo released its first full length album titled “Pulpo” (Octopus) on March of 2012. It has been an amazing cJed Mileyreative journey, a totally independent one, which is the fruit of eager labor and the production of the members of the band. This album was recorded in sessions at the flamenco guitarist Jed Miley’s home studio, Manhattan’s East Village Tu Casa studios, Mad Dragon studios at Drexel University in Philadelphia and mixing at Seaside Lounge Studios in Brooklyn.
The project started taking shape in 2008 when flamenco guitarist Jed Miley and flamenco singer from Sevilla, Spain, Alfonso Cid met while working together at New York flamenco venues. Jed had an ambition to combine flamenco with rock music before he left his native Seattle. They began composing material and establishing a sound with rock guitarist Kevin Bookhamer, also from Seattle.
Dientes de Caramelo has given Jed, Kevin and Alfonso the freedom to write music outside of the strict aesthetics of traditional flamenco and thanks to the great help of rock guitarist Chris Morell from Queens, New York, jazz fusion bassist Peter Teresi from New Jersey and drummer Sean Kupisz, Dientes de Caramelo is an American indie rock band with flamenco vocal sounds and romantic lyrics that reach the essence of the human heart.
Though primarily flamenco artists, both Alfonso and Jed have crossed over genres to play with a variety of artists. Recently, flamenco vocalist Alfonso Cid returned from a sell-out world tour with the famous Latino artist Romeo Santos, including three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, two shows at the Yankee Stadium, both in New York City, as well as Festival de la Canción-Viña 2013 in Viña del Mar, Chile, two appearances at the Arena Ciudad de México on March 2014, and five sold-out shows at the GEBA stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to name a few. Alfonso’s association with Romeo Santos started on July 2011 when he had the honor of recording with Santos and the great flamenco guitarist Tomatito on the song “Mi Santa” on Romeo’s album titled “Formula Vol. 1”.
Jed also was the cofounder with flamenco dancer and choreographer Sara Erde of Dientes’ sister band, “Caramelo”, of which Alfonso is a member as well, and where flamenco, R&B and funk sounds meet.
Dientes de Peter TeresiCaramelo’s trajectory has taken them to venues through out the USA such as Drom, where they produced a show with their sister band Caramelo and Javier Ruibal, one of Spain’s greatest singer songwriters, as well as Le Poisson Rouge, both in Mahattan, NY. They also got an invitation by the flamenco fusion band Guitars of Spain to perform along side them at their CD release party at Chicago’s Mayne Stage Theater.Sean Kupisz
On July 2014 Dientes de Caramelo produced a very successful promotional tour in Lima, Peru, where they performed twice at the Hard Rock Café Lima, the second time around by special request of the venue’s manager, the Jazz Zone club in Lima’s bohemian Miraflores neighborhood and two live shows at the studios of the on-line radio station Perú Pop Rock.