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Flamenco fusion: Jesús Muñoz explores jazz influences in ‘Red Note’ show

Jesús Muñoz is on a journey.

And through his trips, he finds new inspiration for his passion.

“I’ve been on the road for a while,” he says during an interview from Guanajuato, Mexico. “It’s all coming back full circle, and I’m getting inspired.”

Muñoz and his company, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco, will present “Red Note” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center today and Saturday, March 4.

“Red Note” borrows from the tastefully symbolic Blue Note Jazz Club and explores dynamic, visionary movements in dance, music and visual art inspired by cante flamenco.

Like jazz, flamenco has its roots in raw, intimate improvisation upon standard structures; it improvises through interpretations of the structures of cante jondo, or deep song.

It features original music and works composed and performed by a cast of international dancers and musicians.

“It’s very jazz-influenced,” he says. “And what I am doing is taking new ideas from what is happening now in flamenco in Spain and outside of Spain.”

In preparation for the show, aside from the trip to Mexico, he also spent about six weeks in Spain, traveling through Granada and Cadiz, and went to New York City and Los Angeles.

“I dropped everything and went to study with seven different artists,” he says. “Watching other dancers, you get a chance to see how another artist works. From those lessons, I became inspired to create. Each one of these artists pushed me into a new direction.”

“Red Note” was performed for the first time in 2012 and has since undergone many changes.

Muñoz says the show will eventually be produced in other cities in the state.

“We’ll be taking it to Silver City,” he says. “We’re going to see how the shows work outside of Albuquerque. Eventually, we’ll take our shows across the country.”