Sueños Gitanos was Richmond's source of flamenco-inspired music from 2010 to 2013. Leah founded the group with classical guitarist Denver Walker, and the group expanded to include percussionists CJ Alicea and CJ Wolfe, trumpet player Mary Lawrence Hicks, and bassist Brian Cruse.
Leah arranged the tunes for the group with flamenco song forms as inspiration, and the group interpreted them with their classical and jazz perspectives for a lively and fluid sound.
Sueños Gitanos performed in VCU´s 2012 and 2013 Flamenco Festivals and in the VMFA's First Friday's concert series. The group recorded its self-titled album in 2013, right before Leah moved to Seville.
In Richmond, Virginia (USA), Leah studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University (2010) and performed extensively as a soloist and in local classical and world music ensembles. She founded and led the flamenco-inspired ensemble Sueños Gitanos, which performed in VCU's Flamenco Festivals and released their debut album in 2013. Leah accompanied singer Bernadette Stephens in the Portuguese fado group Fado Nosso. She joined the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar) for their 2013 performing season, which featured works by by Piazzola, Bach, Beethoven. In addition to performing, Leah taught private guitar lessons for six years to students of all ages at Richmond's local music academy, Key Signatures.
Leah has been co-organizing and performing in VCU's Flamenco Festivals since the first in 2009. The festivals happen every year and a half and feature performances and master classes by Washington D.C. artists and local RVA flamenco musicians. The next festival is scheduled for March 20th-22nd, 2015, and will feature guitarists Torcuato Zamora and Miguelito, as well as Leah and other RVA musicians.
In spring of 2013, Leah successfully launched a crowd-funding campaign, Guitarra Flamenca, to support her first year of flamenco flamenco study in Seville. She visited Richmond in August 2014 for to perform and to record an album for those who supported her initial year of study. She is currently back in Seville, studying at the intermediate level in the Fundación Cristina Heeren. Leah is currently devoted to further developing her musical voice in the context of flamenco, and to continuing to
share her musical insight and enthusiasm with classical guitar students in Seville.
Guitarist and Richmond native Leah Kruszewski currently resides in Seville, Spain, where she is deepening her knowledge of flamenco and developing her skills as an accompanist to cante (flamenco singing) and baile (dance). Leah currently studies at the Fundación Cristina Heeren, one of Spain's most renowned and rigorous professional flamenco schools, and teaches private guitar lessons to students of all ages and levels both in Seville and online at Lessonface.
Musicians Andrew McEvoy, Ron Alig, and Nathan Aldhizer of the Richmond Guitar Quartet have been sharing their love of classical guitar with RVA for nearly ten years. Leah joined the quartet for their 2012-2013 performing season, which featured works by Beethoven, Bach, Piazolla, Bizet in concerts at Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph Macon.
Leah accompanied singer Bernadette Stephens in the Portuguese Fado group Fado Nosso from the group's inception in 2011 until her move to Spain in 2013. Fado Nosso is still going strong and gaining an admiring following in Richmond, VA with its current members Brian Cruse, Ron Alig, and James Beard. Keep up with Fado Nosso's latest news and performances on their Facebook Page, and check out these clips from their debut album, released in 2013.