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Flamenco Gypsy Doll to perform with Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Teresa Joy
Teresa Joy

Eric Miller a well-known local musician and Teresa Joy (the spinning violinist) create an eclectic duo Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m., at Sound Bites Grill in Uptown Sedona. Many have seen Teresa perform with her father, flamenco guitarist Esteban, but you will love this performance as she expresses her musical passion with Latin jazz guitarist Eric Miller.

Eric began seriously playing guitar at the age of 12, inspired by all the great rhythm-n-blues and rock-n-roll of the area. Coming from a family of musicians and artists, Eric started playing professionally when he was 16. In no time he was playing some of the hottest and biggest venues of the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Hungry for travel and exposure to different sounds and music, Eric left Detroit in the mid 90's to travel to Europe where he spent months busking on the streets of France, Italy, England, Ireland, and eventually Spain. It was there that he was seduced by the art of flamenco.

After returning to the states, he was privileged to meet and eventually perform with La Dama Maria del Carmen, a world-renowned flamenco dancer who has performed with such flamenco greats as maestros Carlos Montoya and Juan Serrano.

After several years of disciplined study and performance of flamenco, Eric found himself drawn toward Brazilian music, inspired by the brilliance of masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso. Eric says, "There is so much ocean and sun in bossa nova and samba that it is always refreshing to listen to."

Eric has toured the Southern United States with Karren Pell, a Nashville songwriter with whom he still writes many of his songs. He also tours with the flamenco company Arte Y Pureza, playing with the band Sir Sultry in the flamenco rock opera "A Spanish Day".Most recently, Eric co-collaborated to compose music for a documentary film called "The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico for the Detroit Science Center."

 Today Eric has found his own voice, emerging with an interwoven cultural style that is unique unto him. His music is diverse, and he continues to travel and play, collaborating with many great musicians around the world.

"Violinist...Teresa Joy, a cool undulating porcelain flamenco gypsy doll with plenty of talent"... the Las Vegas Journal.Teresa Joy recently moved to Sedona after performing in Las Vegas at the Hilton for six months. Known for combining violin and dance together, Teresa Joy makes her insrument sing with a voice that touches hearts.

"One thing I have learned over the years is to nurture my creative spirit. Setting my soul to flight playing violin with my Father, Esteban, or working on my graphic art work, Vintage Joy, or writing and recording in the studio keeps me introspective in our fast paced world. If I pick up my violin and let my heart speak, I connect more to myself."- TJ 

Teresa Joy began her studies at age 4. She enrolled in Mandell's Suzuki Violin school at age 5 and, at age 7, began studying with noted violinist Moshe Bukhspan. By age 12, Teresa had performed at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, at the Heritage Square Concert Series for Accomplished Suzuki Violin Students and, regularly, with the Arizona Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

She made her recording debut at age 15 with guitarist Esteban on "What Child Is This?", Esteban's Billboard chart-topping Christmas album.

Beginning her professional career at age 15, Teresa Joy has toured the country and performed live on television with Esteban, notably in the PBS Special "Flame Flamenco and Romance." She has also recorded over a dozen albums with Esteban, these albums charting over 100 times on the Billboard in various categories.

Teresa's soulful and engaging style has captivated audiences at several of the country's largest venues including  Red Rocks, Colorado and at Severence Hall with the acclaimed Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Teresa broke new creative ground with her first solo album, Rosin Revolver, Volume 1. She is currently performing weekly at Sound Bites Show Lounge at the Hyatt with her father in a special dinner concert. But this Friday, Sept. 5, she will team up with Eric Miller for a fun duo and night of great music with a Latin flare.

There is no cover for the evening. Music will be performed from 7-10 p.m.

Sound Bites Grill is located at the Hyatt Shops in uptown Sedona; 928-282-2713. For more information visit, or www.

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