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You can divine José Luis Greco’s artistic heritage from his name, but it’s not what you think: He’s not a descendent of El Greco (whose real name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos) but the son of the legendary Spanish dancer José Greco. A composer who gained fame in the Netherlands and who leads a multimedia-minded dance, theater, and music troupe, Greco is an inspired choice among the artists featured during Europe Week 2010. Greco’s musical influences are as varied as his biography: he earned a BFA in music from the City College of New York while studying with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and he transcribed and orchestrated Ravi Shankar’s Second Concerto for Sitar. No wonder numerous critics have noted the transportive quality of Greco’s music.
GRECO PRESENT WORKS PERFORMED BY MONDRIAAN AND MAGDALENA LLAMAS AT 6 P.M. AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, 1600 21ST ST. NW. $15. (202) 387-2151.