Chicago, Illinois, USA –
The Instituto Cervantes de Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Department
of Cultural Affairs presents Antonio Pitingo in the first night of concerts
scheduled as part of Flamenco 2005! Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. under the grand
Tiffany dome in Preston Bradley Hall of the historic Chicago Cultural Center, 78
E. Washington St.
Pitingo made his international debut with guitarist
Gerardo Núñez at the Chicago Cultural Center in Feb. 2004 as part of the flamenco
festival. For his return performance, he will be accompanied by guitarist Luis
Miguel Valle Manzano and dancer Fernando Soto Valencia. Admission is free.Antonio Pitingo was born in 1980 in Huelva, a city in Spain’s southern Andalusia
region. His love for flamenco comes from his family and friends, all of whom are
from Cádiz and Huelva. He sang as a child, but at age 14, began to take flamenco
cante seriously, with his favorite forms being Fandango, Malagueña, Granaina,
Solea and Bulería. Among his favorite male flamenco singers (cantaores) are
Caracol, Tomás Pavón, El Carbonerillo, El Sevillano,
Camarón de la Isla, and
Enrique Morente. It has only been a year since he has started to sing
professionally, yet his voice has a very old echo that comes from deep within
him. He also has a tremendous affinity for old flamenco songs (cantes). He goes
to the roots of the cantes, modifies and adapts them to his own voice, thereby
transforming them into something more personal. His love for the cante of the
golden years and the privilege of having a mind that truly understands the soul
of flamenco music make him one of the genre’s current stars.
The Chicago Cultural Center will also host a concert with Arcángel Wednesday,
Feb. 9 as part of Flamenco 2005! that runs Jan. 12 – Feb. 14. The festival
features a mix of free and ticketed events including live performances from
Spain’s most current and popular stars in flamenco dance and music as well as
lectures and cutting-edge flamenco films. Presented by the Instituto Cervantes
de Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs,
participating venues include the Chicago Cultural Center, the Athenaeum,
HotHouse/CIPEX, Old Town School of Folk Music, the Chicago Symphony Center, the
Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Flamenco Arts Center.
For tickets or information about Flamenco 2005! contact The Instituto Cervantes
de Chicago at 312-335-1996 or visit www.cervantes1.org.
For information on the admission free concert with Antonio Pitingo & Special
Guests, call 312-744-6630 or visit
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.