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Courtesy of Rosazul Concerts
Born in France, in 1967, into a family of Spanish Gypsy origin, Ginesa Ortega has her home in Barcelona. From her earliest years she has been bound up totally in the world of Flamenco, starting singing at the age of 12. Since that time she has taken part in the most important festivals, given numerous recitals and attained a number of awards in her chosen field of music.
Both the course of her musical path and her personal artistic quest led her to take an interest in the jazz milieu and she became closely associated with "Iberia", one of the so-called "Flamenco-fusion" groups. With them she has performed in many jazz festivals (including ones in France, Germany and Denmark) alongside such renowned artists as Chick Corea and John McLaughlin.
1n 1990 she took part in the recording of the original 1915 version of Manuel de Falla's "El amor brujo" with the Orquesta del Teatre Lliure, directed by Josep Pons. This recording has become an international success and subsequently she has been regularly performing this work in countries round the world.
She has worked in Barcelona with the music section of "La Fura dels Baus" accompanying them on a European tour. Together they have made a recording of the music for their joint collaboration, "Noun", securing various awards such as the prize of the "Critica Teatral" as well as the prize of the "Ciutat de Barcelona".
A further collaboration in 1993 with the Orquesta del Teatre Lliure (again for Harmonia Mundi) saw her recording the "Canciones españolas antiguas" of Federico García Lorca.
1997 saw her awarded a subsequent "Ciutat de Barcelona" prize, this time for her role in the integration of flamenco within contemporary music-making.
This was also the time when Ginesa joined forces once more with La Fura dels Baus, specifically for work on the film "Muerte en Granada" which was premiered in the Palacio de Congresos in Granada.
Also in 1997, as part of the revisiting of her flamenco roots, she made her first solo CD for Harmonia Mundi, "Siento", a disc that showcases her own compositions and sees her working with a group of well-known artists She has taken part in a number of festivals aimed at promoting the new voices of flamenco, including Flamenco del Teatre Grèc, Mercè and Tokyo Festival del Flamenco. 1998 saw her taking part in Actual 98.
Official Web Site: http://www.ginesaortega.com
Siento (Harmonia Mundi, 1997)
Oscuriá (Harmonia Mundi, 1998)
Por los espejos del agua (Picap/Actual, 2002)