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Artist Profiles: Mayte Martin

Mayte Martin

Mayte Martin is one of the most versatile cantaoras (flamenco singers) of her generation. She is capable of performing the most difficult styles of her repertoire with equal talent and without falling for the clichés linked to flamenco cante. She takes time to explore all of the possibilities for beauty and expression in each cante.

For her interpretive work is above all an exercise in ̶interior listening” a kind of mental composition that must later be re-created with the voice. Mayte controls the ̶micro-intervals”, the melismas that are interspersed between prolonged notes and that give her cante a fluidity and an unusual melodic elegance.

Mayte exudes an expressive and personal style founded on a classic base. Mayte recorded a boleros album with Tete Montoliú and wrote a handful of songs for string quintets before meeting the dancer Belén Maya. Their meeting resulted in the forging of one of the most important and unusual artistic unions in today’s flamenco.

Mayte’s recording, Querencia, with Drac-Virgin Records, provides an in-depth look at the essence of cante and Mayte’s own restlessness as an artist.

Querencia adds rhythmic emphasis without falling into festive clichés. It gives melodiousness to the most solemn of flamenco styles without loosing a speck of depth.

Translated by Rita Granda

Discography:

Muy Fragil (K Industria Cultural, 1994)
Free Boleros (K Industria Cultural, 1996)
Querencia (Virgin Records, 2000)
Tiempo de Amar (Virgin Records, 2002)
De fuego y de agua (KLM, 2008)
Al cantar a Manuel (Nuevos Medios, 2009)
Cosas de dos (2012)

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Artist Profiles: Manuel Flores

Flamenco percussionist Manuel Flores was born in Morón de la Frontera, Spain in 1969. Considered one of the masters of hand rhythm (compas) from Moron he has participated in the Bienal de Flamenco and the Feria Mundial de Flamenco. For many years Flores was the rhythmic “anchor” for singers and dancers such as Chano Lobato, Andorrano, Kiko Veneno, Juan de Juan, Nano de Jerez, Rafael de Utrera and Javier Ruibal and guitarists Paco del Gastor, Diego de Moron, Juan del Gastor, El Leri, and Eduardo Rebollar.

Outside of Spain he has been involved in flamenco performances in the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, the United States, France and Belgium. In 1998 Manuel Flores began to collaborate with Martirio. He soon became an integral part of her flamenco group and performed on her album Mucho Corazon subsequently touring with her in 2003 and 2004.

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Artist Profiles: Manolo Franco

Manolo Franco

Flamenco guitarist Manolo Franco was born in Sevilla (Spain) in 1960. He debuted at age 15 with Matilde Coral who performed at famous festivals in Spain. Since then he has participated as soloist in prestigious national and international festivals in Stockholm Tokyo Freiburg the Festival de la Guitarra de Cordoba, the Flamenco Summit Madrid and Sevilla Flamenco Biennial.

His discography includes the essential Aljibe solo album as well as countless collaborations as a sideman with several singers and other music genres related to flamenco. His main professional focus is accompanying vocalists. He is a teacher at present at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica `Rafael Orozco´de Cordoba (Cordoba’s Rafael Orozco Conservatory of Music).

His artistic career has been recognized with numerous awards including the Giraldillo al toque in 1984 at the Bienal de Sevilla and the Premio Nacional de la Catedra de Flamencologia de Jerez (National Flamencology Award in 2003.

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Guitarists Jose Maria Bandera and Amir John Haddad to Celebrate Paco de Lucía’s Final Work

Canción Andaluza, the last album released by guitar maestro and Paco de Lucía will be presented live for the first time as a tribute led by two world class guitarists, Paco’s nephew José Maria Bandera (a regular member of Paco’s band) and Amir John Haddad (El Amir). The concert will take place at the IV Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Paco de Lucía on July 18th, 2017 in Paco de Lucia’s birthplace, Algeciras (Spain).

Canción Andaluza focused on popular Andalusian music known as copla. It received two 2 Latin Grammy awards in 2014 for Best Flamenco Album and Best Album of the Year.
The lineup for this special concert includes José María Bandera on guitar; El Amir on guitar and bouzouki; Josemi Garzón on double bass; and Israel Katumba on percussion. Celebrated flamenco singer Arcángel is scheduled to appear as special guest.

July 18th, 2017
Parque María Cristina, Algeciras
10:00 p.m.

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Nikos Tsiachris, El Greco Flamenco

Nikos Tsiachris, featuring Bandolero – Alcance (Galileo Music GMC075 CD, 2017)

Alcance is the remarkable debut album of Berlin-based Greek flamenco guitarist and composer Nikos Tsiachris. And indeed he plays real flamenco. Tsiachris delights the listener with a set that includes various flamenco palos (genres), including bulerias, garrotin, soleá, farruca, rumba, granaina and alegria.

The Spanish influence is clearly evident and it’s no wonder since Nikos Tsiachris invited Spain’s famed flamenco percussionist Bandolero (José Manuel Ruíz Motos). The Madrid-born Bandolero is one of the finest flamenco percussionists and has played with some flamenco’s biggest stars. He plays cajón and palmas (flamenco handclap percussion) and adds jaleos (shouts of encouragement) as well.
Alcance, nevertheless, is not a traditional album. Tsiachris surprises the listener with a brief injection of electric guitar on the opening track “Alcance”, a Middle Eastern trumpet introduction on “Lobna” and flamenco-jazz on “Baracoa.”

Spain-based Cuban bass player Yelsy Heredia also appears on the album, adding a succulent Cuban flavor that blends perfectly with Bandolero’s beats, Tsiachris’ guitar and a Latin jazz trumpet played by Martin Auer.

Also featured is Flamenco singer Juan Cárdenas on one track, trumpet player Milad Khawam, Tom Auffarth on percussion, Takashi Peterson on electric guitar, and Yorgos Dimitriadis on percussion.

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Third Week of Suma Flamenca 2017

Arcángel

The final week of Madrid’s acclaimed flamenco festival Suma Flamenca will feature renowned acts along with, free concerts.

The artists set to perform this week include Rocío Márquez, Carlos de Jacoba, María Moreno and Pepe Torres at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze; Ultra High Flamenco at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum); Maria Terremoto at Residencia de Estudiantes; Jesús de Rosario at the Casa Museo Lope de Vega (Lope de Vega House Museum) and Arcángel at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum Gardens. These last four concerts are also free and open to the public until full capacity.

additionally, the festival will feature a series of improvisations and master classes led by Mercedes Ruiz, Javier Barón, Juana Amaya and Olga Pericet, as well as a dialogue and illustrated lecture titled ‘How New York Snatched from Paris the Modern Idea of Flamenco.’

Upcoming events:

Rocío Márquez
June 22 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Carlos de Jacoba
June 23 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Ultra High Flamenco
June 23 at 10pm at the Costume Museum, free concert

Mary Terremoto
June 24 at 10:30 pm at the Residencia de Estudiantes, free concert

María Moreno
June 24 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Jesus de Rosario
June 24 at 10:00 pm at Casa Museo Lope de Vega, free concert

Arcángel
June 24 at 10:00 pm at Lázaro Galdiano Museum Gardens, free concert

Pepe Torres
June 25th at 7:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

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Flamencos from Hamburg

Selva Negra – Mar lleno

Selva Negra – Mar lleno (Trekel Records/ Selva Negra Music SNM003, 2016)

German duo Selva Negra (black forest in Spanish) draws its inspiration from Spanish flamenco, Latin American music and jazz. Selva Negra’s sound revolves around Björn Vollmer’s guitar and electric bass and Steffen Hanschmann’s percussion.

There’s a nice balance between lively pieces and laid back material. Björn Vollmer’s guitar style is inspired by current Spanish guitarists and does a very good job at staying true to flamenco. Meanwhile, Steffen Hanschmann uses percussion that is typically found in modern flamenco: cajón and palmas.

Guests include Omar Calvo on double bass and Illian Garnet on violin.

Mar lleno showcases the talent of two young German musicians from northern Germany heavily inspired by flamenco.

Buy Mar lleno

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Aida Gómez Receives the Gold Medal of Merit at Work

Aída Gómez

Renowned Spanish dancer and choreographer Aída Gómez is one of the recipients of this year’s Medalla de Oro al Mérito en el Trabajo (Gold Medal of Merit at Work) from Spain’s government. The award recognizes her brilliant professional career and her important work in boosting the performing arts.

Aída Gómez is currently directing the 12th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival, produced by the Community of Madrid (Madrid’s regional government). Suma Flamenca started June 6th and will run until June 25.

Suma Flamenca turns the region of Madrid into the European center of flamenco, with remarkable programming that includes top vocalists, guitarists and dancers.

Aída Gómez also directs the Madrid en Danza festival also produced by the Community of Madrid.

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Flamenco Vocalist Argentina Dazzles Madrid Audience

Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra

 

Rising flamenco star Argentina presented her new album La Vida del Artista (The Life of the Artist) last night at Suma Flamenca festival in Madrid to an enthusiastic audience.

Suma Flamenca is one of the leading flamenco festivals in the international scene.

 


Argentina at Suma Flamenca 2017 – Photo by David Mudarra
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Suma Flamenca 2017 Reveals June 12-19 Programming

Madrid’s superb flamenco festival, Suma Flamenca, has announced the artists scheduled to perform next week, June 12-19, 2017.

Acclaimed artists Los Carmona, Dorantes, Rafael Riqueni, Pansequito, Manuela Carrasco and David Coria are set to perform at the Teatros del Canal (Sala Verde).

 

Manuela Carrasco

 

Other concerts include Enrique Heredia ‘Negri’ at Centro Comarcal de Humanidades (Cardenal Gonzaga Sierra Norte); Diego Guerrero at Centro Cultural Paco Rabal; and La Noche Canalla at Café Berlín.
The festival also features master clases by Mercedes Ruiz, Javier Barón, Juana Amaya and Olga Pericet.

 

Enrique Heredia ‘Negri’

 

Rafael Riqueni

 

June 13
David Coria
8:30 p.m.
Sala Verde, Teatros del Canal

June 14
Aurora Vargas and Pansequito
8:30 p.m.
Sala Verde, Teatros del Canal

June 15
Dorantes & Taksim Trio
8:30 p.m.
Green Room of the Canal Theaters

June 16
Familia Carmona – Habichuelas
8:30 p.m.
Sala Verde, Teatros del Canal

June 17
Manuela Carrasco
8:30 p.m.
Sala Verde, Teatros del Canal

June 17
Enrique Heredia ‘Negri’
9:00 p.m.
Regional Center for Humanities (Cardenal Gonzaga Sierra Norte)

June 17
Diego Guerrero
8:00 p.m.
Paco Rabal Cultural Center

June 17
Noche Canalla
11:00 p.m.
Café Berlin

June 18
Rafael Riqueni
7:30 p.m.
Sala Verde, Teatros del Canal

headline photo: Dorantes & Taksim Trio

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