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Flamenco Guitar Sensation Amós Lora to Perform Today in Madrid

Young flamenco guitarist Amós Lora, one of the best guitarists of his generation, will perform today, July 21 as part of the Estío concerts in Auditorio Conde Duque, Madrid. Lora Amos will present his new album, Así lo veo, at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.).

Amos Lora’s band for tonight includes José Carmona “Rapico” (dance), Rafiki Jiménez (vocals), Luis Miguel Manzano (guitar), Luis Guerra (piano), Reinier Elizarde “El Negron” (bass) and Manu Masaedo (percussion ).

Amos Lora (born September 21, 1999) was taught by masters such as Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Paquete, David Cerreduela, Carlos de Jacoba, Tomatito and El Entri.

He’s a young performer who fell in love with and since 2013 has been studying at Madrid’s prestigious Ateneo Jazz Madrid school under the guidance of Felix Santos.

Amos Lora has performed at major festivals and venues inside and outside of Spain, including Guitar across the Stylesin Prague; Zagreb Summer Festival; Mont de Marçan Flamenco Festival; Lisbon Flamenco Festival; and this year, at the Istanbul International Guitar Festival.

Lora regularly participates in charity events by the Spanish Red Cross and other organizations such as the “Quejío Solidario” festival in Seville and “Flamenco P’atós” in Madrid.

In 2012 he released his first album, Cerro negro (Nuba Records) and was also included in the Flamenco Guitar (Rough Guide, 2014) compilation.

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Flamenco Visionary, El Lebrijano, Dies at 75

One of Spain’s legendary flamenco singers and trendsetters, El Lebrijano passed away in Sevilla on July 13, 2016.

Juan Peña Fernández, “El Lebrijano” was born in Lebrija (Sevilla) in 1941, within a well-known family of Gypsy flamenco performers such as Perrata y Perrate, Fernanda y Bernarda de Utrera, Bambino, Turronero, Gaspar de Utrera, Miguel Funi, Diego del Gastor, Pedro Peña, Pedro Bacán and Dorantes, among others.

El Lebrijano started his career at 17, playing guitar in a show by La Paquera de Jerez. However, his guitar career didn’t last very long. When a singer fell ill, El Lebrijano replaced him and became a cantaor (flamenco singer).

He was hired by the tablao (flamenco nightclub) “La Venta de Antequera” and later moved to Madrid to work at the iconic “El Duende” and “Los Canasteros” clubs.

Antonio Gades heard El Lebrijano and recruited him for his flamenco company that toured throughout the world. El Lebrijano later toured with Manuela Vargas. After that, he initiated his solo career.

His first recording was “Juan Peña El Lebrijano” (Columbia, 1963) that was followed by singles. El Lebrijano’s first LP was “De Sevilla a Cadiz” (Columbia, 1969). His popularity grew and with the support of his manager Juan Antonio Pulpón, he toured throughout Spain.

El Lebrijano was an innovator. In 1972 he released “La palabra de Dios a un gitano” ” (The word of God to a Gypsy) on the Philips label. He pioneered the use of symphonic and choral voices in flamenco.

Next came “Persecución” (Philips, 1976), which translates as pursuit. Here, he exposed the discrimination suffered by gypsies in Spain during different time periods.

In 1979, he brought flamenco to one of the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Teatro Real de Madrid (the Royal Theater). The concert was released with the title “Flamenco en el Teatro Real” (Philips, 1979).

In 1982, he released “Ven y Sígueme” (Come and Follow Me) on RCA, using the figure of Christ and the Gospels to demand social justice. The album included two essential Spanish artists, Rocio Jurado and Manolo Sanlúcar.

El Lebrijano - Encuentros
El Lebrijano – Encuentros

 

El Lebrijano’s next project was a collaboration with an orchestra of North African musicians who kept alive the ancient Arab-Andalusian music. The result was “Encuentros” (Encounters), released in 1985 on Ariola. This proved to be a controversial move, criticized by purists who didn’t like these cross-cultural collaborations. El Lebrijano was not intimidated by these reactions and, in the following years, he released two additional collaborations with Arab musicians, “Casablanca” (EMI, 1998) and “Puertas abiertas” (Senator, 2005).

 

 

In “Tierra” (1989), El Lebrijano told the travel stories of the intrepid Spanish adventurers and explorers who traveled to the Americas.
Another significant album in El Lebrijano’s career was “Lágrimas de Cera” (Tears of Wax) on EMI, released in 1999. This was a tribute to the Andalusian Holy Week. El Lebrijano surprised everyone once more by adding a Bulgarian choir.

 

 

El Lebrijano won many awards and distinctions, including the Medal of Andalusia (1986), awarded by the Andalusian government; and the Labor Medal (1999), granted by the government of Spain. In April 2010 he received an award in the category of music at the III Premios de la Cultura Gitana (3rd Gypsy Culture Awards).

 

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Songhai Revisited at WOMAD 2016

Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona, and Josemi Carmona
Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona and Josemi Carmona

 

Songhai, the iconic 1988 collaboration between Malian kora master Toumani Diabate, double bass virtuoso Danny Thompson and the young Madrid flamenco group Ketama will be recreated at WOMAD 2016. This version features Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona (Ketama), Josemi Carmona (Ketama) and Spanish flamenco jazz bassist Javier Colina & guests. The musicians will revisit the two Songhai albums, Songhai (Nuevos Medios/Hannibal Records) and Songhai 2 (Nuevos Medios/Hannibal Records).

 

 

The original Songhai project came about in 1997, when Ketama was touring the UK and met Toumani at a house party. They jammed and decided to record an album in Madrid. Songhai was produced by visionary Spanish producer Mario Pacheco (Nuevos Medios) and Joe Boyd (Hannibal records).

 

Songhai
Songhai

 

Songhai 2
Songhai 2
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Flamenco Masters Dorantes & Marina Heredia to Perform in Madrid Today

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Pianist from Lebrija (Sevilla), David Peña Dorantes, and flamenco singer from Granada, Marina Heredia are set to perform today, June 28 at Teatros Del Canal in Madrid, as part of the spectacular Suma Flamenca festival, one of the greatest flamenco series in Spain.

Marina Heredia (Granada, Spain, 1980), chosen by numerous institutions to take flamenco beyond Spain’s borders, has performed throughout the world for over fifteen years and has released four studio albums. However, her career extends beyond flamenco: she has worked with composer Mauricio Sotelo in his opera, De Amore, and with Moroccan artist, Amina Alaoui.

Dorantes and his piano are often compared to Paco Lucia and his guitar. He is one of the finest performers of instrumental flamenco music. His musical performances bring together jazz, classical and flamenco sounds.

Performers:

Piano – Dorantes
Vocals – Marina Heredia
Backing vocals and palmas (hand clapping) – Anabel Rivera and Jara Heredia
Percussion and drums – Javi Ruibal
Sound – Manu Meñaca

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Suma Flamenca Festival 2016 Announces Second Week Schedule

Pedro el Granaino  - Photo by Leo Sánchez
Pedro el Granaino – Photo by Leo Sánchez

One of the most important events of the flamenco summit festival will take place during the second week of Suma Flamenca 2016. The festival, organized by the Madrid Regional government, will celebrate the Night of San Juan on June 24 with concerts in three spectacular gardens: Lazaro Galdiano Museum, Museum of Costumes and the Museo Casa de Lope de Vega in Madrid. the audiences will be able to enjoy performances in an itimate ssetting in these iconic locations.

Suma Flamenca 2016 includes workshops and music and dance lessons with the dancer Farruquito, at the Royal Theatre; saxophonist Jorge Pardo, guitarist El Entri, the cajoneros Lucky Losada and Piraña, at the Canal Dance Center. These activities are free to the public, prior registration online. In addition, there will be a conference on guitar given by José Manuel Gamboa in the Canal Theatre of Madrid.

‘La Noche Canalla’ (The Scoundrel Night) continues at Cafe Berlin with artists like Los Rubios and Jorge Pardo. In this series both locals and visitors can continue to enjoy “Flamenco Jam Sessions” one of the most innovative proposals for this edition.

Fiddler Paco Montalvo, singer Saúl Quirós, musicians Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina, Rancapino Chico and La Macanita Jesus Mendez, singer David Lagos and flutist Juan Parrilla complete the lineup for the second week of the festival.

The XI edition of Suma Flamenca festival started on June 15 and will end on July 3.

Farruquito, Master class
Monday, June 20, 17:00 h.
Teatro Real, rehearsal room (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Close Up
Thursday, June 23, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Pedro El Granaino, Earth
Friday, June 24, 22:30 h.
Costume Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Saúl Quirós, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 22:00 h.
Casa Museo Lope de Vega (Madrid)
Free admission prior advance booking (limited 30 seats)

Rancapino Chico & The Macanita, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 21:00 h.
Lazaro Galdiano Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Jesus Mendez, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Los Rubios, Familia “Los Rubios de Madrid”
Friday, June 24, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

José Manuel Gamboa, guitar Conference
Saturday, June 25, 10:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Juan Parrilla, Presentation album Taxdirt
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Jorge Pardo, Djinn Metaflamenco
Saturday, June 25, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

Jorge Pardo, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 14:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

The Entri, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 13:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Lucky Losada, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 12:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Piranha, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 11:00 am.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Paco Montalvo, Alma flamenco violin
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €

David Lagos, flamenco concert
Sunday, June 26, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €

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Groundbreaking Flamencos and Mestizos Series Returns Tomorrow to Madrid

Ana Pilar Corral
Ana Pilar Corral

The SGAE Foundation has put together a new edition of its cutting-edge ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ series. The concert and dance series will take place from June 16 to 19 June, starying at 21:00 (9:00 pm) at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

The series will feature performances by Sandra Carrasco and Alba Heredia; the guitar duo of Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo, accompanied by dancer Carolina Pozuelo; singer Vicky Romero with violinist Lamaya Flamenca; and the vocals of Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Rios.

Alba Heredia
Alba Heredia

The series will begin on June 16 with the vocals of Sandra Carrasco, who will present her new album, Oceano, accompanied by piano. Dancer Alba Heredia, will present her first show as a solo performer.

Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes
Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes

Guitarrists Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo will present their show ‘Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo’ on June 17 along with dancer Carolina Pozuelo.

Vicky Romero
Vicky Romero

On June 18th, Vicky Romero will showcase her flamenco roots along with Japanese violinist Lamaya Flamenca.

The series will close on June 19 with a set of copla-style (couplets) songs by Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Ríos titled Princesas de la Copla.

Show times: 21:00
Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid
Price: 5.50 euros
Tickets available at ticketea.com

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Deliciously Vibrant Flamenco

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos (ACT Music, 2016)

Journalist, writer and provocateur Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

Whether you’re bent on calling it inspiration or fuel, music is one of those things that indelibly mark us; it is those bright, shiny pieces we pick up simply because we are slaves to it whether we want to be or not. Speaking of the bright and shiny, guitar and flamenco fans have a set of the brilliantly fiery pieces to clutch at and put away in their pockets with ACT Music’s release of Logos by Spain’s famed flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nuñez and Sweden’s master jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius.

With recordings such as Calima (1998), Flamencos en Nueva York (1992), Travesia (2012) Jucal (1997) and Jazzpaña Live (2015) to his credit Mr. Nuñez teamed up with Mr. Wakenius, who has own recording credits that go beyond work with the Oscar Peterson quartet and the Ray Brown trio such as Vagabond (2012), Momento Magico (2014), Love is Real (2008) and Forever You (2013), for the live recording Jazzpaña Live in 2015. Hitching a ride to that collaboration, Logos is a rich and rewarding collaboration for this unlikely pairing. Fiery, masterful and simply superb, Logos dives deep into the waters where flamenco and jazz eddy together to create a whirlpool that’s warm and effervescent.

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius - Logos
Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos

Deliciously vibrant, Logos opens with title track “Logos” and it’s difficult not to get a little breathless as this pair finds a groove that is so finely and tautly drawn. Joined by flamenco percussionist Cepillo, as well as Mr. Nunez’s wife Carmen Cortes and daughter Isabel Nuñez on palmas, Logos travels a road that lushly landscaped, where every turn is yet another stunning overlook with tracks like “Selene,” “Habana” and “Mirlo.”

With the bulk of the composition credits going to Mr. Nuñez, Logos revisits a few of his earlier themes, but the pair collaborates together on flamenco fiery “Fui Piedra” that includes vocals by flamenco singer Cancun.

Mr. Wakenius takes his own composing credit for the breezily elegant “Mirlo.” Fans get other goodies like the rich and savvy “Orfeo,” the dramatic “Liber Pater” and the graceful “Sevilla.” Kudos should definitely go to sound people and studio staff because this is one of those crystal clear recordings where listeners can pick out every nuance and note.

Logos is indeed bright and shiny polished and is very definition of masterful, but it’s not like we’d expect anything different from these consummate guitarists. So, yeah, I see us going an extra fifty miles and beyond with this kind of fuel.

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Flamenco Summit Festival Reveals 2016 Program

Madrid’s iconic flamenco festival Suma Flamenca will take place June 16 – July 3, 2016. Presented by the Madrid regional government, Suma Flamenca is one of the greatest flamenco festivals in Spain.

This year’s program features celebrated artists such as Vicente Amigo, Juan Carmona, Estrella Morente and Farruquito.

Next concerts

Vicente Amigo, Concierto flamenco
Wednesday, June 15, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Mayte Martín, Cosa de dos
Thuesday, June 16, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

El Pele y Carmen Linares
Friday, June 17, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Flamenquillos, La Nube Viajera
* Canciones populares infantiles
Friday, June 17, 19:00 (7:00 p.m.)
Auditorio De La Escuela Municipal De Música (Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid)
Ticket price: 5 €

Juan Carmona, Mis pasiones
Friday, June 17, 23:00 (11:00 p.m.)
Café Berlín (Madrid)
Ticket price: 12 €

Estrella Morente, Estrella & Riqueni
Saturday, June 18, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Caño Roto, Concierto flamenco
Saturday, June 18, 20:00 (8:30 p.m.)
Centro Cultural Paco Rabal (Madrid)
Ticket price: 8 €

Farruquito, Improvisao
Saturday, June 18, 19:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Teatros Del Canal, Sala Roja (Madrid)
Ticket price: 19 – 25 €

Headline photo: Vicente Amigo

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Guitar Master José Antonio Rodríguez to Present New Album in Madrid

José Antonio Rodríguez
José Antonio Rodríguez

José Antonio Rodríguez, one of the leading guitar players in Spain, will be presenting his new album Adiós Muchachos… (2016) on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Festival Flamenco Madrid 2016. The concert will take place at Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Sala Guirau.

Accompanied by his regular band, José Antonio Rodríguez will perform pieces from the new album as well as earlier works.

Read the CD review: Masterful Guitar Celebration

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Miguel Angel Cortés and José María Gallardo to perform at Flamencos y Mestizos Series in Madrid

Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes
Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes

On June 17, 2016 World class guitarists Miguel Angel Cortés and José María Gallardo will present their new project Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo, one of the most ambitious Spanish guitar projects in recent years.

Dancer Carolina Pozuelo will also perform that day. Born in Madrid in 1984, in a family of musicians, she has channeled her artistic expression through dance. Pozuelo dominates all forms of Spanish dance, classical and contemporary. She’s been part of the Joaquín Cortés dance company, the Nuevo Ballet Español and Antonio Gades and has performed on stages around the world. Currently, she’s presenting her new work titled De la Habana vengo a la Habana voy.

Show time: 21:00
Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid
Price: 5,50 euros
Tickets available at ticketea.com

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