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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.

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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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Flamenco Star Miguel Poveda to Perform at Los Conciertos de la Muralla de Alcalá de Henares 2017

Miguel Poveda

Flamenco icon Miguel Poveda is one of the acts set to perform at Los Conciertos de la Muralla de Alcalá de Henares 2017. The concert series will run from August 26 to September 24, featuring flamenco, rock, humor and other styles. Concerts take place at the Auditorio del Patrimonio in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.

The other artists scheduled to perform include Leiva, Antonio José, Burning, La Guardia, La Frontera, Los Morancos, Antología de la Zarzuela and Cantajuego.

Tickets available at www.redentradas.com, Ticketea, Oficina de Turismo Santos Niños, Centro Comercial Alcalá Magna and Restaurante Pepe Pasión.

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Flamenco Award-Winners Gala in Seville

Alfonso Aroca – Photo by Gloria Nicolás

 

The Flamenco Viene Del Sur 2017 will present winners of the influential Festival de las Minas de la Unión flamenco contest. The artists are set to perform on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Teatro Central in Seville.

 

Alfonso Aroca (piano)

Although Alfonso Aroca has led soul, funk and music projects around the world, he’s a remarkable flamenco pianist as a soloist and accompanist to flamenco singers and dancers.

 

Antonia Contreras

Antonia Contreras (vocals)

Antonia Contreras started singing flamenco at a very young age. Although she temporarily abandoned her artistic career, she resumed it by convincing himself that cante (flamenco singing) gave meaning to her life.

 

Alba Heredia

 

Alba Heredia (dance)

Alba Heredia belongs to one of the most important dynasties of the flamenco world, Los Maya. She’s the nice of Manolete, Mario Maya and Juan Maya Marote. Alba has danced since her childhood in La Rocío, her grandmother’s famous cave. In 2015 she won El Desplante Award.

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Flamenco Festival La Isla Ciudad Flamenca Announces 2017 Program

La Isla Ciudad Flamenca festival will celebrate its fourth edition July 21 to August 31, 2017 in San Fernando (Cádiz), in southern Spain. The annual flamenco festival takes place in the island where legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla was born.

The venue for this event is the entire city of San Fernando. In addition to concerts, there will be master classes, workshops, conferences, and exhibitions.

The lineup this year includes Antonio Molina ‘El Choro’; Duquende “De Camarón A Lucía”; Antonio Canales and David Palomar “Sones De Cadiz”; El Farru; Piraña; Chiculeo; María La Mónica; Farruquito y Familia; Raúl El Bule; José Núñez; Miguel Rosendo; Jesús Castilla; Macarena Ramírez; Inma Lara; Ana Polanco; Rafael Romero; El Niño Del Parque, María José Coca; Rafael Varga; Manuel Lucas; Grupo Al Aire, Coral Castilla and other artists.

More at www.laislaciudadflamenca.com

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