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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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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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