The Second Festival del Círculo Flamenco de Madrid will be held from October 24 to 27, 2019. This year, the festival has come up with a different format, distributing the contents in three days – morning and evening – at several venues, so that each event takes place in an ideal space.
The first day of the festival (October 24) features two unique characters: Antonio El Marsellés and Manuel de los Ríos ‘El Pititi de El Puerto’. Despite not having developed a conventional career, both are part of that elite known as a genuine artists, highly valued by fans who have been fortunate to coincide with them. Diego del Morao will accompany them on guitar. The concert will take place at 21:00 (9 pm) in OFF Latina. General admission: € 30 (at offlatina.com or by booking at firstname.lastname@example.org). Círculo Flamenco de Madrid members: € 25 (at box office).
The second day of the festival (October 25) will begin with a colloquium entitled The album in the 21st century, with Pitingo, José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, Alberto Martínez de la Plaza and José Manuel Gamboa as panelists. The discussion will center on the evolution of the record market and the meaning of the album. It will begin at 12:30 in the Corral de la Morería, an essential tablao (flamenco nightclub) in Madrid throughout the last half century and a model of excellence today. Free admission until seta are filled.
October 25 will conclude with a night dedicated to flamenco dance with Pastora Galván, one of Spain’s most prestigious and unique dancers, who will be joined by special guest José Valencia, a leading singer in the current flamenco scene, and Juan Requena on guitar. It will also take place at El Corral de la Morería, at 22:30 (10:30 pm). General admission: € 25 (at corraldelamoreria.com). CFM members: € 20 (calling 913 658 446 from Monday to Friday).
The third day (October 26) will begin with a listening session of flamenco recordings ex profeso for that occasion and a subsequent debate, entitled Historical recordings (1899-1936). The panel will feature Miguel Poveda, Víctor Monge ‘Serranito’, José Manuel Gamboa and Carlos Martín Ballester, leading singers and guitarists. They will listen and provide their reflections around the sound recordings. At 12:30 in El Corral de la Morería. Free admission until seats are full.
The evening event that day will be held at 23:00 at Café Berlin, one of the most iconic places in Madrid, and in which the three fundamental expressions of flamenco art will be accommodated: the solo guitar of incomparable Rafael Riqueni; the art of Carmen Ledesma, dance teacher accompanied by Gabriel de la Tomasa and Antonio Moya on guitar; and finally, the great singer Pansequito, accompanied by Diego del Morao. General admission: € 30 (at berlincafe.es). CFM members: € 25 (early sale on October 10 and 17 at Círculo Flamenco de Madrid events, and at the box office).
On Sunday, October 27, at 12:30, the festival will end at the Corral de la Morería with a master class by Rafael Riqueni, a true privilege for guitarists and fans. It will last 150 minutes (registration: € 60). Information and registration at email@example.com.