Talento Flamenco (Flamenco talent) closed its third edition at the 2019 Cordoba Guitar Festival. In a crowded courtyard at the Posada del Potro, the Fosforito Flamenco Center hosted on July 12th the hard-fought final of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Contest 2019, organized by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. The award went to Cordoba-born Juan José León. The first prize is endowed with 1,400 euros and a trophy.
The second prize, worth 900 euros, went to Pablo Fernández (Barcelona), to whom the jury also awarded the Acciona Scholarship, worth 5,000 euros, which will allow him to study the next academic year at the Cristina Heeren flamenco school in Seville.
The third prize, 600 euros, went to Luis González from Badajoz.
In total, in its three editions, Talento Flamenco has given awards to more than fifty young singers, guitarists and dancers, aged 16 to 30 years, mostly Andalusians, but also from other points of the Spanish geography and countries such as Brazil and France.
The Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest 2019 is sponsored by the Cristina Heeren Foundation with the aim of “giving young people the boost they need to, with knowledge and practice, shining on their talent“, according to Pepa Sánchez, Academic Director of the school.
The SGAE Foundation continues to collaborate with Flamenco Festival London as part of its FlamencoEñe and JazzEñe programs to internationalize Spanish music. Specifically, the Foundation will present performances by Spanish artists Kiki Morente and David Carmona (July 12), participants in the most recent edition of FlamencoEñe; and Antonio Lizana (July 11), who was selected in the 4th JazzEñe showcase in 2017. Both showcases brought together a series of foreign performing arts presenters and promoters with a selection of flamenco musicians from Spain.
The initiative of the SGAE Foundation has opened the doors of the international circuit to these three artists who will export their talent within the official program of the Flamenco Festival London 2019, which will be held in London from July 2 to 14. Antonio Lizana, Kiki Morente and David Carmona will be part of the roster that the Flamenco Festival has designed for different stages throughout London. This is a privilege for these rising artists as they will perform alongside veteran and renowned artists such as Sara Baras, Miguel Poveda, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona and Maria Terremoto.
Renowned saxophonist and singer Antonio Lizana will open JazzEñe’s program in London on July 11 (8:00 pm) at the Cervantes Theater, 229 Union St, London. Lizana will present to the British public the songs of his most recent album: Oriente.
The FlamencoEñe showcase in London will begin on July 12, at 6:00 pm, at the Lilian Baylis Studio (183 Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London) will be the debut of flamenco guitar virtuoso David Carmona and his show Un sueño de locura (A Dream of Madness).
Two hours later (8:30 pm) the youngest of the Morente dynasty, Kiki Morente will perform in the same space to present the Albayzín show, a tribute to his father, Enrique Morente, and the neighborhood of Granada where he grew up, in which he will be accompanied by dancer Irene Rueda.
Juan Torres Fajardo, better known as Juan Habichuela Nieto was born in Granada, Spain on May 31, 1989. He is a renowned guitarist and composer who belongs to one of the most important flamenco dynasties. He is the grandson of Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’, an indisputable maestro guitarist who passed away in 2016.
At the age of 15, Juan was already playing guitar, accompanying the late Enrique Morente, one of the finest singers of his generation, performing on the best stages in the world.
Since then he has worked with great artists like Pitingo, Estrella Morente, Jose Enrique Morente, his uncle Antonio Carmona, Juan de Juan, Antonio Canales, Carlos Benavent and Jorge Pardo among others.
In 2011, he received the Bordón de Oro award from the Cante de las Minas Festival.
Juan Habichuela Nieto’s first solo album was “Mi alma a solas” (Universal Music Spain). It features well-known guest artists such as Estrella Morente, Marina Heredia, Antonio Carmona, Lolita, Rosario Flores, etc.
His second album “Sentimientos de mi ser” (Universal Music Spain) was released in July of 2017.
Fabiola Pérez, better known as “La Fabi”, was born on May 25, in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). She grew up in the Barrio Bajo neighborhood, began to sing to the public at 11 years old and has not stopped since.
Her mother discovered her vocal skill. Fabiola started
singing at a young age, was always singing and did it well. Her parents supported
her from the very beginning.
La Fabi started singing in Festivals and Flamenco clubs when she was only eleven years old. She spent time with the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, an essential part of her career.
She collaborated with well-known dancers using a percussive
vocal style and participated in several albums by noteworthy artists such as
Enrique el Extremeño, Manuel Parrilla and Antonio Rey.
Her style is expressive, intense and energetic, one of the finest voices in the current flamenco scene.
In late 2018, La Fabi released her album “Fruto y Flores“. The album features guitarists José Serrano, Paco Heredia and Tomatito, Israel Suárez “El Piraña” on percussion, Bernardo Parrilla on violin, Nene Maya on bass and Zambullo and Ezequiel “Nano” on backing vocals and palmas (handclap percussion).
Diego Moreno Jiménez, better known as , was born September 20, 1978 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
He grew up as a member of the renowned dynasty of the Morao. Diego is the eldest son of Moraito Chico and he trained at home under the watchful eye of his father, although he also received training at the Carbonero school.
He appeared on stage at 14, accompanying artists at different clubs and festivals. Soon his guitar attracted the attention of flamenco stars such as José Mercé. Enrique Morente, Diego el Cigala, la Niña Pastori, Miguel Poveda, Pansequito, Diego Carrasco, Montse Cortés, Marina Heredia, and others.
Flamenco pianist Rosario Lazo Montoya “Reina Gitana” was born in Jerez de la Frontera on April 29, 1974.
The Reina Gitana (Gypsy Queen) grew up in a gypsy family full of artists. Her father is Antonio “El Pescaero”, owner of a flamenco fan club in Jerez that bears his name. Her maternal grandfather was a great guitarist and so is her uncle. Her aunt Rosario Montoya was a singer that toured the world with her own company. Her grandmother Pilar Montoya was also a great dancer.
Rosario studied at the Royal Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Cádiz, where she obtained the first prize for composition.
She is the first gypsy woman in Spain that received a degree as piano teacher and instrumentalist.
She has performed at major venues throughout Spain and also appeared on various TV and radio networks, such as Televisión Española, Canal Sur, Canal 2 Andalucía and Onda Jerez.
Rosario is passionate about pure, traditional flamenco.
Gypsy singer Pedro Heredia Reyes, better known as Pedro El
Granaino, was born in Granada, Spain in 1973. Singing was part of his life from
the day he was born.
He has worked with great flamenco artists such as Los Farruco, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito and Enrique Morente, among others.
In 2012 he began his solo career. Since then, he has won
praise for his singing and his deep knowledge of the flamenco tradition. Pedro El
Granaino is considered one of the best singers of the current scene.
Antonio Reyes Montoya was born in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain in 1975. He grew up in a family with deep flamenco roots. His maternal grandfather is Antonio Montoya and his uncle Roque Montoya “Jarrito.” Antonio Reyes is also related to José Cortés Jiménez, “Pansequito”.
He appeared on stage for the first time when he was 7 years old, at the Fiesta de la Parpuja de Chiclana. In 1984, he performed at the bullring in Jerez, on Flamenco Thursdays, organized by the guitarist Manuel Morao. At 10, he won the first prize in Fuengirola, in the youth category.
In 1988, at the age of 13, he was a finalist in the Mairena del Alcor competition and traveled throughout the United States with the Gitanos de Jerez Company directed by Manuel Morao and later in Europe with the Misa Flamenca show.
In 2009 he recorded his first album “Viento del Sur”. In 2014, he won the “Giraldillo al cante” of the Flamenco Biennial of Seville, as the jury appreciated “for incorporating his personality into the legacy of the great masters” and in 2015 he recorded his second album with guitarist Diego del Morao.
Alonso Núñez Heredia, better known as ‘El Purili’was born in La Línea de la Concepción, Spain in 2000. He stood out as a child for his talent as a singer and dancer, performing flamenco from an early age. For many fans, he is one of the rising talents of flamenco art.
He grew up in a household where everyone was a flamenco fan and attended three-day long celebrations. His great grandparents were flamenco performers.
El Purili’s greatest influence is Perico El Pañero. A friend told him to check out his music. El Purili got on Youtube and found one of Perico’s performances, singing tonás. Eventually El Purili met Perico at a flamenco peña (flamenco fan club).
Other musical influences include current artists José de la Tomasa, Cancanilla, Tío Manuel Moneo and some of the great voices of the past like Antonio Mairena, Manuel Torre, Juanito Mojama, Niña de los Peines, Curro and Manuel Mairena.
David de Jacoba was born in Motril, Granada in 1985. He has a unique vocal style and exceptional ability as a singer. Since he arrived in Madrid in 2008, he began to sing along with great flamenco artist such as El Niño Josele, Joaquín Cortés and Tomatito.
In 2010 he joined the group of Paco de Lucía, with whom he toured for three consecutive years.
At the end of 2014 he released his first album, Jubileo, that included well known artists such as Vicente Amigo, Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona.