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Círculo Flamenco de Madrid Unveils Early 2020 Program

Manolo Franco at the Bienal de Flamenco

Performing arts presenter Círculo Flamenco de Madrid has announced its programming for the first quarter of 2020.  The programming includes flamenco concerts at the OFF Latina venues, and book presentations at No Tarima Libros in Madrid, Spain.

The first show will take place on January 16, presenting one of the great flamenco guitarists from Seville, Manolo Franco.

On January 23 there will be a presentation of the magazine Recopilatorio Artistas Flamencos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Flamenco Artists Collection of Sanlúcar de Barrameda), by Servando Repetto.

Antonio Campos – Tardo Antiguo

The last event in January will be the presentation of the new album from Antonio Campos, titled Tardo Antiguo.

The February program will begin on February 6th with a concert by Ángel Gabarre accompanied by Montoyita on guitar.

On February 13, the Círculo Flamenco de Madrid will present the book Tremendo asombro by José Luis Ortiz Nuevo, a poet from Archidona who found traces offlamenco in the theaters of Havana.

The last show that month will be on February 27, an encounter with radio producer José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, who will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his radio show Nuestro flamenco.

March will begin on January 12th with the traditional Flamenco Women’s Day (Día de la Mujer Flamenca), which will feature La Kaíta as the protagonist, in addition to the many guests who will join in.

On March 19th, Paco Zambrano will present his book Porrina de Badajoz, an essential biography that has just sold out its second edition.

The quarter will close on March 26th with the concert by Jerez artists Miguel Lavi and Manuel Parrilla.

 All events will begin at 9:00 pm, both in OFF Latina, and at No Tarima Libros.

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Artist Profiles: Marta Heredia

Marta Heredia

Gypsy singer Marta Heredia Bermúdez, better known as Marta Heredia, was born in Madrid. She grew up in a family of well known flamenco performers. Her father is Josele and her brother is the late Ray Heredia, a celebrated nuevo flamenco pioneer.

She began her artistic career at Manolo Caracol’s famous Los Canasteros flamenco nightclub in Madrid.

Marta and her two sisters formed a group called Vuelo Blanco that released two LPs.

She performed at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 in the Spanish Pavillion for two months.

Marta was the lead singer for guitarist Enrique de Melchor’s shows.

She has worked in numerous countries accompanying great flamenco artists. Her 2020 show, Flamenco Essences is a geographical tour of traditional and current flamenco, focusing on soleá, tangos, bulerías, alegrías, fandangos de Huelva and tientos.

Marta has appeared in numerous albums, including Enrique De Melchor’s La Noche y El Dia ‎(Fonomusic, 1991), Carlos Cano’s De La Luna y El Sol (Movieplay, 1980), Vuelo Blanco’s Era Una Rosa Fragante ‎(Movieplay, 1980), Carlos Cano’s El Gallo De Morón (Movieplay, 1981), the album Ven y Sígueme with Manolo Sanlucar, Rocio Jurado and Juan Peña “El Lebrijano” ‎(RCA Victor, 1982), Vicente Soto Sordera’s El Ritmo de la Sangre ‎(Flamencos Accidentales, 1988), Chiquetete’s Tú y Yo (Zafiro, 1981), Los Del Rio’s Calentito ‎(Ariola, 1995), María Jiménez’s Eres Como Eres (Divucsa, 1995) and Con Dos Camas Vacías Various – …Entre Todas Las Mujeres ‎(BMG Spain, 2003).

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Artist Profiles: Lucky Losada

Lucky Losada

Luis Fernández Salazar (better known as Lucky Losada) is the son of flamenco guitarist Tito Losada, the artist who has contributed the most to Lucky’s musical career. Tito gave Lucky guitar lessons starting at the age of 11. However, Lucky chose percussion from a young age, identifying himself very soon with the flamenco cajón.

Lucky has accompanied important flamenco artists such as Antonio Canales, Merche Esmeralda, Duquende, Guadiana, Pepe Luis Carmona and Diego ‘El Cigala’. He has been Tomatito’s percussionist for several years. In addition, he regally participates in his father’s shows.

He produced the albums “Sembrando inquietudes” by Ramón Jiménez and “Misa flamenca” by Tito Losada. respectively.

Lucky also participated in recordings by renowned flamenco artists, including Niña Pastori’s “No hay quinto malo”, Parrita’s “Parrita con el Alma”, Tomatito’s “Aguadulce”, Diego El Cigala’s “Undebel” and “Picasso en mis ojos”, and Guadiana’s “Cuando el río suena.”

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Artist Profiles: Antonio Losada

Antonio Losada

Antonio Losada is the youngest son of flamenco guitarist Tito Losada. Since childhood, he collaborated as a dancer in numerous shows (at only 4 years old he recorded a CD with his group Adali).

Years later, Antonio quit singing and chose the flamenco cajón instead. He is a skilled percussionist and regularly performs with his bother Lucky Losada.

He has toured with various artists such as Antonio Canales, Lola Greco and Cecilia Gómez. He also performs frequently with his father.

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SGAE Foundation to Showcase Madrid Flamenco in January 2020

The SGAE Foundation will present Flamencos de Aqui (Flamencos from Here), a series of concerts from January 23 to 25, 2020 at the Sala Berlanga venue. The artists featured are part of Madrid’s thriving flamenco scene.

The series will begin on January 23rd with celebrated Gypsy singer M. Heredia (Marta Heredia), an artist that has performed at the most important theaters in the world, accompanied by upcoming artists on dance and guitar. M. Heredia is a member of the famed Heredia flamenco lineage. Her show is titled Esencias Flamencas.

M. Heredia

The next day, January 24, the focus will be the Flamenco cajón, a percussion instrument that has become a standard in flamenco ensembles. Cajón masters Lucky Losada and Antonio Losada, members of the well known Losada family, will show the audience the evolution of this musical instrument, together with dance and guitar. The show is titled Flamencos por cajones, a word play that means ballsy flamenco or flamenco for the sake of it.

Lucky Losada
Antonio Losada

The series will conclude on Friday, January 25, showcasing the great guitarist Iván Losada, accompanied by young upcoming dancers and singers. The show is titled Los canasteros: Tributo al Teatro Real de los gitanos (Los canasteros: Tribute to the Royal Theater of the Gypsies).

Iván Losada – Photo courtesy of Cardamomo Flamenco Madrid

This diverse concert is a tribute to the legendary flamenco maestro Manolo Caracol, his zambra and the now defunct Los Canasteros flamenco nightclub in Madrid. For 30 years, Los Canasteros welcomed artists, intellectuals and bullfighters on Barbieri Street, and was known by the nickname of “Teatro Real” (Royal theater) of the gypsies

Program:

Wednesday, January 23 – Esencias Flamencas

  • M. Heredia, vocals
  • Jesús “el Almendro”, vocals
  • José Sisón, guitar
  • Marcos Morales, dance
  • Antonia Estepa, dance

Thursday – January 24 – Flamencos por cajones

  • Lucky Losada, percussion
  • Antonio Losada, percussion
  • Saúl Quirós, vocals
  • Mario Montoya, guitar
  • Ileana Gómez, dance

Friday, January 25 – Los canasteros: Homenaje al “Teatro Real” de los gitanos

  • Iván Losada, guitar
  • Eleazar Cerreduela, vocals
  • Nael Salazar, vocals
  • Iván Losada Jr., percussion
  • José “el Bocadillo”, dance

All shows at 9:00 pm at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53. Price: 6.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and at entradas.com.

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The Flamencos y Mestizos Series Returns to Madrid in December 2019

Naike Ponce & Paquete

The SGAE Foundation will present the latest edition of Flamenco y Mestizos (Flamenco and hybrids) this month. The ongoing series provides a window to emerging projects. The series will take place December 12-14, 2019 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid, Spain.

Flamencos y Mestizos will cover all aspects of current flamenco, focusing on singing, dancing, the guitar and saxophone.

Antonio Lizana – Photo by Ana Solinis

The first show will be on Thursday, December 12, with the project of young saxophonist and singer from Cádiz, Antonio Lizana, who fuses jazz and flamenco. The next concert that day will present singer Naike Ponce, from Salucar de Barrameda, accompanied by the guitar of Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, a member of the prestigious flamenco lineage of Los Porrina.

María Marín – Photo by Eantorique
Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona’

The next day, December 13, Flamencos y Mestizos will open with the self-taught vocals of María Marín, who will travel throughout the world with her voice, accompanied by her inseparable guitar. The second session of the night will showcase the dance performance of a young artist from Cádiz, Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona.’

La Fabi at Flamenco Eñe
Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Paco Lobato

The SGAE Foundation will conclude this series on Saturday, December 14 with the moaning style of La Fabi (Fabiola Pérez), who will present her album Frutos y flores, where she displays her powerful voice. The other artist featured, Antonia Jiménez will demonstrate that women can also embrace the curves of a guitar with fury, talent and passion.

Created in 2015, Flamencos y Mestizos has become a window for emerging artists who investigate the borders between deep flamenco and mestizo (hybrid) flamenco. The series is directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Shows start at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid. Price: 5.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and tickets.com.

Schedule

Thursday, December 12
Antonio Lizana (sax and vocals)
Naike Ponce & Paquete (vocals and guitar)

Friday, December 13
María Marín (vocals and guitar)
La Piñona (dance)

Saturday, December 14
Antonia Jiménez (guitar)
La Fabi (vocals)

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Artist Profiles: Naike Ponce

Naike Ponce

Singer and dancer Naike Ponce was born in Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz, Spain) and grew up in various cities in southern Spain: Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Sevilla and Utrera. She was discovered by the legendary cantaora ‘La Sallago’, who instilled in her the wisdom of singing from the gut and the heart. Naike has a powerful and versatile voice.

Se received a scholarship from the prestigious ‘Cristina Hereen’ flamenco school, as well as the first prize in the ‘Primer concurso Cantiñas de Cádiz’, the ‘Upcoming Artist Award’ of the The Gran Vía Awards and the first prize in the ‘Concurso por saetas de Torres Macarena’ in Seville.

Throughout her career, she has worked in the best flamenco clubs and festivals in Andalusia. Later, she moved to Madrid. In the Spanish capital, Naike was part of great shows like the musical ‘Cómplices’ and collaborated with top artists such as Jorge Pardo, Estrella Morente, Manolo Sanlúcar, Manolo Soler, Caramelo, Dany Noel, Yelsy Heredia, Isrrael Varela, Piranha, Maria Vargas, Chano Lobato, Pansequito, Rancapino, Matilde Corral, Paco Taranto, and Naranjito de Triana.

In 2019 she toured several times with guitarist Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete.

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Artist Profiles: Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, is an acclaimed guitarist and a successful record producer. Together with Enrique Heredia ‘El Negri’, he was part of the successful and unforgettable band of new flamenco La Barbería del Sur.

‘Paquete’ is a member of one of the great flamenco family lineages, Los Porrina de Badajoz. He’s a multi-talented artist who appeared as an actor in the movie ‘Tierra’ by Julio Meden. Paquete produced two Grammy-winning albums, Tomatito’s ‘Agua Dulce’ de Tomatito and ‘Picasso en mis ojos’ with Diego ‘El Cigala’.

Throughout his career, he has performed with Enrique, Kiki and Estrella Morente; La Tana, Piraña, El Bandolero, Yelsy Heredia, Caramelo, Diego Carrasco, Montse Cortés, Alain Pérez, José Soto ‘El
Sorderita’, and mamny others.

‘Mr. Pakett’ was his great solo project, an album that incorporated a mix of tradiitonal flamenco guitar along with jazz explorations.

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Artist Profiles: Antonia Jiménez

Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Luca Fiaccavento

Guitarist Antonia Jiménez was born in the Port of Santa María (Cádiz). She started learning flamenco guitar with Antonio Villar at a young age. She accompanied Villar singing and dancing at Andalusian tablaos (flamenco nightclubs) and flamenco clubs. Later she moved to Madrid, where she played at the most relevant tablaos and the leading venues in the Spanish capital, accompanying various artists.

Antonia Jiménez has toured the globe accompanying high profile performers such as singers Carmen Linares, Montse Cortés and Juan Pinilla and dancers like Merche Esmeralda, Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Rocío Molina, Manuel Liñán, and Belén Maya.

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Artist Profiles: Antonio Lizana

Antonio Lizana – Photo by Ana Solinis

Saxophonist, singer, arranger and composer Antonio Lizana was born in San Fernando, (Cádiz, Spain) in 1983.

He began sax studies in his native Cádiz and later continued at Musikene in northern Spain.

Antonio Lizana participated in Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra on the Satierismos album (2011). He also collaborated with Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band.

Lizana specializes in the fusion of jazz and flamenco.

Discography:

De Viento ‎(Quartet Records, 2012)
Quimeras Del Mar ‎(Sony Music, 2015)
Oriente ‎(Sony Music, 2017)

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