Acclaimed flamenco guitar innovator Josemi Carmona is set to perform this evening, Friday, December 15, 2017 at Garra Bar in Barceló Torre de Madrid, a luxury designer hotel in Spain’s capital.
Josemi Carmona is one of the key figures in recent Spanish music. He was a member of iconic band Ketama and is part of one of the most traditional flamenco sagas, the Habichuelas. Josemi toured with his father, Pepe el Habichuela, as part of the Flamenco Puro show in the United States, along with other renowned flamenco artists.
Garra Bar is a place where art, music and urban style meet. It’s a location for music and cocktails in the heart of Madrid, by the Plaza de España.
Admission is free.
Barceló Torre de Madrid
Plaza de los Cubos
Plaza de España, 18, 28008 Madrid, Spain
On December 15th, the Sala Berlanga in Madrid will host a performance of flamenco youth and roots as part of the Flamencos y Mestizos series.
The evening will open with singer Francisco Escudero ‘El Perrete’ from Extremadura (western Spain). He’ll present his first album, a pure and fresh show full of nostalgia. Dancer Natalia del Mar ‘La Serrata’, who currently works with La Farruca in the show Del llanto y del fuego, will follow.
Francisco Escudero “El Perrete” (Badajoz, 1992) got started in flamenco thanks to Antonio Silva Giles “El Peregrino”. In 2010 he was awarded the flamenco scholarship “Porrina de Badajoz” and began to win singing contests, accumulating 13 in seven years. He participated in different flamenco festivals and international tours. In addition to his artistic activity, he has taken part in various conferences related to flamenco.
The bailaora (dancer) Natalia del Mar ‘La Serrata’ received a degree in Classical Dance by the Royal Academy of London, but was dancing in Madrid’s theaters when she opted for flamenco and started creating her own choreographies.
Born in Almería, her flamenco education was provided by masters such as José Galván and La Farruca (with whom she has shared the stage), Farruquito, La Faraona, Luis Peña and Juana Amaya. She will be traveling to the United States La Farruca’s show Del llanto y del fuego.
The Flamencos y mestizos showcases open today, December 14th, at Sala Berlanga in Madrid with Eduardo Barbero and his idiosyncratic project that combines roots music, African-American music and flamenco. He will be followed by acclaimed dancer María José Franco, whose shows have been staged in many countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Although he’s only 24 years old, Eduardo Barbero (Madrid, 1993) is one of the emerging talents of flamenco jazz. Vocalist and composer, Barbero was born and raised among musicians. His style soul, R & B, jazz and flamenco influences.
Vocally trained with Verónica Ferreiro, he has been a tenor at Gospel Factory for several years, has recorded voices for Disney and has participated in the television show La Voz. In addition, he has collaborated with acclaimed flamenco artists such as Pitingo, Estrella Morente, Enrique Heredia “El Negri” and Farruquito, among others.
María José Franco (La Tacita de Plata, Cádiz, 1977) has developed her carrer working with Carmen Cortés, La Yerbabuena, Antonio Canales, Mario Maya, among others. She’s won numerous awards, including the prestigious Festival de las Minas de la Unión, the most reputable flamenco contest.
With her own dance company she has participated in a large number of national and international festivals, and has made choreographies and shows for theaters around the world. In addition, she continues to dance solo and is a guest dancer with Antonio “El Pipa” and Paco Peña, among others.
Calle Andrés Mellado 53
Shows start at 9:00 p.m.
Price: 5.50 euros.
Tickets available at the box office and ticketea.com
The SGAE Foundation has put together a new edition of the Flamencos y mestizos series. The showcases begin today and will run until December 17. The performances will take place at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.
The set of showcases will feature singers Eduardo Barbero, Francisco Escudero ‘El Perrete’, ‘El Ingueta Rubio’, Alfredo Tejada; the dance of María José Franco, Natalia del Mar ‘La Serrata’ and Fernando Jiménez Torres, and the Christmas zambomba ‘ Navidad Cantaora’.
Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase series created to offer a window to emerging artists who explore the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through compositions, dance and cante (song). This is the sixth installment of this series, directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.
Calle Andrés Mellado 53.
Shows start at 9:00 p.m.
Price: 5.50 euros.
Tickets available at the box office and ticketea.com
Son de la Frontera (Sound of the Frontier) was an unconventional Flamenco ensemble from southern Spain. The members of Son de la Frontera convey unbridled flamenco passion while also carving a wholly unique path in their personal tribute to Spain’s renowned guitar master and sonic innovator Diego del Gastor.
In performing the music of maestro Gastor, the great guitarist and musical visionary from Moron de la Frontera (in the province of Sevilla), Son de la Frontera was committed to exploring the cross-pollination of Spanish-based traditions with sounds from four other continents, revealing flamenco’s ancient Moorish and Middle Eastern heritage while also blending in rhythmic and melodic elements from Cuba Argentina Colombia and Venezuela.
Throughout his illustrious career Gastor (1908-1973) was known for his melding of Latin sounds with flamenco traditions. Son de la Frontera expands on his rich legacy by being the first flamenco group to prominently feature the Cuban tres (literally “three” in Spanish), a small guitar-like instrument with three sets of double metal strings.
Led by Raul Rodriguez on the tres, Son de la Frontera also included two of Gastor’s descendants: Spanish guitar virtuoso Paco De Amparo and flamenco dancer Pepe Torres (both grand-nephews of the maestro). The group was rounded out by vocalist Moi De Moron and percussionist Manuel Flores, both of whom were born and raised in the flamenco hotbed of Gastor’s beloved Moron de la Frontera. Together they created a scintillating chemistry on their United States debut.
Their debut CD Son de la Frontera was full of stirring falsetas and precision unison lines between Rodriguez’s steel-stringed tres and Amparo’s nylon-stringed guitar exhilarating flurries of synchronized handclaps (compas) from Flores and Moron dramatic pulse-quickening taps from dancer Torres and intensely passionate vocals from Moron.
Gastor’s compositions illuminated the Middle Eastern influences on flamenco in the spirited zambra “Arabesco” while his soleas “Como El Agua Entre Las Piedras” and “Recuerdo” are laden with emotion.
Elsewhere Gastor’s joyful rumba “Tangos de mi Novia” uncovers an Argentine connection to flamenco – while the brisk interplay between Rodriguez’s tres and Amparo’s strummed guitar on that buoyant piece also adds the infectious spirit of a Cuban tumbao rhythm. The album’s 9-minute centerpiece “Cambiaron Los Tiempos,” is a stunning showcase for each individual in the ensemble to stretch out instrumentally on a danceable seguiriya form.
The members of Son de la Frontera met in 1998 while playing together in the band supporting Rodriguez’s mother, renowned Spanish singer Martirio. As he explains “All of the band’s members loved the legacy of Diego del Gastor and we began experimenting with his music incorporating the Cuban tres that my mother brought back for me from Havana. It was a special souvenir from her appearance at the 90th birthday celebration for the great Cuban guitarist Compay Segundo [of the Buena Vista Social Club] For me, bringing the Cuban tres to flamenco was a natural extension of Gastor’s creative vision.”
In 2001 Paco de Amparo formed a new band called SonAires de la Frontera.
María del Rosario González Flores, better known as Rosario, was born November 4, 1963 in Madrid, Spain. She grew up in a family of renowned Spanish Gypsy performers. She is the youngest daughter of one of Spain’s most famous pop stars during the late 20th century, Lola Flores, also known as La Faraona. Her father Antonio Gonzalez was known as El Pescailla.
“I was born in Madrid. My mother and father was a couple of artists that devoted their lives to art. My mother was a great artist. The most charismatic figure and the most popular in Spain, this is why they called her La Faraona [The Pharaohness] or Lola from Spain.”
I grew up rapidly, I was the youngest of the family taking part of artist gatherings accompanied by guitars and submerged on magical flamenco chanting.
My father was the creator of the Catalan rumba which he created inspired in geniuses of Caribbean music such as Compay Segundo. His artistic name was El Pescadilla, his style was the one the Gypsy Kings made popular around the world, in a modern version that is.”
Art and music are revealed in each and every one of Rosario’s productions. She was predestined to be the artist she has become. She initiated in the artistic world at the short age of five taking part in a dozen movies and television series such as Al fin solos (Alone at Last), Cale Mariana Pineda (a masterpiece of Federico Garcia Lorca) among others.
Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Camaron, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones, Carole King, etc. are great musicians that have become part of her life. Her harmonious personality is a result of this fusion of cultures and styles including bossa nova, funk, Gypsy rumba and contemporary pop. An exceedingly music blend is what Rosario has established as being her most authentic expression. According to the singer Camaron de la Isla she is a genius for the flamenco history.
Her recording career begun in 1992 with the album De Ley (About Law), ongoing with Siento (I Feel) in 1994 and later on came Mucho por Vivir (Much to Love) in 1996.
Subsequently, she published Jugar a la Locura (Playing Insanity) in which Rosario wrote ten of the eleven songs and for which she was nominated for a Latin Grammy. This was an electrifying album, a bit of a rocker, full of energy power and sentiment. She sold over 1 million copies out of these first productions only in Spain.
“I don’t want to look back, I’m going forward with no repudiations of my origins because there is nobody that will take away my blood. I miss Antonio, my brother, who always helped me and died very young. He was one of the biggest Spanish musicians and singers of the new generation. I’m devoted to the stage because I think my parents brought me to this world to sing and act: this is my life.”
“My production Muchas Flores (Bunch of Flowers) is a music evolution; it’s made up of bolero, bossa nova, Catalan and Caribbean rumba as well as pop-for the good music lovers. This album is alive, acoustic in presence and essence, enclosing my own lyrics as well as my friends’ Calamaro, Jorge Drexler among others.” The album also includes flamenco blues guitarist Raimundo Amador as well as Antonio Carmona and Jose Miguel Carmona, guitar Ketama’s guitar player.
Rosario has sold about five million copies of Muchas Flores, an album that got her a 2002 Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Album. She also obtained a Premio de la Musica award as Best Song for Como quieres que te quiera (How do you want me to love you).
Hand in hand with acclaimed film director Almodovar she played the roll of a bullfighter in the film Hable con Ella: the outcome was as celebrated as her album. In January 2003 Hable con Ella obtained the Golden Globe Award for Best Film, an award that preludes the Oscars in the US. The film was also nominated for the 2002 Oscars for Best Director and Best Original Script.
De Mil Colores (In a thousand colors) was released in 2004. The album is a blend of rumba and bossa nova, Andalucia and Brazil, the flamenco guitar and the Cuban tres, funk and ballads. The album was produced entirely by Fernando Illen with Antonio Carmona’s collaboration in two songs. Rosario also shared her inspiration writing five of the 11 tracks included in the record.
De Ley (1992) Siento (1995)
Mucho Por Vivir (1996)
Jugar a la Locura (1999) Muchas Flores (Sony, 2001)
De Mil Colores (2004)
Contigo Me Voy (2006) Parte de Mí (2008)
Cuéntame, TV soundtrack (2009)
Rosario (2013) Gloria a ti (2016)
After his fruitful collaboration with master Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy on the best selling album Flamenco Arabe, flamenco guitar virtuoso Rafa El Tachuela returns with a masterpiece of work, a collection of romantic and beautiful compositions in Flamenco Romantico.
The moods evoked on the 12 instrumental tracks range from harmony and longing to quarrels and beauty. Born in Berlin, Rafa El Tachuela began teaching himself flamenco guitar at the age of thirteen.
He has toured through Europe as a soloist. Our picks on this album include the upbeat Con Temperamento and the Arabic-tinged Juntos en la Inspiracion.
Spain Forever, the most recent collaboration between Dominican jazz piano master Michel Camilo and legendary flamenco guitarist Tomatito won the Best Instrumental Album at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.
The album includes an original composition by Camilo and recreations of classics by Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden, Astor Piazzola, Erik Satie, Ennio Morricone, Django Reindhart, Luiz Bonfá and Chick Corea.
Spanish multi-instrumentalist, composer, researcher and inventor Raúl Rodríguez has released another impressive recording titled La Raíz Eléctrica.
The new album continues Raúl Rodríguez’s explorations of flamenco, Caribbean and African music connections. On La Raíz Eléctrica you’ll find a delectable mix of flamenco, Afrobeat, Cuban son, Haitian vodoo rhythms and Andalusian rock.
La Raíz Eléctrica features a remarkable cast of guests, including Haitian musicians from Lakou Mizik, Boukman Eksperyans as well as Paul Beaubrun; American singer Jackson Browne; and other extraordinary musicians.
Raúl Rodríguez showcases his talent playing a wide range of musical instruments including two variations of the Cuban tres he came up with: the flamenco tres and the electric tres, which appears in this album for the first time.
La Raíz Eléctrica has it all: fiery percussive pieces, notable solo guitar performances and inspiring songs.
You don’t want to miss the physicals version. La Raíz Eléctrica comes with a 100+ page hard cover book with essays, photos , credits, English-language translations and a cover by one of Spain’s most talented graphic designers, Mariscal.
The lineup includes Raúl Rodríguez on vocals, tres flamenco, electric tres, electric guitar, flamenco guitar, lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, palmas (flamenco handclap percussion), bombo, caja, shekere, karkabas, kazoo; Aleix Tobias on drums, cajon, calabash, darbuka, bells, bendir, congas, tambourine and effects; Pablo Martin Jones on cajon, palmas, bell, kalimbas, bongos, congas, bells; Guillem Aguilar on bass; Mario Mas on electric and flamenco guitar; Domi Jr. on jembe; Peterson “Tipiti” Joseph and James Acarrier on kone (Haitian metal horns); Jackson Browne on vocals; Javier Mas on archlute; Paul Beaubrun on electric guitar; Theodore “Lòlò” Beaubrun on lead and backing vocals; Mimerose P. “Manzé” Beaubrun, Natacha Massillon, Caroline Dejean Andrus, Donier Mondesir, and Emilio Cuervo on backing vocals; Domi Serralbo and Paco Pavia on palmas; and dancer Juan de Juan.
La Raíz Eléctrica is a masterfully-crafted cross-pollination of musical styles by one of Spain’s most gifted musicians.