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The 4th edition of ‘FlamencoEñe’ returns to Malaga in June 2019

Israel Fernandez

The 4th Flamenco Show for International Programmers FlamencoEñe 2019 will be held from June 27 to 29, 2019 in Malaga, Spain. The initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Museo Picasso Málaga and the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco-Regional Secretary of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía, aims to internationalize flamenco made in Spain.

Lela Soto

For three days, the Picasso Museum in Málaga Auditorium (Calle San Agustín, 8) will host a total of 12 concerts in showcase format with some of the most representative proposals of contemporary Spanish flamenco. The program combines the usual names and acquaintances of the current scene with young talents, featuring a wide range of styles: Ana Crismán Arpa Jonda, Las Bautistas, Carrasco Family Project, La Fabi, Israel Fernandez and Diego del Morao, José del Tomate and their group, Lela Soto, La Negra and Panky, Pedro Ojesto & Flamenco Jazz Company, Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni and Rancapino Chico.

Along with the public, FlamencoEñe will be attended by representatives of various festivals and promoters from around the world, invited by the SGAE Foundation so that they can come into direct contact with the participating musicians and promote new ways of collaboration. Thus, during the three days of the event, musicians will perform live and also hold professional meetings with flamenco programmers from all over the world.

The fourth edition of FlamencoEñe has a heterogeneous roster with edgy presentations, highlighting young flamenco creators who are conquering the genre. This is the case of Ana Crismán, who will perform her Arpa Jonda (deep harp) project; the sisters from Alicante, Tere and Ángela, known artistically as Las Bautista; Fabiola Pérez -‘La Fabi’- who will present her latest album: Fruto y flores; the youngest heiress of the the Sordera Family, Lela Soto; and the fusion with charm of La Negra & El Panky.

Flamenco roots and its heritage will also be present in this edition of FlamencoEñe with the presence of artists such as Rancapino Chico, considered ‘the artistic son of Camarón.’

Attendees will also experience the live performance of José del Tomate and his group, son of guitarist Tomatito; or the Habichuela dynasty with Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela, founder of La Barbería del Sur, son of the great guitarist Luis Habichuela, nephew of Juan Habichuela and Pepe Habichuela. Also Diego Carrasco, one of the current references of avant-garde flamenco, will perform in Malaga to present his show Family Project, accompanied by some members of his lineage.

Finally, FlamencoEñe will allow present flamenco fusion and traditional flamenco. This is the case of Sevillian maestro Rafael Riqueni, considered one of the most prestigious guitar players of the moment.

Another proposal will come from Israel Fernandez (vocals) and Diego del Morao (guitar), undoubtedly, one of the leading flamenco couples at this time; Madrid pianist Pedro Ojesto has also been selected for this show. He will arrive to Malaga with the Flamenco Jazz Company, a project he leads and in which flamenco and jazz merge.

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Artist Profiles: Dany Noel

Dany Noel

Dany Noel was born in Havana, Cuba. He began his performing career at only 8 years old singing and playing guitar. After taking up acoustic and electric bass, he began to play with the top son, salsa and timba groups from Cuba. Ultimately, he left his native country to settle in Torino, Italy.

Dany is a renowned bassist, musical director, arranger, composer, producer, singer and graduate of classical guitar at the Conservatorio Ignacio Cervantes de la Habana. He has collaborated and recorded with prestigious musicians such as Celia Cruz, Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés, Pio Leyva, Xiomara Laugart, Iovanny Hidalgo, Richie Flores, Jose Alberto El Canario, Richie Rey, Rey Sepulveda, Mayito Rivera, Roberto Van Van, Changuito, Alexander Abreu and Jerry Gonzalez among others.

He moved to Europe in 1997, first to Italy. Along with Cuban drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, he formed Italuba as bassist, musical director, arranger and composer.

Dany is currently living in Madrid and has worked with Spanish, Argentine and Greek artists Luz Casal, Victoria Abril, Lolita Flores, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Mariza, Arvanitaki Elefteria, Fito Páez, Ojos de Brujo, José Luis Perales and film director Fernando Trueba in his movie Chico y Rita.

He has also entered the pop and flamenco scene, which has led him to record with artists such as Niño Josele; Concha Buika on her album Niña de Fuego, winner of a Grammy Award, produced by Javier Limón; and Limón’s project Son de Limón, as bassist, voices and arranger.

In his 2017 album, Por La Habana , Danny focuses on the roots of Cuban music, his ancestors and his own words: “It’s an album so that my parents and my people won’t stop dancing”.

Discography:

Mi Sentir (2006)
Dime Si Tú Sabes (2006)
Proposicion (2011)
Confidence, with Dario Chiazzolino (2014)
Tinta Unida (2014)
Por La Habana ‎(Abanico Records, 2017)

With Italuba:

Italuba (Timba Records, 2002)
Italuba II (Cacao Musica, 2006)

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Artist Profiles: Kiki Morente

Kiki Morente

José Enrique Morente Carbonell, better known as “Kiki Morente” was born in 1989 in Granada, Spain. He is the son of famed flamenco singer Enrique Morente.

Kiki is a singer, guitarist and composer. As a young boy, he used to sing next to his father and his sister, Estrella in respected venues worldwide. He follows on his fathers’ footsteps, understanding the roots of flamenco but recreating them through a modern perspective.

Kiki Morente – Albayzín

His debut album is titled Albayzín. It is dedicated to Albayzín, one of the most iconic neighborhoods of his hometown, Granada.

In 2019, Kiki Morente toured with David Carmona on guitar, Pedro Gabarre “Popo” on percussion and dancer Irene Rueda.

Discography:

Albayzín (Universal Music Spain, 2017)

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Flamenco and Jazz, Andreas Arnold’s Two Hearts

Andreas Arnold – Odisea

Andreas Arnold – Odisea (Galileo Music, 2019)

Andreas Arnold is a US-based, jazz-trained German guitarist who fell in love with flamenco and spent some time in southern Spain immersed in flamenco culture. Odisea is his third release and it is deeply influenced by flamenco guitar and Mediterranean music. Unlike other non-Spanish guitarists who play easy listening flamenco rumbas, Arnold plays the real stuff: soleas, tangos and other forms.

Odisea is a melting pot of musical ideas and cross-pollination. Andreas Arnold incorporates jazz, flamenco, Greek and other world music influences. This project showcases a skilled trio format that includes Arnold on guitars, Greek musician Petros Klampanis on acoustic bass and Japanese percussionist Miguel Hiroshi, who was raised in Granada, Spain.

I think this album is sort of a homecoming for me,” says Arnold about Odisea. “Back to a looser and improvised approach, while incorporating many things that I’ve learned during my travels across the vast seas of flamenco. Back to jazz elements, even back to classical elements that are rooted in my childhood.”

The recordings took place in Brooklyn (New York) and also in Cadiz and Madrid (Spain) and feature additional guests who provide additional authenticity to the flamenco side of the album. Guests include Carlos Ronda on cajon and palmas (flamenco handclap percussion); Cristian Soto on vocals; David Enhco on trumpet; Guy Mintus on piano and melodica; Jeremy Smith on percussion; Juan Carmona on percussion and palmas; Lucas Carmona on palmas; Maria Manousaki on violin; Ricardo Piñero on electric bass and palmas; and Rocio Parilla on vocals and palmas.

Odisea is a remarkable journey through the spirited sounds of western Mediterranean flamenco, eastern Mediterranean Cretan and Greek music and contemporary jazz.

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The SGAE Foundation to present ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ during April 2019 in Madrid

Flamencos y mestizos – April 2019

The SGAE Foundation is set to present a new edition of the Flamencos y mestizos series from April 11 through April 13 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid. The showcase will feature dance, singing and guitar performances by Encarna Anillo, Mónica Iglesias, ‘El Purili’, Águeda Saavedra, Rafael Riqueni and Avda Yermiyahu.

Flamencos y mestizos will start on Thursday, April 11, with the versatility of Madrid dancer Monica Iglesias (winner of the Desplante Award in La Union 2108) and the voice full of nuances of Cádiz-born Encarna Anillo, veteran cantaora (singer) nicknamed ‘La Gades’.

On April 12, the Sala Berlanga will host the movement art of Malaga dancer Águeda Saavedra, an artist forged in flamenco tablaos (nightclubs), accompanied by “El Purili”, a young rising cantaor from Cádiz.

The series will conclude with a multifaceted show on Saturday, April 13: a pairing of Israeli dancer and choreographer Adva Yermiyahu and one of the finest guitarists in Spain, Rafael Riqueni. The show fuses contemporary flamenco, traditional flamenco, performance and visual theater along with the delightful guitar of Sevillian maestro Riqueni.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase where all the expressions that move and thrill have a place. Created in 2015, it has become a window for emerging artists who explore the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through compositions, dance and song. All the expressions that move and thrill have a place in this encounter. This series is directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Program

Thursday, April 11, 9:00 p.m.
Encarna Anillo (vocals)
Monica Iglesias (dance)

Friday, April 12, 9:00 p.m.
“El Purili” (vocals)
Águeda Saavedra (dance)

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 p.m.
Rafael Riqueni (guitar)
Adva Yermiyahu (dance)

Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado,
Price: 5.50 euros. Tickets available at box office and ticketea.com

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Artist Profiles: Amir-John Haddad

Amir-John Haddad

German-Spanish musician Amir-John Haddad, better known as El Amir, was born in 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He moved to Spain in 1997.

El Amir is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, musical director, and producer. He‘s considered one of the best concert guitarists in today‘s Spanish scene, defined by his personality, maturity, sound and style.

El Amir has been playing flamenco guitar and the Arabic oud since he was seven years old, and has been performing on stage for 30 years. In addition to his extensive career, he has learned how to play traditional Mediterranean instruments including the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz, being a virtuoso in all of them.

Amir-John Haddad

El Amir has collaborated with a long list of artists including Radio Tarifa, Chambao, Marcus Miller and Juno Reactor.

In 2010, Amir-John presented his show “From East to West,” combining all the instruments he plays, Arabic lute, Turkish saz, Greek bouzouki, flamenco guitar and the triple-necked electric guitar to expose a wide range of traditional music. A trip through several regions of the Mediterranean, through different instruments and original compositions mixed with modern and contemporary sounds, fired through effects processors.

Amir-John Haddad

Amir-John Haddad was part of a Madrid-based world music superband called Zoobazar. Group members included El Amir on oud and saz; La Musgaña’s fiddler, Diego Galaz on fiddle and mandolin; La Shica’s and Eliseo Parra’s drummer and percussionist, Pablo Martin Jones on drums and percussion; and the bassist of rock band GN3, Hector Tellini.

Zoobazar

Zoobazar’s debut album, Uno (2011), was a mesmerizing journey across the musics of the Mediterranean countries, including Iberian folk music, Turkish, Balkan, Greek, Middle Eastern and North African grooves and tunes combined with rock, funk and jazz.

Zoobazar’s second album, Dos, came out in 2014.

In 2017, Amir John Haddad played Vivaldi’s Concerto in C major for Mandolin for the first time on Greek bouzouki. The debut took place on the 6th of November at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid accompanied by outstanding musicians from the Spanish National Orchestra.

José María Bandera and Amir John Haddad

Another project in 2017 was a collaboration with Paco de Lucia’s nephew, José María Bandera. The two guitarists performed material from Paco’s last album, Canción Andaluza, including María de la O, Señorita, I have to love you while you live, Chiquita Piconera, Romance of Valentía and Ojos Verdes, by Quintero, León and Quiroga and other great composers. The show also featured Josemi Garzón on double bass and Israel Katumba on percussion.

Amir John Haddad

El Amir was one the featured solo artists of the Hans Zimmer’s Tour performing flamenco guitar, electric guitar, Greek buzuki and ukulele. “The World of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration” presents the composer’s works arranged for a live symphony orchestra. Zimmer spent months working on transforming his soundtracks into opulent concert suites. interpreting a very special selection of soundtracks from the most famous films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Mission Impossible, The Holiday or Madagascar.

Discography:

Pasando Por Tabernas ‎(Double Moon Records, 2005)
Uno, with Zoobazar (Santa Fe / Ojo! Records, 2011)
9 Guitarras ‎(Zoomusic, 2013)
Dos, with Zoobazar (Galileo Music, 2014)

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Guitarist Cañizares Wins Best Flamenco Album Award at Spanish Independent Music Awards 2019

The album “El mito de la caverna” by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Cañizares is the winner of the Best Flamenco Album Award at Premios MIN 2019, Spain’s independent music awards.

El mito de la caverna is Cañizares’ 14th album and he describes it as a heartfelt tribute to his roots and traditions.

Cañizares is a classically-trained flamenco guitarist who bridges the worlds of flamenco and classical music.

More about Cañizares.

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Top Spanish Artists to Perform at Flamenco Festival at Joe’s Pub in New York

María Terremoto

The Flamenco Festival Festival returns March 7 through March 17, 2019 to expose this World Heritage artistic expression with eight performances on the intimate stage of the eclectic downtown New York club Joe’s Pub.

Following a 2018 season that reached 45,000 spectators, the 2019 edition of Flamenco Festival USA further develops the Festival and its partners’ commitment to flamenco music’s many different expressions. The piano of Chano Domínguez, the guitars of Antonio Rey and Miguel Ángel Cortés, the flute of Sergio de Lope, and the voices of María Terremoto and Ismael Fernández showcase flamenco’s unique colors across the spectrum.

Sergio de Lope

The Jerez-born cantaora María Terremoto is set to perform on March 9 at 9:30 p.m. and the Toledan cantaor Israel Fernández on March 7 and March 10 at 7:00 p.m. They are both excellent examples of traditional flamenco. Terremoto will present La Huella de mi Sentío accompanied by Nono Jero (guitar) and José “El Pechuguita” (voice). Fernández will present Universo Pastora accompanied by Keko Baldomero (guitar).

For his 9:30 p.m. March 8 show, co-produced by the Instituto Cervantes, Sergio de Lope, the winner of the 2017 International Competition of Cante de las Minas de la Unión, presents Ser de Luz, an exhibition of how dialogue with multiple genres of music can fill flamenco expression with nuance and light.

Antonio Rey and Mara Rey

One of the greatest flamenco guitarists of his generation, Antonio Rey, will arrive to New York on March 9 at 9:30p.m. with his show Two Parts of Me, accompanied by the dancer and cantaora Mara Rey. On March 10 at 9:30 p.m., Diego Guerrero will celebrate his New York debut with selections from his first album Vengo Caminando, nominated “Best Flamenco Album” for the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Diego Guerrero

In collaboration with the World Music Insitute, on March 7 at 7:00 p.m., Sevillian cantaor Ismael Fernández will premiere songs from his latest album, Trato. That same evening, at 9:30 p.m., guitar maestro Miguel Ángel Cortés will play his first New York headliner performance, Sonantas en tres Movimientos, alongside Dani Bonilla (chorus and percussion) and Lucía “La Piñona” Álvarez (dance).

Chano Dominguez

On March 8 at 7:00 p.m., acclaimed musician and composer Chano Dominguez will present his integration of flamenco and piano jazz.

As in past years, Flamenco Festival is additionally complemented with activities in New York City outside of Joe’s Pub, including the free-to-attend exhibition Garabatos Flamencos by Ándrés Mérida (running March 5 to 18 at La Nacional); the presentation of the book Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco by K. Meira Goldberg at Martin Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center on March 5; and Ballet Flamenco de Sara Baras at New York City Center on March 7 through 10. Concurrent with these New York events, Flamenco Festival will continue in Miami, Chicago, and Washington DC with additional performances.

For further information on Flamenco Festival, visit www.flamencofestival.org

For the complete Flamenco Festival at Joe’s Pub lineup, visit:publictheater.org/en/Programs–Events/Joes-Pub/Flamenco-Festival-NY-2019-at-Joes-Pub/

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Artist Profiles: María Toro

María Toro

Spanish musician María Toro was born in 1979 in La Coruña, Spain. She is a respected flutist and flamenco-jazz composer whose career path has taken her across many countries in different continents over the years. Seven years after moving from her native Galicia to Madrid, in 2009, she joined an international flamenco company in Zurich, Switzerland.

Afterwards, she crossed the Atlantic to form part of the flamenco and jazz movement in New York City. Later, she settled in Rio de Janeiro in order to integrate her music with the effervescent musical sounds of the city.

In Switzerland, she started to compose her first album, A Contraluz, finally recorded in the United States in 2014 with renowned jazz performers in New York City. In 2016, while living in Rio de Janeiro, she recorded her second album, Araras, accompanied by great performers such as Hermeto Pascoal, who provided Brazilian rhythm to her proposal.

In 2017, Maria Toro returned to Madrid, where she continues composing and performing her musical repertoire throughout Spain and Europe.

Discography:

Jose Romero Project (2012)
A Contraluz (Jazz Activist, 2014)
Araras (Jazz Activist, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: María Terremoto

María Terremoto

María Fernández Benítez, better known as María Terremoto, was born in Jerez de la Frontera in 2000. She is part of a famous family of flamenco artists; her grandfather was Fernando Fernández Monge “Terremoto de Jerez” and her father is singer Fernando Fernández Pantoja “Terremoto.”

Since she was a child, María Terremoto has participated in many flamenco zambombas (Flamenco Christmas carols performed during Christmas in Jeerz) with her family, in which she unexpectedly became the central character of each performance. At nine years old, Maria was responsible for a crucial moment in her father’s life, the great Fernando Terremoto, when she performed on stage in the flamenco nightclub (tablao) that bears his name. That day will be evoked forever by all who were there, because unsuspectingly, Fernando passed the artistic torch to his daughter Maria in what would be his final farewell to the stage.

In mid-2014, at just fourteen years old, Maria began to make infrequent performances in Jerez. Progressively, she began to perform more often and traveled outside of Jerez, making her mark in the jondo (flamenco deep roots) scene.

Her big opportunity came in February 2016, during the significant Festival de Jerez. María gave a flamenco performance at the Palacio de Villavicencio that left everyone astonished. That moment generated unparalleled press acclaim for such a young artist. She was just sixteen years old.

This performance was the beginning of a tour of flamenco clubs and major festivals, such as the peñas de Huelva, Torres Macarena de Sevilla, La Niña de los Peines de Arahal, Casabermeja de Málaga , Pozoblanco, Baeza…and festivals such as Grazalema, Pedrera, Casariche, Pruna, La Caracolá Lebrijana and the Flamenco Fridays of Jerez, among many others.

María Terremoto – Photo by Paco Barroso

On September 22, 2016, Maria performed a concert at Seville’s Flamenco biennial that many have called historic. After numerous positive reviews, she was the youngest artist to ever be awarded the high-status ‘Giraldillo Revelación 2016’ prize, which catapulted her to the vanguard of the flamenco scene. In 2018 she received the prestigious ‘Venencia Flamenca’, an award given by the Flamenco community ‘El pozo de las penas’. After receiving this recognition, María made the rounds on the most prestigious stages throughout Spain.

María Terremoto released her first album: “La huella de mi sentío” (IR Music, 2018). The album was officially debuted at La Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.

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