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Adios Maestro

Paco de Lucia (1947 - 2014) legendary flamenco guitarist and composer has died aged 66.
His death is an ‘irreparable loss’ to world of culture.
Entre dos Aguas and his YouTube page and a brief biography.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 26, 2014 - 36 comments

 

I'm what I dance.

Maria Pages, dancer and choreographer is perhaps best known internationally for Firedance.
However it is with her native Flamenco that she really takes off. Here she and her troupe interpret Shostakovich; and here are clips from Songs before a War and Utopia.
posted by adamvasco on Sep 29, 2012 - 3 comments

Flamenco Music: El Barrio

El Barrio makes contemporary flamenco music.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 4, 2012 - 5 comments

'Vengo' the film entire

Vengo the film entire.

A dramatic film by Tony Gatlif, creator of the far better known Latcho Drom, the famed wordless documentary about Gypsy music. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on May 22, 2012 - 7 comments

La Caita, as always, from the Heart

La Caita - Calle del Aire

via Rashomon, sorta. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Apr 27, 2012 - 12 comments

The Schizophrenia of Spain

Leonard Cohen has been honored with the Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters.
His connection to Spain came through his personal interest in the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca.
Cohen and García Lorca came together spiritually when the late flamenco singer Enrique Morente (Previous) used their poems as the basis of his seminal 1996 album Omega. ( More on Omega (Spanish)
At the same time The new Spanish Dictionary of Biography's historical revisions tell us more about what's wrong with Spain now than in the past;
F is for Franco but not for fascist. (It's worth reading down the comments as well).
posted by adamvasco on Jun 5, 2011 - 17 comments

Flash mob protest, Seville style

Flamenco flash mob stages a protest against a bank: Rumba Rave "banquero" en el Banco de Santander. (via @hrheingold) [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 24, 2011 - 12 comments

Enrique Morente, gigante de flamenco, fallece a 67

Enrique Morente, a controversial, influential giant among flamenco singer-songwriters, died today in the Madrid clinic La Luz, where he had been in an induced coma for the last several days. He was said to have been suffering from stomach cancer, and last week had entered the hospital for surgical intervention for hemorrhaging. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Dec 13, 2010 - 4 comments

Cuchi-Cuchi

Her full name is María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten, but she's better known to the world as Charo. According to Wikipedia, "One of Charo's regrets is that because of her flamboyant stage presence, she has been overlooked as a serious guitar player." So here' some Charo on guitar: [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Apr 26, 2010 - 40 comments

American milk and the cardboard

Emilio the Moor was a parodying humorist flamenco exponent who died in a domestic gas incident. [via]. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 21, 2010 - 8 comments

Guitar Wankery or Exquisite Spanish Beauty?

Carlos Montoya can play the blues/jazz too. youtube X 2. The second link is a still with great audio. Guitarists and music lovers enjoy!
posted by snsranch on May 7, 2009 - 5 comments

B-tribe

Angelic Voices l Love, Tears, Heartaches + Devotion l You won't see me crye
posted by vronsky on Feb 3, 2009 - 14 comments

me parece bonita

First she was a dancer but after an injury she had to sing to make a living. She still dances a little during her songs (a rare feat among flamenco cantaoras). I first heard about her when she made a whole record (cd) of Edith Piaf's songs in spanish. You can get a taste here. She talks about it here (spanish + french, excerpts). She sang les feuilles mortes too. But nothing equals seeing her, I think : so here she is with two covers from a recent documentary : a song by Edith Piaf, a song by Lola Flores. Btw, If you get into french songs in the flamenco idiom, try this.
posted by nicolin on Oct 11, 2007 - 4 comments

Flamenco goes orchestral

Flamenco guitar is such a subtle and delicate mean of expression that it looks like arranging flamenco music for a number of musicians isn't practical or efficient. Nevertheless, many attempts have been made to use flamenco phrasing or colors within large ensembles : in a classical piece like The Aranjuez Concierto, in jazz when Gil Evans teamed with Miles Davis to greate several pieces entitled Sketches of Spain, or more recently, with the beautiful work of Maria Schneider, or the small units of Louis Winsberg. One of the most convincing score has been recently produced by Juan Carmona, a gipsy guitarist from Marseille, a work performed by many philarmonic orchestras.
posted by nicolin on Oct 7, 2007 - 11 comments

some beautiful guitarists from France

Flamenco clearly belongs to spain. But so many immigrants came to France to find work or escape from the civil war that there is a small community of guitarists in southern France who are playing it with original voices. Bernardo Sandoval was the subject of a post in mefi music some time ago. Antonio "kiko" ruiz is about to come to the United States with Renaud-Garcia-Fons : their work can be seen here. Serge Lopez is another great guitarist who puts some guitar parts on his website. Salvador Paterna adds to the traditional sound of flamenco both the 'oud and the violin. They are all from or nearby Toulouse.
posted by nicolin on Sep 4, 2007 - 8 comments

Eddie Van Who?

Flamenco guitarists on YouTube: Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Sabicas, Niño Ricardo, Manolo Sanlucar, Serranito, Tomatito, Paco Peña, Carlos Montoya, Gerardo Nuñez, Diego Del Gastor, and of course, the legendary Segovia.
posted by malocchio on Jul 4, 2007 - 13 comments

Your Appetite For Death And The Taste Of Its Mouth*

Your Appetite For Death And The Taste Of Its Mouth* With Seville's World Flamenco Fair coming up on October 3, I was astonished to find, thanks to the samples [MP3 and Real Audio req.] offered by the Flamenco World website, how revitalized it's recently been by eclecticism and sheer, uninhibited imagination. And here's an interesting collection of essays and links to pour over while you're listening...
*Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you. For posterity I sing of your profile and grace. Of the signal maturity of your understanding. Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth. - Federico Garcia Lorca
posted by MiguelCardoso on Sep 21, 2002 - 3 comments

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