FLAMENCO, OLÉ and JAZZ QUAVERS
Flamenco appears in Andalucía, the south of Spain in the middle of the XIX Century as a consecuence of the mixture of different people, religions and cultures, creating a new type of music: greek crótalos, mozarab jarachas, gregorian chants, castillian romances and jewish laments… the sound of black people and the accent of the gypsys coming from the remote India to remain in Andalucía, they all fusion into a new musical structure, what we today call Flamenco, that expresses itself by the singing, dancing and guitar playing.
Flamenco has its legends, like the singer Camarón de la Isla, from San Fernando –Cádiz-, the heir to the tradicional flamenco but at the time an innovator, his album “La Leyenda del Tiempo“ incorporates new sounds, universalizing this music so that people like you and me can get in touch with Flamenco music. Don´t you know the song VOLANDO VOY ?? This art hypnotizes, watch this video of Carlos Saura´s film: Flamenco
Flamenco has mixed up with other music styles: classical, rock, pop or jazz, giving us a delicious fusion. The northamerican jazz piano player CHICK COREA published in 1971 his album SPAIN, it is amazing to see him playing with PACO DE LUCIA any of the songs of this album, take a look at this Stunning video ¡!
And how Could I forget about Miles Davis in a flamenco post? I won´t do that!!, his álbum “Sketches of Spain”, has a strong influence of spanish and flamenco music, containing master themes like “Concierto de Aranjuez” composed by Joaquín Rodrigo, or a “Soleá”, that is a scene of a ballet written by the Composer from Cádiz, Manuel de Falla.
Andalucía without Flamenco wouldn´t be the same
You can feel the smell of Flamenco everywhere in Andalucía and definately is where you have to be to live it in first person. This year, from the 3rd of September until the 30th, will happen the prestigious flamenco music festival “Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla”. In the bullfighting ring “La Maestranza” the greatest flamenco figures will meet, but you can enjoy flamenco at any time of the year in “tablaos” –flamenco bars- like “Casa Matías” in “Remedios” neighborhood, or “El Tronío” in Triana neighborhood or “Casa de La Memoria de Al-Andalus” in “Santa Cruz” neighborhood.
The Museum of Baile Flamenco is an obligatory visit for all flamenco lovers. If you prefer a more spontaneous and improvised atmosphere, “El Corralón de Castellar” is your place, one of the spots with more flamenco and cultural movement in the last times.