la voz flamenca
Flamenco Vivo returns to LPR for three evenings bringing the explosive energy of Tablao Flamenco: live music, an international cast of world-class dancers, and a full selection of great drinks.
Free with NYC Flamenco Pass.
If you can’t make it to Spain, we’ll bring Spain to you! Join us this weekend for a Virtual Masterclass with flamenco superstar Concha Jareño who will lead a class exploring the weight, sensations, and character of Guajiras. Prior flamenco experience required.
This class will be taught in Spanish. Registration closes at 10am EST the morning of each class. Video available for 48 hours after the live class.
Our acclaimed original work is going on tour starting this March! Premiered at the Joyce Theatre, FRONTERAS asks: “What is stronger–what unites us or what separates us?” Despite the barriers we encounter from the moment we enter this world, it is our natural drive to push beyond these obstacles and seek deeper relationships–and like life itself, flamenco does not understand nor accept such boundaries but supersedes them.
Facing Silence is the latest film directed by Emilio Ruiz Barrachina, starring famed flamenco dancer Fuensanta “La Moneta.” The film is based on the last book written by the poet Félix Grande in 2014, The Hair of the Shoah, after visiting the Auschwitz extermination camp.
Barrachina and La Moneta decided to start this film adventure together, which tells the story of how La Moneta and a group of her students put on a flamenco show based on the book by Félix Grande. These students are young people who suffer discrimination based on their race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, yet they are able to express themselves through dance.
The film has raked in awards from over 35 film festivals across the world, including two this week from the NYC International Film Festival and The Artist Forum Film Festival NY for “Best Feature Documentary.” La Moneta, for her part, has received several awards, both as a leading actress and as author of the Soundtrack.
Featured above, Pastora Galván dancing por bulerías at a fiesta con arte. Oleee!
We’re not sure exactly why he was called “Loco Mateo.” Biographers think it may have been his quirkiness, or perhaps it was because of the heartbreak that he often sang about. Later studies theorize that the cause might be his singing repertoire, which included martinete lyrics that said “A mi me llaman el loco porque siempre voy callao” (“They call me crazy because I always go quiet”). No matter the reason, it’s quite fitting that the man called “crazy” would go on to invent bulerías, the palo whose name is derived from the word to make fun of oneself or cause a raucous.
Mateo de las Heras Carrasco Vargas, a.k.a. “Loco Mateo” was a Gitano (Roma) singer from the Santiago neighborhood of Jerez. He is known as one of the greatest interpreters of the seguiriyas and soleares palos. When he sang por soleá (short for soleares), he would finish his singing with a remate (or close) that sped up the tempo. These closings are the roots of what we now know as bulerías.
Source/further reading: https://sites.google.com/flamencodemarchena.org/rinconflamenco/el-loco-mateo