Changing Lives through Flamenco
Arts Education in NYC
This year New York City is investing in the arts. Generous support from the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Con Edison is having a profound impact, allowing Flamenco Vivo to bring the power of flamenco to a whopping 45 schools and counting across the city’s most under-resourced communities.
This has enabled Flamenco Vivo to hire five new Teaching Artists and provide steady employment to over 30 local flamenco artists, who help keep the art form thriving. The effects on young students’ lives are beyond measure, as best expressed by them:
“I appreciate your dedication to teach us and taking my education seriously in a time when I struggle taking it seriously myself. And for that, I’m extremely grateful and I thank you deeply. I hope you continue to change your student lives the way you did mine & inspire them as well.”
“A good teacher like you can inspire hope for more dancers to come and ignite the imagination of loving to learn more about dance. I am so blessed to have you teaching us flamenco and giving us advice for the future whenever we dance. Thank you for listening, giving guidance, inspiring us to do more, encouragement, being there for us, and most importantly making me dance!”
FROM THE FLAMENCO WORLD
REMEMBERING A LEGEND
Celebrating the Life of Paco de Lucía
December, 1947 – February, 2014
Flamenco icon Paco de Lucía continues to be one of the most imitated and revered guitarists of the last century. Watch this documentary Francisco Sanchez: Paco de Lucía, a film that helps us to understand the man behind the legend.
FROM OUR FRIENDS
Nélida Tirado: Travesía Flamenca
Joe’s Pub, NYC
Sunday, Feb 27 • 7PM
Nélida Tirado, leading flamenco figure and former Company Soloist with Flamenco Vivo, performs her latest production this Sunday at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Travesia Flamenca “takes us on a journey in traditional Flamenco where music and dance meet, where moments provoke inspiration, where art invites and transcends the audience into the unknown.”
Photo: Lisa Greenberg
Re-Flexión by Al Margen Flamenco
Teatro Circulo, NYC
A powerful Flamenco dance program that explores the notion of loss and transformation in the throes of grief, Re-Flexión features María de los Ángeles, Ryan Rockmore, and Alfonso Cid with audio contributions from Laura Sanchez, and Adrian Alvarado, all artists who have worked with Flamenco Vivo!
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Where did the flamenco cajón come from?
ANSWER: The cajón is an Afro-Peruvian percussion instrument that was created by enslaved African people who used wooden crates as a way to get around the Catholic Church’s ban on playing drums. Many years later, while on tour in Peru, Paco de Lucía heard the cajón for the first time in a performance by Caitro Soto, the Afro-Peruvian singer-songwriter and cajón player. Paco thought the cajón would be a perfect compliment to the intricate rhythms of flamenco. In 1977, Paco brought the cajón to the flamenco stage and made the instrument a flamenco staple.