la voz flamenca
4W43, Suite 608
Calling all dancers, musicians and aficionados: we’ve just launched a new series of virtual classes that offers a complete study of the flamenco palos with composer, performer, and educator Juan Parrilla. This is a great opportunity to learn about an essential building block of flamenco: the traditional musical genres characteristic of flamenco, each with particular verses, moods, tones, and rhythmic structures.
Perhaps due to the sheer breadth of work that Lorca produced as a poet and playwright, many forget the musical side of his legacy. Lorca had a tremendous hand in elevating flamenco and Andalusian folk music to the respect it was truly worthy of. In fact, he co-produced the legendary Cante Jondo competition, a moment which marked a before and after in the history of flamenco. But his relationship to music wasn’t just as an advocate, it was as a practitioner:
“It should be remembered that before being a poet, Lorca was a musician…”
answer: Yoel Vargas!
Each year at the Madrid Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco, Carlota Santana selects a winner from the final competition for the Premio Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Nueva York, which awards the dancer the opportunity to travel to NYC to set work on artists in our community and serve as a Juror for the Flamenco Certamen USA.
This year, that dancer is YOEL VARGAS! At a mere 19 years old, Yoel is a force to be reckoned with. A graduate of Danza Española at the Institut del Teatre
Conservatorio de Danza in Barcelona, Yoel has already toured internationally and received awards around the globe for his artistry. Currently, he is a member of Compañía Manuel Liñán, another trailblazing artist. We look forward to welcoming him to the New York City flamenco community!