la voz flamenca
Born in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz, Spain), Lucía Ruibal‘s dancing represents the mixture of styles she went through while growing up. The flamenco teachers that most marked her formation were La Lupi and Mercedes Ruiz. Later she moved to Madrid and began to work in companies and tablaos, coinciding with many different artists. She has also won first prize in the IV Concurso Tablao Villa-Rosa.
Flamenco guitarist, composer, and musical director José Almarcha Márquez was born in Tomelloso (Ciudad Real, Spain.) He has studied with internationally renowned guitar teachers such as Paco Serrano, Manolo Franco, and El Niño de Pura. In 2015, Almarcha released his first critically acclaimed solo work, Vejezate, which included the collaboration of artists such as Antonio Canales, Juan Debel, Sandra Carrasco, and Oscar Herrero.
Learn from the best! Join us for an ongoing series of Virtual Masterclasses with superstars of the flamenco world in rare virtual appearances. For our second class, internationally acclaimed maestro Manuel Betanzos will lead students in exploring the weight, sensations, and character of Tangos.
Prior flamenco experience required. • Registration closes at 10am EST the morning of class. • A recording will be available for 48 hours following the class.
Did you know that Muslims from North Africa & the Middle East invaded the Iberian Peninsula (what is now Spain) and ruled that region for about 700 years? This period is known as “La Convivencia,” when Sephardic Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together and developed a common musical style that greatly influenced the folk music of Spain. Verse structures created during this period can be found in flamenco songs to this day and even in the popular “Jingle Bells” Christmas carol.