Flamenco Vivo Opens First Peña Flamenca NYC
In an effort to create more access to flamenco, Flamenco Vivo is launching the first flamenco peña in New York City’s history. “We wanted to create a home for flamenco in NYC, where artists and audiences can experience the true spirit of flamenco as it’s celebrated among artists, family, and friends.”
Pictured: Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández
Peña Flamenca NYC: Entre Flamencos
4 West 43rd St, NYC
Wed, Nov. 10 • 7:30 PM
World-renowned singer Amparo Heredia Reyes, recent winner of the prestigious Lámpara Minera prize, and Nino de los Reyes, the only dancer to win a Grammy, take the stage at our NYC-style flamenco club alongside Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández- who’ve collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Ricky Martin. NYC Flamenco Passholders attend free!
Pictured: Nino de los Reyes
Flamenco Certamen USA 2021
Our recent Flamenco Certamen USA brought the community together to celebrate 8 emerging artists. Winners included: Ana Maria Cornejo Silva, First Prize Tablao Level, and Elan Marchinko, First Prize Estudio Level. Becas (scholarships) to study in Spain were awarded to Elan Marchinko, Elena Barrantes, and Tamia Moore.
Lake Placid News covered the Certamen residency at Lake Placid Center for the Arts that led up to the competition. Read the article here for the director’s, mentors’, and musicians’ reflections on said residency!
If you missed the live competition in NYC, we’ve got you covered! Virtual streaming still available.
Pictured: Ana Maria Cornejo Silva
WORD OF THE DAY
What exactly is a peña?
Peña translates to club, meaning that a flamenco peña is a club dedicated to flamenco––an intimate performance venue run by artists and aficionados, supported through membership, and open to the public. Peñas are common in the South of Spain, where flamenco originated. They are comparable to Jazz clubs in that they have a high caliber of artistry and are largely responsible for keeping the art form alive.
Performances at peñas are also known for being particularly unrestrained and unembellished––just pure soul. Take it from BBC Travel: “you will be experiencing flamenco at its unadulterated best – a raw, uncompromising, wonderfully uplifting spectacle where fervent artists uncover a piece of their soul in every stanza.”