la voz flamenca
There’s nothing quite like learning from a legend––and NYC is in luck! Mercedes Ruíz returns to Flamenco Vivo Studios October 21–22 for a two-day dance workshop, all classes accompanied by guitarist Santiago Lara. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to grow your skills with a world-class duo in the room.
*Pre-Registration and payment required. Early bird pricing until Sun, Oct 1.
*Both Intermediate/Advanced and Advanced Beginner classes available
Spanish musical artist Omar Montes, heavily influenced by flamenco, dives deep into what the art form means to him on NPR’s most recent Alt.Latino episode. Hear Omar’s thoughts on how flamenco intersects with Latin American musical styles like reggaeton, how he grew up listening to Camarón with his grandfather, and how his Roma heritage informs his art:
“Everything we have suffered, everything we have lived through and fought for to try to survive—all that is reflected in the voice of the Roma who sings flamenco…”
Corridos, a narrative musical form dating back several centuries in Mexico, sound super cool when you sing them in the style of bulerías, as Omar Montes shared in his anecdote about collaborating with a famed Mexican regional artist for NPR’s Alt.Latino:
Omar Montes: “Do you know that the bulería is similar to traditional Mexican music? For example, you can sing a corrido [to the rhythm] if you want. I learned it because I was recording with a super big Mexican [artist] Carin León. I realized that singing in the rhythm of bulerías, traditional music could also be sang to it. We made a song and aside from adding all the trumpets, percussion and all that’s used in regional music, I also put in bulería castanets, I put in palmas, I did something incredible with him.”
So why might that be? Well, it all comes down to the rhythmic and lyrical structures of these two genres––corridos are typically formulated with octosyllabic quatrains (four lines of eight syllables each) in either 3/4 or 6/8 time. Sound familiar? Bulerías are similarly structured although quicker-paced, with a 3/4 and 6/8 polyrhythm. But all of this is theoretical… you have to hear it for yourself! Try playing bulerías palmas along to a beloved Mexican-American corrido (above.)