la voz flamenca
The world-renowned flamenco festival, set yearly in Jerez, has just announced the programming for its 28th edition. The star-studded cast of over 50 artists performing includes the likes of Sara Baras, Manuela Carrasco, Farruquito, Patricia Guerrero, Mercedes Ruíz (who you can train with at our NYC workshop), and Úrsula López (whose studio is a prize sponsor for Flamenco Certamen USA,) and the pair Karen Lugo and Jose Maldonado (who choreographed Flamenco Vivo’s FRONTERAS!)
Natallia Basava shares her experience of the prize she won at last year’s Flamenco Certamen USA––a week of study at the famed Festival de Jerez:
“Attending sunny Jerez de la Frontera during the Flamenco Festival in February was like finding myself in flamenco paradise. Walking through streets full of old architecture and flamenco history, seeing artists at the tables of local restaurants, dancing my way through morning flamenco classes (with the amazing Antonio El Pipa at a beautiful studio just two blocks away from my hotel), visiting flamenco peñas in the afternoons, watching evening shows at the Villamarta Theater, catching nightly bulerías singing at the bar (I was lucky to experience it in Peña Flamenca Luis de la Pica) made every day perfect!
It was very easy to make friends––after a few days I felt like I knew half of the town. Even if you’re standing in line to enter the popular La Guarida del Ángel flamenco club at night you’re bound to run into many people from уour morning class there.
Of course, one week was not enough… so I’ll be back for sure!”
answer: Omar Montes, Niña Pastori, Israel Fernández, Diego Guerrero, & Juanfe Pérez
The Latin Grammy Awards just announced the nominees for this year in all categories––one of which is Best Flamenco Album. The list includes already established artists like Niña Pastori but also newcomers like Omar Montes, who we covered last week:
Pura Sangre, Israel Fernández
Por La Tangente, Diego Guerrero
Quejíos De Un Maleante, Omar Montes
Camino, Niña Pastori
Prohibido El Toque, Juanfe Pérez
We recommend taking a listen to the playlist (above!)