Dutch Flamenco Biennale 2013
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Carmen Linares | Remembranza
19 January 2013 | Rotterdamse Schouwburg
At the opening gala, Carmen Linares invites the audience into her flamenco world full of poetry and deeply felt song. She voices her love for modern classical Spanish poets like Juan Ramón Jiménez, Miguel Hernández and of course Federico García Lorca in new flamenco songs. But she also makes Spanish folk poetry sparkle with new life. In her voice all human emotion is focused and the grandmasters of the old flamenco song that have surrounded her from her youth reverberate. Her expressive renditions are elegantly embedded in the subtle lyricism of Pablo Suárez’ piano and the jazzy touch of Pablo Martín’s double bass. Dancer and singer Tomasito appears like a jack-in-the-box, swinging, rapping and joking as only he can, and supports her with the humour that betrays his native Jerez de la Frontera.
Carmen Linares has been a towering figure in the world of flamenco for forty years. In Remembranzas she revisits her best memories and sings far ‘beyond’ flamenco to new horizons.
Israel Galván | LA CURVA
20 January 2013 | Rotterdamse Schouwburg
As the son of a Sevillian dancer, Israel Galván was brought up on flamenco. The Spanish choreographer and dancer followed in the footsteps of his father José Galván and his teacher Mario Maya, but came to adapt tradition to his own purposes. Israel Galván dances on the edge, breaks up traditional movements, abruptly changes the rhythms and freezes his position at the most unexpected moments. ‘Galván shows his mastery by standing still’, wrote the New York Times. In his work, Galván unravels all the elements of the traditional flamenco to create a new flamenco space and then connects them with music and dance from other genres.
In La Curva, a tribute to Vicente Escudero, a revolutionary dancer from the last century, he does this with Inés Bacan, one of the most sensitive voices of the cante jondo, his loyal rhythm companion Bobote and jazz pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. Israel Galván writes the flamenco tradition; let’s join him in that.
Eric Vaarzon Morel, Gijs Scholten van Aschat & Eric Vloeimans | DUENDE
20 January 2013 | LantarenVenster
27 January 2013 | Bimhuis
According to Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), duende is a kind of Dionysian inspiration that every creative artist struggles with. ‘Duende has to be roused from the furthest habitations of the blood,’ he wrote. ‘It rejects all the sweet geometry we understand, it shatters all styles and drinks from the human pain that knows no consolation.’ Duende manifests itself in all art forms, but ‘where it naturally creates most space is in music, dance and spoken poetry, because these arouse the heart and the senses most directly.’
Three Dutchmen go south in search of a different culture. Two are musicians, playing the guitar and the trumpet, the third reads. The embrace the language and music of the south. They go to Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and meet Lorca, Alberti, Pessoa, Drummond de Andrade, flamenco, jazz and more than they can tell on one night.
In the Dutch winter they provide the scorching sun, Latin love and a languid siesta. Eric Vaarzon Morel, Eric Vloeimans and Gijs Scholten van Aschat do battle with each other, using their strongest weapons: Eric & Eric with music, Gijs with words. Words become rhythm, music becomes language, blurring boundaries. ‘Give me some more wine, because life is nothing.’
Diego el Cigala | FLAMENCO & TANGO
21 January 2013 | Carré
He has been dubbed ‘the Sinatra of flamenco’: Diego ‘el Cigala’ ’s gravelly voice has captured the souls of people all over the world. The gypsy singer from the Lavapiés district in Madrid is one of the great interpreters of the classical, profound flamenco song - the cante jondo - subtly forging unrivalled musical worlds of his own.
Cigala - literally: ‘norway lobster’, Ramón Jiménez Salazar’s stage name - recently broke through internationally with his take on traditional Cuban songs on the album Lagrimas Negras, recorded with pianist Bebo Valdés. In the same way, he recently fused Argentine tango and flamenco into a new style on his latest CD Cigala & Tango. In Spanish flamenco circles, this has given rise to the verb ‘acigalar’. In Cigala’s hands, flamenco, tango, Latin jazz, bolero and son meld into a warm musical universe without boundaries, accompanied by the swinging guitar of Diego del Morao, the son of the recently deceased maestro Moraíto Chico. The Dutch-Cuban pianist Ramón Valle and his compatriot Yelsy Heredia add a subtle Cuban touch.
On this opening night of the IVth Flamenco Biennial in Amsterdam, El Cigala and his musicians take us on a journey and will make the Carré stage morph into a square in Buenos Aires, Andalusia or Cuba.
Israel Galván | LO REAL/LE REEL/THE REAL
22 January 2013 | Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
‘Israel Galván doesn’t dance flamenco, he reinvents it’, a critic once wrote. Galván puts it like this: ‘My work leads me to dance the impossible, transforming into dance and flamenco those gestures, experiences, stories, emotions and experiments that don’t belong to me.’ In his latest creation Lo Real he again combines flamenco with contemporary dance and music with great virtuosity, eluding flamenco clichés and establishing a whole new flamenco vocabulary. Lo Real is based on a true story: the persecution of the Roma by the Nazis, and the fascination of the same Nazis for music of the Roma. In her film Tiefland (1942), Leni Riefenstal played a flamenco dancer, joined in the movie by Roma extras from a concentration camp, most of whom were later killed in the gas chambers.
Galván struggles with this unbearable contradiction through dance and music: Anthony and the Johnsons, 'Los Piconeros', from the German film Andalusische Nächte, and The Death Tango by Eduardo Blanco. And of course traditional gypsy music, and flamenco music. In Lo Real, Galván dances the undanceable.
Flamenco goes baroque
23 January 2013 | Muziekgebouw Frits Philips
25 January 2013 | Muziekgebouw Aan 'T IJ
Europa en Amerika, volksmuziek en klassieke muziek ontmoeten elkaar in dit bijzondere project van Fahmi Alqhai, leider van het oude-muziekensemble Accademia del Piacere én een van de beste jonge bespelers van de viola da gamba (voorloper van de cello) en flamencoster Arcángel. Ze gaan op pad langs de muzikale pendelbewegingen – idas y vueltas - die zich tussen Spanje en hun vroegere koloniën voltrokken. Vanuit havensteden Cádiz, Sevilla, Málaga voeren ooit de handelsschepen naar ‘Las Américas’ uit (ida). Bij hun terugkeer (vuelta) namen ze niet alleen koloniale waren mee, maar ook gezangen en dansen. De overzeese ritmes, waarin Afrika via de geïmporteerde slaven doorklinkt, vermengden zich op Andalusische bodem met Moorse, Arabische elementen en het erfgoed van de rondtrekkende zigeuners, in een sprankelende melting pot tot wat we vandaag de dag als ‘flamenco’ kennen.
De jonge bailaora Patricia Guerrero, net in de prijzen gevallen op de Biënnale van Sevilla, verrijkt dit muzikale va-et-vient met flamencodansen waarin Zuid-Amerika te proeven is. Wie denkt dat cross-overmuziek een typisch fenomeen is van onze tijd, wordt met dit concert stevig de oren gewassen.
Las Migas | NOCHE DE FLAMENCO CATALAN
24 January 2013 | RASA Utrecht
25 January2013 | WMDC-Grounds
From their base in Barcelona, the four women members of Las Migas set out to find their own flamenco sound, eager to explore new forms. On their latest album ‘Nosotras Somos’ (This is who we are) and with new singer Alba Carmona, they prove they are strong and feminine, modern and Mediterranean, with ‘happy songs that jar and sorrowful songs that tickle’. The salty see breeze from Havana that blows through the compositions betrays the hand of producer Raúl Rodríguez. Rodríguez introduced the Cuban tres (a small six-string guitar) into flamenco with his group Son de la Frontera at the Flamenco Biennial 2008. Flamenco Light? Yes, in the best possible meaning of the word, but with the ‘unbearable lightness of being’ in every note.
Diego Carrasco Family Band | ¡FLAMENCO ROCKS!
25 January 2013 | RASA
26 January 2013 | Bimhuis
Singer-songwriter, improviser and composer Diego Carrasco is a regular at the festival. And for good reason: rhythm devil Carrasco (1954) is the absolute master of the compás (rhythms) of his native Jerez de la Frontera. His experiments, his elusive style and his original lyrics have made him a figurehead of the new flamenco, and he is like a guru to many young flamenco artists. Like Israel Galván has transformed flamenco dance, flamenco magician Carrasco is doing the same to music. Under his leadership a whole new generation of musicians is developing who, with tradition in their genes, bring flamenco to jazz, rock and pop. Critic Mingus B. Formentor wrote about Carrasco: ‘He plays with music like a wise child: spontaneous and free, without losing track of the essence. He really has the gift of the gab.’
Olga Pericet | ROSA METAL Y CENIZA
26 January 2013 | Lucent Danstheater
‘Although short in stature, she commands the stage, her body wrapped in a dress seemingly awash with flowers.’ This is how the New York Times described this revelation of contemporary flamenco dance. In her first major performance ‘Rosa, Metal, Ceniza’ she weaves modern and classical dance and flamenco into a wondrous, harmonious whole. Dancing in flamenco heels or barefoot, she takes us into areas between genres with magnificent expression and rhythm. Olga Pericet is part of a new generation of dancers and choreographers who are searching for a contemporary flamenco language. She can make her ‘bata de cola’ speak like no other young dancer. The long train that was out of fashion for many years in flamenco dance is making a comeback thanks to innovators like Pericet, who uses it to give the tradition a phenomenal dramatic expressiveness. Pericet handles the ‘mantón’, the graceful shawl, with equal fluency and gives it a new lease of life and flair. Olga Pericet: a new free-form poem in modern flamenco dance.
Edsart Udo de Haes e.a. | GALA VAN DE NEDERFLAMENCO
26 January 2013 | Rasa, Utrecht
There is a flourishing flamenco culture in the Netherlands. A choice of Dutch artists will appear in RASA exclusively for this Dutch Flamenco Gala. Edsart Udo de Haes (1981) is one of the country’s most talented guitarists. For his debut album, he was inspired by the elusive beauty of the Northern Lights. As the dancing lines of colour converge in the arctic light, so the different styles of flamenco, narrative music, classical music and jazz come together on this CD, which he will present with his band. Flamenco guitarist Johan Frauenfelder will open the concert with a performance of guitar pieces from his recent CD 'SOLOS'.
Arcángel & Theodosii Spassov | BRATIMENE
27 January 2013 | Bimhuis
Guitar virtuosos Vlatko Stefanovski (Macedonia) and Miroslav Tadić (Serbia) have previous with Theodosii Spassov (Bulgaria), the master improviser on the kaval. On their album Treta Maika (2004) they explored the common musical heritage of the Balkans with great finesse and jazzy improvisations. In this special double concert the trio will explore new flamenco ground with young talent Dani de Móron on guitar, Agustín Diassera on percussion and the great flamenco voice of our time, Arcángel, who is considered the heir to the legendary innovator Enrique Morente. Folk tunes from Macedonia, whose strategic position on the Balkans has made it a true melting pot of cultures and music, fuse with rhythms from flamenco, which is a melting pot of its own.
Bratimene –´spiritual brotherhood´ – is a musical journey full of adventure from the Balkans to Andalusia and back. Five curious musical minds from different cultures tell each other their stories with an unlimited imagination and unequalled pleasure.
Nederlands Blazers Ensemble & Carmen Linares | HISTORIAS DE VIENTO
27 January 2013 | Dr. Anton Philipszaal
30 January 2013 | Muziekgebouw Aan 'T IJ
31 January 2013 | Muziekgebouw Aan 'T IJ
The Nederlands Wind Ensemble likes to play programmes with passionate songs like fado, Corsican close harmony, or Icelandic, Neapolitan or Kurdish folk songs. For the Flamenco Biennial, the NBE has created a sizzling show around one of the greatest flamenco singers of our time: Carmen Linares.
Sonia Sánchez | TEMPLE
1 February 2013 | Foyer Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Young Catalan dancer Sonia Sánchez has created specially for the Flamenco Biennial the ten-minute piece ‘Temple’ (Mood). The tenora, a traditional Catalan wind instrument, creates a fluid sound and rhythmscape for flamenco improvisations, freely inspired by movements from the Japanese butoh, the dance form Sánchez uses to dissect her love of flamenco.
Mayte Martín & Belén Maya | FLAMENCO CLASICO
1 February 2013 | Muziekgebouw Aan 'T IJ
Cantaora, guitarist and composer Mayte Martín (Barcelona, 1965) has often been called ‘the best singer of her generation’. Her refined singing and her musical intuition have made her an icon of humanity. Even on her first album from 1994, ‘Muy-Frágil’, she showed that her greatest strength lies in her deepest vulnerability. Her singing is like her appearance: pure and unadorned.
Mayte Martín updates the classical flamenco repertoire with wonderful creativity. But she also excels at the styles in which Spain and South America are intertwined - the Idas y Vueltas. For many years, the genre was considered inferior, as ‘not true flamenco’, until Martín revived it and gave it a new allure.
With her boléro-like melodies to poems by Manuel Alcántara on her latest CD from 2009, the Catalonian singer pierced listeners to the heart. ‘Martín made the audience float on her voice of silk and honey,’ one critic wrote.
For many years, Martín and dancer Belén Maya were a fixed, passionate duo in Flamenco de Cámera. They will join forces once more specially for the Flamenco Biennial: two strong, beautiful women in a classical flamenco recital, in which old masters get a contemporary makeover.