‘The cante jondo is more profound than the heart that creates it at that time
and the voice that sings it, because she is well nigh infinite.’ Federico García Lorca

Carmen Linares, the ‘grande dame’ of flamenco singing makes a glittering return to the Netherlands after ten years away. As the festival’s artist in residence, she will open this IVth Flamenco Biennial and embark on an adventure with her musicians and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble in her show ‘Historias de Viento’ (Stories of the Wind).

For aficionados, Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez (Linares, 1951) needs no introduction. Since her breakthrough in the early 1970s she has reached the status of the earth mother of the cante, the song. She belongs to a select group of singers who have the rare talent of being able to capture joy, sorrow and life force in a single note. She learned her trade in Madrid’s famous ‘tablaos’, Torres Bermejas and the Café de Chinitas, where the greats used to meet:  Camarón, Enrique Morente, La Perla de Cádiz, Serranito, los Habichuela. Linares is what is lovingly called a ‘cantaora larga’, meaning that she masters all styles, making her the greatest and most complete flamenco singer of our time. Linares is constantly looking for new forms of expression of the primal songs and likes to set poems of classical Spanish poets to flamenco because, as she says, she wants to ‘broaden her artistic fan.’

In Historias de Viento, Verhalen van de Wind, maakt het Nederlandse Blazers Ensemble met Carmen Linares een poëtische reis door het Andalusische landschap en reizen ze overzee naar Zuidamerika. De zangeres houdt van de traditionele flamencoverzen, de oude coplas, maar ook van Spaanse klassieke dichters, die ze graag op flamenco zet, omdat deze zoals ze zelf zegt  ‘haar artistieke waaier verbreden’.