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Roberto Lorenz and the group Flamenco Puro
to performing pure flamenco for audiences around the world.
What is Flamenco? (Click here if you want the long answer)
Many new to flamenco typically ask, "What is
flamenco?" This might seem like a simple question, one that
could be answered with a few formulas, a short list of essential features that,
taken as a whole, defines flamenco. The reality of flamenco is far
from this simple, tidy picture. In truth, flamenco exists in both
time and space, changing from locale to locale and from epoch to epoch.
By its very nature, flamenco is full of contradictions.
Flamenco is a Spanish art form passed
down orally from one generation to the next, often within family dynasties, and
it is constantly changing yet still retains the essential features that make it
Flamenco singing and guitar playing are not
taught in music academies, though theatrical flamenco dance has been taught
since the nineteenth century in dance academies.
Flamenco is a way of life for those involved in
it, and it has been a highly professionalized art form since the nineteenth
century, presented before enthusiastic paying non-Gypsy audiences since the
early years of that century.
Click here if you want more detailed information about the origin and evolution of flamenco.
Flamenco – Born out of suffering and pain.
Flamenco is as much a feeling as it is an art form. It is a way of expressing oneself.
To be a flamenco, one has to do more than just perform flamenco; it is a way of life. It is a way of thinking and feeling about the world and the way you relate to others.
Flamenco is not the happy festive art form that many think it is. It is a sad and soulful expression of life’s tragedies. There are some happier forms of flamenco that express more joyful sentiments, but in general flamenco is always tinged with pain and suffering. It is deeply rooted in the earth of Andalusia, and in the collective soul of the Andalucian people.
In the song we hear echoes of the eastern roots of flamenco. The Moorish influence is very strong.
The mixture of Islamic, Jewish, Gypsy, and Spanish folk music, is what created Flamenco.
Spanish poet Federico Garcia-Lorca said of Flamenco...
Flamenco is deeper than all the wells and all the seas that surround the world, deeper than the hearts that create it, or the voices that sing it, almost infinite. It crosses the graveyard of time and the fronds of parched winds. It comes from the first sob and the first kiss.