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Pimientito

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SANLUCAR 2009 

I have an infected eyelid from lack of sleep….I have a tendonitis in my left hand….my liver has turned to paté. My dining table is covered in pages of transcriptions, photos, and hours of recordings.My mobile phone is full of new numbers. It’s been a week now since Sanlucar and yet I’m still buzzing from an experience that felt more like a family reunion than a flamenco course…..and yet no-one has posted a word about 2009 in Sanlucar.

I can only think that if everyone there feels like me, its hard to know where to begin. All I can say is to everyone reading this who was there…THANK YOU! Thank you guys for being the biggest hearted, coolest, die hard, flamenco party animals in the world. The sense of friendship and solidarity was overwhelming. You are all great!

This year numbers were way down, maybe 35 guitar players and 70 or so people on the course in total but the level of fiesta was at a new record. Classes followed by concerts followed by fiesta followed by beach parties until dawn every single night. So much so that by day 5 of the course Gerardo Nuñez walked into an empty auditorium (for the first time in Sanlucar history) that led later to a private class with only 5 very exhausted guitarists.

Matic was my roomie for the week and I talked him into doing the advanced course this year. He did really well and I can’t believe how quickly he picked up the material. Olé Matic, I know you got a lot out of your Spanish experience this year.

I didn’t take so many photos this year but Errol must have taken around 2000. He captured some amazing images so I’m looking forward to him posting them on Flikr around the end of August. Many people have posted on Ramins facebook site and there are already 400 or so photos there.

There were a lot of cool memories. Rafa de Utrera was in the Hotel room next to ours and it was great to hear him singing in the shower as I was waking up. When we arrived in Sanlucar there were posters all over town advertising the international flamenco week at the contratiempos. I thought "Wow! thats great, we should go to see that" only to realise later that in fact we were the international flamencos . I remember the students being thrown out of the Barbadillo bodega at 3.00 in the morning after drinking literally every drop of sherry at the party! In fact the level of activity during our week there inspired a visit from the mayor of Sanlucar to the course to thank us all for coming.

Norman, it was great to finally meet you. Shame you couldn't stay longer but hope to see you again soon.

The scariest episode for me at least, was having to follow Gerardo in concert at the Peña flamenca. The place was packed to the gills and Gerardo came on stage and played a buleria en tono Rondeña at probably the best I have heard him. It was
quite simply the most breathtaking daredevil display of guitar virtuosity I had ever heard. The place erupted into riotous applause. Gerardo came backstage smiling. “I think that went quite well” he said. There was no way I was going to follow that so Ricardo was pushed on first followed by Errol and then me. It was a very nerveracking experience indeed. You sit up there and it’s hard not to let you mind turn to mush and your hands into jelly. Fergus came on after and played great.

On the last night Gerardo signed my Guitar in his garden which pretty much made my year. It was genuinely hard to leave and I miss you all. Transcriptions are coming in the next month or 2 so look out on the tabs section
Now I’m going back to bed. Zzzzzzzz……………

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 3:10:50
 
Stu

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

that was a great little read!! thanks man.

besides being jealous, im also inspired.

I must attend next year!!!

i look forward to more reports and some pics
Stu
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 6:06:35
 
Florian

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

yeah great stuff guys..thanks for sharing Pimientito ...looking foward to the photos

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 7:29:12
 
xirdneH_imiJ

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

thanks for writing this, i wish i was there...hopefully i'll make it in the future...can't wait to see/hear more stuff!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 8:41:40
 
Ron.M

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

quote:

I have an infected eyelid from lack of sleep….I have a tendonitis in my left hand….my liver has turned to paté. My dining table is covered in pages of transcriptions, photos, and hours of recordings.My mobile phone is full of new numbers. It’s been a week now since Sanlucar and yet I’m still buzzing from an experience that felt more like a family reunion than a flamenco course…


Hey Pimientito,

You should take up writing!

Bugger Jason Webster!.....your piece painted a vivid picture in words!!!

I feel knackered just reading it!

cheers,

Ron
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 9:01:31
 
henrym3483

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Ron.M

it was a really great week, great vibe, great moments, for a cante lover it was a real treat from hearing diego aguejetas being accompanied by ricardo, to montse perez accompanied by antonio carrion in the beg-intermediate class.

the night at barbadillo where everyone got really merry (and i include myself as one of the instigators of getting alot of people to finish off all the solear manzanilla and fino palomino) and to the final party with the new daddy carlos beccera playing el toque de moron and brining a smile to everyones face.

the girlfriend and myself stayed a couple of days after in jerez, and thanks to norman for bringing us around a short trip of santiago and for coming to lunch with us.

im currently enjoying a bit of the argueso pedro ximinez sherry which tastes like liquid gold. god bless the makers at argueso.



suerte

henry
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 12:55:37
 
minordjango

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

pure brilliance amigo ,i love that style , go hard or go home , must get there, sleep well man, get some photos up@@@ but you have painted a superb picture already
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2009 15:01:42
 
NormanKliman

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Hi Mark!

quote:

...I have an infected eyelid from lack of sleep….I have a tendonitis in my left hand….my liver has turned to paté.


Wait a minute, you paid money to get that, didn't you?

quote:

My dining table is covered in pages of transcriptions, photos, and hours of recordings.


Ah, that sounds better.

quote:

My mobile phone is full of new numbers. It’s been a week now since Sanlucar and yet I’m still buzzing...

It was great to finally meet you guys (missed Matic), and I had a lot of fun just cruising into town on my own for lunch and actually finding you guys at that bar! It was interesting to look into that back room and recognize the heads of people I hadn't actually met! The Internet is such a funny thing.

quote:

In fact the level of activity during our week there inspired a visit from the mayor of Sanlucar


Raising the eyebrows of local authorities, eh?

Henry and his girlfriend, Mark, Ramin, Ricardo, Ed (are you on this forum?) and anyone else I might be forgetting, it was nice meeting you all!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 2 2009 9:14:52
 
Fergusito

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Mark
you summed it so well. I went 13 years ago and now this year again, but not much has changed just bigger and better. The social side is by far the best, like you say becoming part of an extended world wide flamenco family, and the teaching is out of this world. I have now started working through and transcribing some of the material which will probably take me another 13 years but that won't stop me from getting there next year if I can. Met so many great people and amazing players. Maybe meet you another time Norman.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 2 2009 13:46:01
 
flamencoguru

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Hey Guys,

Here are some pics (585) I took in Sanlucar. It was great to see you guys there again.... and of course the new faces!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flamencoguru/sets/72157621927512466/show/with/3782692235/

Un Saludo, Errol

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 2 2009 18:01:50
 
Ailsa

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to flamencoguru

Errol brilliant photo slide show - I was hooked, and watching it made me late for work!!

Ricardo, your hair is looking great - love the half-pony. (Sorry that's a real girlie observation ). There's a black and white one of you that would be a great publicity shot.

You too Pim, looking cool!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 0:38:07
 
Florian

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Ailsa

looks excellent thanks for the photos, looks like amazing fun...one day i hopte to see you guys in real life too

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 1:30:09
 
Ron.M

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to flamencoguru

Really great pictures Errol!

Enjoyed the whole slideshow mucho.

cheers,

Ron
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 4:55:39
 
Matic

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

I thought that last year was absolutely amazing, as amazing as it could get... but this year the edge of amazingness was pushed way up. One thing was that I was much more relaxed and confident regarding travelling (last year was my first time flying, first time organizing bigger trip and first time travelling alone...). Other thing is that this year I came to Sanlucar and first thing was hugging Mark, Christophe, Tom, Louise, Ricardo, Ramin, Henry... and other 'old' friends, while last year noone really knew me (except for the foro friends in a way) and it was more about meeting people and making new friends. Which is a lot of fun, no doubt. Just this year i was meeting new people, making new friends and having fun with the old chaps.

We missed a few people, as Mark said there were fewer students. But the painful truth was that the level of fiesta leaped way into the morning hours... And there were victims. But I always got at least one hour of sleep before the curso started at 10am. Yes, I went for the advanced one. Mark gave me a speech on 'Why is it good to take Gerardo's advanced curso'... and after 12 seconds I knew I was in. And I'm glad I did it. The material Gerardo taught us isn't impossible to play as I thought it would be. I could even use some of the stuff in 29 years!! Seriously, he showed us some haunting soleares falsetas, loads of material in the key of Eb (bulerias, solxbul), tarantos, bulerias in A, tangos, rondenas....

And Tino was amazing. I don't know how he can do it. It's true that he knows some of Gerardo's material from previous years but he's actually able to learn the amazingly advanced falsetas in one afternoon. He may not be able to play it at Gerardo's tempo but he can play all notes in time... He's genious and a great teacher. He also played us his material after every repetition class and he always amazed me. His compositions are fab!

Another great thing at the cursos were singers Gerardo invited for us to sing. Gerardo, Tino, Antonio Carrion and Ricardo accompanied them... I'm glad Gerardo puts an important emphasis on the cante. I'm waiting for Curso de accompanamiento. That would be fabulous. As Henry said, there was loads to enjoy this week if you are a cante enthusiast. I had goose bumps three quarters of the time there.

The worst news during the week was when Henry and his girlfriend told me during our dinner that they met Norman and that he's gone back to Jerez. I SO want to meet you one day, Norman. You're like my guru, man! Oh, I bought Mundo y Formas del Cante Flamenco for 35€ in Granada. The '71 edition, in great condition. I'm so excited!

After the curso Pimientito drove Annemarie, Hannet (2 coolest Dutch flamenco legends and great friends) and me to Granada. It was a fun trip. Kinda hot.
In Granada I stayed at Kate and Harold's place. Wow! Everything was perfect. Kate and Harold are one of the coolest couples I've ever met, and Kate is a legendary cook. I envy Harold so much... you have to send me some of the recipes of the things I ate in your house because you spoiled me and I want more! Harold showed me his studio which was fun! Can't wait to return back. Granada itself is a beautiful city. I felt like in heaven walking along the streets of Sacromonte and hearing flamenco all around me. And the sound was not coming out of my headphones!!

There's so much more to tell about the 2 weeks I spent in Andalucia...
Thank you all for making it perfect, can't wait to see you again in a few months.

Matic



PS: I'm a bit worried about the constant delays and errors that are happening to the foro again. We invited many people over in Sanlucar and they were excited about joining us. But I'm afraid they won't be able to or will loose interest just because of the technical issues. I'm sorry if you find me annoying but it would be great having those people here, they have a lot to share! So what's up with the planned move to another home? Did I miss anything?

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si no me caso este año que yo
me caso el año que viene
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 8:19:59
 
flamencoguru

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Yeah... I can't say how much fun we have in Sanlúcar. It is a true flamenco atmosphere.

Did I mention that Pimientito had the hottest palmeras... Sorry Furguisito.... you can´t compete!!

Un saludo, Errol

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 17:32:38
 
gj Michelob

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to flamencoguru

quote:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/flamencoguru/sets/72157621927512466/show/with/3782692235/


I felt the heat of the night, just by watching your photographs, Errol. Wonderful. Which of our Foro's boys were there, Matic, Errol, Pimientito, Ricardo, Henry, Norman....?

May I confess to a degree of good old envy?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 19:02:20
 
Matic

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to flamencoguru

quote:

Did I mention that Pimientito had the hottest palmeras... Sorry Furguisito.... you can´t compete!!


So true..

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 3 2009 22:55:19
 
alex_lord

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to flamencoguru

Amazing pictures and stories! I'm going to have to come to one of these, once I get some skills
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 4 2009 7:59:55
 
Estevan

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Thanks Pimientito and Matic for the stories, and Errrol for the photos, fun and inspiration for the rest of us.




p.s. something I've been wondering about for a while:
Antonio Carrion and Tom Jones - separated at birth?


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 4 2009 11:09:19
 
Ricardo

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

yeah....it was good.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 5 2009 12:27:39
 
henrym3483

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Ricardo

right heres some pics form that wonderful week







ricardo buying the drinks line up


















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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2009 5:02:50
 
Doitsujin

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

so many pictures... looks like an awesome happening. Great!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2009 10:48:30
 
Matic

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Hey Henry, thanks for those photos.


Ricardo, what did we drink to that night? To your performance with Rafael? I never asked how you felt about it? Why didn't you play the other 2 or 3 palos you rehearsed? No time?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2009 12:12:51
 
Ricardo

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Matic

quote:

ORIGINAL: Matic

Hey Henry, thanks for those photos.


Ricardo, what did we drink to that night? To your performance with Rafael? I never asked how you felt about it? Why didn't you play the other 2 or 3 palos you rehearsed? No time?


I think it was from Raquel the bar owner, for everyone coming and supporting her show and her bar....I think. Anyway, we had like 5 things ready but Backstage Gerardo limited us and the other singers to 2 numbers each for time. We did not know the other singers were performing too.

Ricardo

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2009 12:40:16
 
kozz

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Awesome!
After having read the introduction and seen about 400 pictures, WOW!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2009 22:16:40
 
at_leo_87

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

cool pics!

man, who is that blonde?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2009 22:24:59
 
minordjango

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

that blonde is why we are still practicing guitar
just joking looks amazing, my gosh what a great time , and you dudes are going for it, so make way for Minordjango ill be there, looking forward to such a time.

almost too intense to have so many fanatics there . great stuff
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 9 2009 3:45:43
 
Munin

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

Man...I'll be there next year, no matter what. Even though by that time I'll be living on the other side of the world already.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 9 2009 4:02:05
 
minordjango

 

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Pimientito

meet you there im at the other part of the world already !!! have been , sanlucar will be a great treat !!! .

funny i was planning on living 9as i will fir a short mount of time , living in spain 300Euro for food drinks a month , after that best change to 600
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 9 2009 4:13:44
 
henrym3483

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RE: SANLUCAR 2009 (in reply to Munin

quote:

cool pics!

man, who is that blonde?


If its the dancer at the end, her names noelia i think.
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