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ViejoAmargo

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Is there hope for flamenco outside o... 

I just read an article by Estela Zatania that left me a bit depressed, because it's so true... It's about how the essence of flamenco is so misunderstood outside of Spain, the clichés and all that. Not in this forum of course, most regular posters here know their flamenco. But I can't help wondering if is there any hope in trying to "educate" people outside of Spain about flamenco, dispelling the idea that it's all about "stomping", that Paco de Lucia represents "typical" flamenco guitar, that it's all about romance and eroticism...

Heck, even within Spain most people outside of Andalusia don't really have a clue about flamenco either... It's not an easy genre to master, and it's too intense to be "popular"... Yet, what disturbs me is that even people who consider themselves "cultured" or "educate", people who would pay money to watch a flamenco performance outside of Spain, or who would travel to Spain because they are interested in different world cultures, seldom get it... Just looking at the kind of "flamenco" shows favored by Spanish and international "cultural elites" (e.g., Israel Galvan, Rocio Molina, etc.) says a lot about the disconnect between what most people "think" flamenco is, and it's traditional roots.

Is there a point trying to "educate" people who think they know flamenco, but don't? Or should we resign ourselves to the simple fact that flamenco is just understood by a very small minority (even within Spain), and the rest doesn't really care about dispelling the stereotypes...? My feel is that many artists outside Spain love to claim that what they do is "flamenco" just because that gives them an air of cultured sophistication... but they don't really care... and they know that where they perform no one can tell anyway, so it's easy to get away with it...

Anyway, just venting, really...

Here's Estela's article btw:
https://www.expoflamenco.com/en/estela-flamenca/flamenco-parental-supervision-advised
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Morante

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

¡Ole!
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devilhand

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Blame rumba. Somewhere on the foro I wrote rumba is responsible for misrepresentation of flamenco in the whole universe. So true. For most people rumba is flamenco.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2021 22:42:24
 
Morante

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Outside of Andalucía, the money is in the baile. Sara Baras is probably the most popular. But while everybody knows her name, nobody knows who are her singers, her guitarrists, her dancers. But, at least, Sara tries to employ artists gaditanos, so her musical director is Keko Baldomero, an outstanding gaditano guitarrista and her principal dancer is another gaditano, Dani Saltares. Without the international appeal of the dance, these artists would live unknown in relative poverty.

In Andalucía, flamenco is cante. But I am friends with her singers and know that they can hardly make a living here.

Meanwhile, radio and tele constantly offer flamencito as flamenco and the juventud have more interest in the redes sociales than anything else. The future is bleak. in the short term, the Barrio de Santiago is la hostia.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2021 23:59:48
 
RobF

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

quote:

But I can't help wondering if is there any hope in trying to "educate" people outside of Spain about flamenco, dispelling the idea that it's all about "stomping", that Paco de Lucia represents "typical" flamenco guitar, that it's all about romance and eroticism...

Heck, even within Spain most people outside of Andalusia don't really have a clue about flamenco either... It's not an easy genre to master, and it's too intense to be "popular"... Yet, what disturbs me is that even people who consider themselves "cultured" or "educate", people who would pay money to watch a flamenco performance outside of Spain, or who would travel to Spain because they are interested in different world cultures, seldom get it...

...Is there a point trying to "educate" people who think they know flamenco, but don't? ...


My concern is, and I hope I’m not tainting this due to having had a truly horrid day, but my concern is if one attempts to “educate” people from what appears to me, and I may be misinterpreting your intentions here and I hope I am, actually, but if the “education” is flowing from an elitist position, then flamenco will truly die, as this is fundamentally missing the essence. In my opinion.

But I’ve had a truly horrible life-altering day and I probably shouldn’t say anything. Unfortunately, I lack the common sense to STFU. I do know that if the Foro begins to adopt such a tone, and it sometimes does happen, fortunately not often, and seldom for long, but if it does, my stay here would end. Not that it matters.

I am sad to hear what Morante just said, and unfortunately I am hearing similar from the small number of flamenco players I know in Spain. Times have gotten tough, really tough. Maybe encourage people into the fold, instead of discounting them and their emotions? Flamenco is more than capable of educating people on its own, and can take it from there.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 4:24:29
 
ernandez R

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Well...a lot to unpack here. Some one always looses when a part of a culture is comidfied. Then there is a so called cultural evolution that happens in fits and jurks; some of us throw fits and others get jerked around.

No culture is static but many get murdered along the way for money.

I'm really new to the label but feel I've felt the donde my whole life. The flamenco was never easy, the way of the gatano is to be dispossessed and the song form is our way to express it.

There will always be a Flamenco. The label has changed over the ages and the notes and intervals. My southern brothers sang it in the blues and soul, any music of a lament that had in it a twin of celebration for life, for the heartbeat, that first cry of a new born or the last exelation of the aged cantor.

Like I mentioned on the other thread about tearing into a loaf of bread, if you've never been hungry how can you taste life the way we have, sure we saver the salt of tears more then most but that is our lot.

When I first read the OP and the article he linked I spent some time thinking about what we loose. A few hours later and a few comments more and I'm not so sure I can find the words. Do I need to?

I picked up my guitar just now and worked up a new falsetta, a lament, slow sort of sigurias, that E and A fridgen thing I play with, I'll most likely forget it by morning, like my life and those that come and go through the ages... Olé


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 5:58:45
 
ernandez R

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

Rob,

Times are indeed tough for many, not sure I see the light most need to get ahead.

Almost a year ago I was under a moose litteraly fighting for my life dodging hooves.

Three years ago a lost the engine on a small plane is was flying, had an easy road to land on but won the crossing power line lottery. I climbed out of the plane and made it about twenty steps getting away from the smell of AV gas, I laid down on the edge of the highway and looking up at the sky, my face bloody, wondering if I was going to stroke out right there on the side of the road...

Fight, fight like it matters, fight like hell, cause that's all we have, and when you are done fighting cry, cry like hell, cry like it's all you have, cause it's all we have. When the time comes get up and dust off, look up into the sun or stars and be greatful of the view, pick up your guitar and play like no one is listing and call out your lament, cringe up your face in agony and yell, cause it's times like these when it's all we have.

HR

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I prefer my flamenco guitar spicy,
doesn't have to be fast,
should have some meat on the bones,
can be raw or well done,
as long as it doesn't sound like it's turning green on an elevator floor.

www.instagram.com/threeriversguitars
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 6:14:12
 
RobF

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ernandez R

Thanks HR. You have the heart and the words of a poet and your words have great value. It makes a difference.

For me, I have to regain my health that left me during Christmas, and once that’s been accomplished I will lose pretty well everything I’ve spent a lifetime building; my home and my shop. But when the dust settles, I will still have my tools, my wood, and a fistful of dollars, so I will rebuild. Somewhere, just not here.

I have no idea where I will end up. I’ve talked with my Andalusian friends and they have places for me to live, so if Andalusia accepts me I might end up there. I don’t know. First, I’ll have to re-establish some kind of life here, as well, as a complete move may not be possible or allowed and at some point or points I’ll have to come back. I have to look into this. Right now I just have to figure out how to get away and rebuild elsewhere. Times are tough, indeed.

Your words counted. They were a bit of a lifeline and I believe you.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 6:55:08
 
Piwin

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Compare flamenco to most other regional genres and I think you'll see that it's doing very well in comparison. Many of them hardly have any kind of commercialisation at all. They survive just fine as communal music, as will flamenco even if the market completely crumbles. But flamenco managed to get some commercial appeal, and people became professionals making a living off of it. So now the gauge of flamenco's living or dying is its commercial survival. Pull the rug of exoticism from under it, and its commercial survival ends. Careful what you wish for. It's the same thing with this over-tourism business. People are right to notice there's an issue, but go too far in the other direction and you might end up sawing off the branch you're standing on.

Also, I don't think it's wise to put everything in the same bag. To think Galvan's success is based on the exploitation of stereotypes of "romance and eroticism" is IMHO to misunderstand what it is he does and why it has the appeal it has. It's just not in the same category as the long-haired open-shirt playing-Malaguena rock stars or whatever. Not doing the same thing at all. Similarly, people can have strong opinions about, say, Nino de Elche or Rosalia or people like that, but IMO it would be a big mischaracterisation to think their success outside of flamenco circles has anything to do with these stereotypes.

Also, it's really not important but since it's in the article: "guiri" is not derogatory. I'll die on this hill. It can be, but so can almost every word. 99% of the time it's either neutral (just slang) or affectionate.

@RobF Not gonna pry, but I hope you're OK man. Hang in there!

edit: ah, just saw your reply. Go to Andalucia!!! If you do come and I'm still in Spain, we'll have to get a few beers and see if we can enjoy an evening up in the Alhambra without getting kicked out by the security guard.

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RobF

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to Piwin

quote:

Go to Andalucia!!! If you do come and I'm still in Spain, we'll have to get a few beers and see if we can enjoy an evening up in the Alhambra without getting kicked out by the security guard.

OK, we’ll do that. Hanging around the Alhambra brewery sounds like fun, so count me in! And, don’t worry, you’ll be safe with me because everybody loves me. Maybe they’ll give us a couple of T-shirts before they throw us out. They sponsor local flamenco concerts, so I’m a big supporter when I’m there. That beer is so good they named a castle after it!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 8:38:29
 
Piwin

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

quote:

That beer is so good they named a castle after it!




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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 9:07:35
 
Escribano

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

quote:

Right now I just have to figure out how to get away and rebuild elsewhere. Times are tough, indeed.


So sorry to hear of your trials. I moved to Italy. I have no shop but tinker with building unique and interesting electric guitars. I work in the courtyard, with a few power tools and a chisel. It does not pay yet and I can earn the same in one day on my computer, as in two weeks building a guitar, but that does not really excite me.

I hope you find your place and if you want to come to Italy, I can help.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 9:51:51
 
Echi

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Sorry to hear as well.
I moved from Italy to Ireland (not for work related reasons) and I may offer some help as well.
Ireland is currently the easiest way for you if you plan to move to Europe. Lovely place if you are not annoyed by rain..
If you like to dare, I have many heart places in Italy spread through Veneto, Marche, Puglia and Sicily (in order with increasing level of difficulty to set a shop/quality of life).
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 12:17:09
 
JasonM

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Why should we care what other people think? Play flamenco for your own personal enjoyment first and foremost ! share it with your flamenco comrades. Sure it would be great if flamenco wasn’t dead/dying or the audience really cared about flamenco. But in the end if the world cares enough to learn more they will.

@Rob, Wow... All I can say is your welcome to crash here, Amigo. Must love dogs and guitars. I don’t know why you’d want to come down here vs Spain though lol!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 14:46:02
 
Ricardo

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Hate to break it to ya but the folks born in late 1800’s early 1900’s felt the exact same way as you can hear in Rito y Geografia. They were disgusted in 1971, but imagine if flamenco had truly died then and we never got, what I consider the high point of flamenco guitar from 1987-2004?

I agree that cante has suffered but that is the fault of the BAILE forcing orthodoxy and squareness that phased out the variety of cante that once existed, one letra at a time. So the flamencos have themselves to blame for that. Meanwhile the guitarists did some good things there, including people like Isidro Muñoz, Vicente Amigo and others, trying to expand the forms by composing new letras. Ok, they were not as “good” as the classics but at least they tried to keep it going.

Mostly I hear damn complaining and not enough DOING. At least folks like Morante use new formats like youtube to promote old cante that people are not aware of. The tools for education are right in front of us. Complaining about the “good old days are gone” like Don Pohren did about his hippy ranch in every single book solves nothing. Pick up your guitar (assuming you actually have a flamenco one) and learn something, learn how to accompanying cante, encourage your friends and family to listen. This is not hard people.

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runner

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

The heart of flamenco is cante, and cante is strictly an acquired taste when acquired at all. Some few (like myself) were strangely excited by cante when I first heard it as a young teen, and became lifelong aficionados of cante. But I never felt that any but a tiny fraction of outsiders brought to cante would like it, only those few outsiders plus those born into a flamenco-rich environment will be found to appreciate the "uncouth" expression of raw emotion that the best cante offers.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 15:57:37
 
gerundino63

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to devilhand

@Devilhand
Try that to tell the gitano’s in the Camarque.
Do you think your opinion counts more or is more valuable, or theirs?

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Morante

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

If you want to live in Ireland, you could contact George Lowden, a world renowned luthier and still a humble person, John Walsh, a virtuoso guitarist, La Peña Flamenca de Irlanda del Norte. Or you could take up trout fishing

Suerte

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 16:37:31
 
ViejoAmargo

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

quote:

My concern is, and I hope I’m not tainting this due to having had a truly horrid day, but my concern is if one attempts to “educate” people from what appears to me, and I may be misinterpreting your intentions here and I hope I am, actually, but if the “education” is flowing from an elitist position, then flamenco will truly die, as this is fundamentally missing the essence. In my opinion.

But I’ve had a truly horrible life-altering day and I probably shouldn’t say anything. Unfortunately, I lack the common sense to STFU. I do know that if the Foro begins to adopt such a tone, and it sometimes does happen, fortunately not often, and seldom for long, but if it does, my stay here would end. Not that it matters.


No worries Rob... Your opinion and concern is always welcome... I meant "educating" in the sense of making people understand flamenco culture... Letting people understand that flamenco is not just some "musical genre" meant to entertain with cheesy pseudo-erotic/romantic interactions between two "fiery" dancers, wildly stomping their feet. That there is a culture and history behind it. That cante is the at core of flamenco. Let people understand that very specific and complex palos are the essence of flamenco, and it's not just some bohemian improvisation. These sort of things.

My concern is that guys who show up everywhere with their guitar "looking the part" (you know, the manly Spanish heartthrob) and play something with rhythm, joined by a dancer stomping their feet and wildly grabbing her skirt up and down, will tell everyone that this is "flamenco". Then flamenco's complexity becomes cheapened. It's a slap in the face to those artists who took (and take) the time to be serious about flamenco, learning all they can about it (including its history, it's cultural aspects), who respect it.

I guess that's what I'm getting at: I'd like people to respect flamenco by realizing is not just some cheap, shallow musical genre...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 17:34:23
 
ViejoAmargo

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to Piwin

quote:

I don't think it's wise to put everything in the same bag. To think Galvan's success is based on the exploitation of stereotypes of "romance and eroticism" is IMHO to misunderstand what it is he does and why it has the appeal it has


Piwin, absolutely, yes... I didn't meant to imply that Israel Galvan and the like are in the same boat as the "cheesy" flamenco performers... My point was that there are several things out there that, in my opinion, betray the "true spirit of flamenco", either because it's too cheesy/cheap, its because it's too intellectual/artsy...

But of course, at the end of the day, we end up in the eternal question "What is 'real' flamenco? What isn't?". And it ends up being a matter of opinion, impossible to resolve.

quote:

Pull the rug of exoticism from under it, and its commercial survival ends. Careful what you wish for.


That is a good point, too.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 17:51:34
 
ViejoAmargo

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Thank you Morante, devilhand, Rob, ernandez, Piwin, Jason, Ricardo, runner, for your feedback... Greatly appreciated... It's always nice to hear from people who "get" flamenco...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 17:58:02
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

Have you considered that maybe you would have even less people knowing about real flamenco if there was no flamenco-for-tourists? Also, why do you think that people would care one bit for the real uncheapened flamenco?

This feels like trying to tell someone how great is the peated Islay whisky while all they care for is the alcohol to get drunk.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 18:01:21
 
RobF

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to Morante

Thanks everyone for the words of support and encouragement and it really does help. It counts for a lot, trust me. I figure it’ll take time to work through what’s going on, in part because I’m hamstrung until the vaccines roll out and I get my hit and some safer mobility. But I’ll get through this.

I’ll keep updating as things turn more positive, probably as the summer rolls on. I don’t want to burden my friends here on the Foro with too much negative stuff and I’m sifting through the advice I’ve been getting here on the home front. I have a lot of sisters, so there’s no shortage of it, lol. I need a couple days/weeks to decompress, then I’ll seek professional advice on my options.

On the Flamenco front, it’s all good. Some of my friends in Spain are in a very bad way, but we’re all helping each other, in any way we can, as we have done since this crisis began. It’s been flowing both ways and we’ll get through this.

I’ve been listening to Morante’s suggestion of Carmen de la Jara, “Canta Toreros Gaditano en la génesis del Flamenco”. That’s all I need right now, it’s beautiful.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 18:54:27
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to RobF

RobF I have no idea what you are going through.

Looking back, there were times when my back was to the wall, financially, emotionally...I won't go into detail, but I thought there was no way out in this life.

I escaped from one major entrapment not by pulling up my socks and doing something about it, but by screwing up spectacularly. Fate smiled upon me by allowing me to do something really stupid, which ejected me from the frying pan into the fire.

But then I had the freedom to react. Things started looking up.

Years later I am retired, happy, haven't owed anybody a dollar for more than twenty years. As long as we are alive, chances are some opportunity will eventually come up. All we have to do is to accept it, and to follow where it leads.

Hold on, my friend. Your luck will turn.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 19:38:45
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

As for an authentic appreciation of flamenco, like all the other American aficionados I know, I came to flamenco via the guitar. For me it was the solo works of Sabicas and Mario Escudero. I saw them in New York City in the early 1960s. Sabicas showed up for after hours juergas at Zambra, where he accompanied singers and danceers as well as playing an occasional solo.

If there was a cante track on an LP, I skipped it.

On my first trip to Spain I spent a few evenings listening to Rafael Romero "El Gallina" accompanied by Perico El del Lunar. I gradually became aware of the solo guitar's roots in cante, and started to listen a little.

Back in Austin I fell in with some of Eddie Freeman's students, who learned accurate copies of the virtuoso soloists' stuff, from Ramon Montoya to Sabicas.

I like and admire many of the later generation of guitar soloists, but nowadays if I listen to recorded flamenco, it's almost always cante. Without a first "shallow" involvement via the guitar, I don't think I would have come to be interested in "more authentic" flamenco.

With the possible exception of a couple of evenings at Jose Luis Postigo's place in Sevilla, every performance I have been to in Spain during the last 20 years has been what I would call a "tourist performance," focussed on loud and fast dancing, plenty of sweating and stomping.

This includes Casa Patas in Madrid and the Tablao Cordobés in Barcelona, both touted as "authentic." At Casa Patas the crowd was mainly Spanish, in Barcelona they were mostly European foreigners.

At Postigo's place we at least got equal time for cante, baile and solo toque.

Larisa says she likes cante. Next time we are in Spain, maybe I'll try to get into a peña or two.

RNJ
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 16 2021 21:02:35
 
Fluknu

 

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RE: Is there hope for flamenco outsi... (in reply to ViejoAmargo

I think there are two dimensions here, and they are beeing mixed.
The first dimension I see, is that any body of well established art has in time it's tacky/popular proponent. These artists are sometimes a bit shallow but reach out to a vast public. They give a kind of edulcorated version of the heart of the said art.

Example: Herman Hesse in litterature with "siddharta", a book about Buddha. It's really not the best book of Hesse, nor about Buddhism, but it drew millions of people to investigate that culture/philopsophy.

We can see that in jazz also. Who can go straight to Miles's Bitches brew?

If people get interested into Flamenco because of the Gipsy king, or into martial art because of Steven Segall, well that's cool.

In that dimension there's that thing that the heart of any great art is for most people
difficult to grasp at first. If they persevere, they might discover a richness, a depth and a way of life they never expected.

The second dimension is time and the transformation of culture. This has always happened, due to invasion of one nation on the other. But what is happening now is a major globalisation and a gigantic wave of cultural extinction, replaced by one global world culture. With good sides and bad sides.

I'm always amazed when I travel to another city in Europe how the same shop are everywhere (Zara, Fnac, and so on). every country plays the same pop music, same sounding everywhere, with minor differences.

Probably this pandemic crisis will accelerate this process and give a hard blow to the traditional cultures and enhance that emergent global culture.
But I hope it will not happen. Human nature is interestingly adaptative. I hope that once we'll be past this sideration/freeze reaction, we'll find ways to represent again the richness of human experience, be it through traditional forms or new ones.
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P.S. I love a good Gipsy King while driving sometimes, and a good Steven Segall movie when the whole world seems to conspire against me

I was thinking also that the mass extinction we observe in the animal kingdom is happening in the human culural realm. Could be an interesting thought to investigate: how culture and it's roots is connected to animals, crops, weather, food and so on. And how it's all changing now and how it will impact traditional cultures.
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+1 to Fluknu.
When I used to play jazz I heard often friends complaining with the same arguments.
True art bears an inner beauty which is eventually what matters to me, beyond tradition or contamination.
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Probably this pandemic crisis will accelerate this process and give a hard blow to the traditional cultures and enhance that emergent global culture.


Right after the last pandemic, the great “aficionados” lamented about how flamenco and cante jondo was “dying”. So they held a special concert promo event/contest in 1922 in hopes to “save” the cante. These aficionados were Andres Segovia (who played a fakemenco solea as an opener in the event), Manuel de Falla (very influential Fakemenco piano master) and Garcia Lorca (fakemenco musician/play-writer whose lyrics resonate with real flamenco artists even today). Of course the real struggling cantaores were trying to earn a living singing fandangos naturales and backing up dancers in tourist trap gigs, and out of principle, stayed out of the cheesy event. But the 1922 event produced some great artists in the end, Tenazas and young Manolo Caracol.

There was an excellent interview with the unusually talented Esteban Delgado de Sanlucar, where he talks about traveling the world and observing over the years (born same year of sabicas and the interview was done in the 80’s) that Flamenco had ALWAYS gone through periods of high and low popularity. Nothing is new under the sun, however I predict that historians of the future will take note of the importance on the evolution of the Flamenco genre due to 3 main events: development of phonograph records, TV/Media after Franco, and later YouTube.

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The second dimension is time and the transformation of culture. This has always happened, due to invasion of one nation on the other. But what is happening now is a major globalisation and a gigantic wave of cultural extinction, replaced by one global world culture. With good sides and bad sides.

A good point. In the internet age one can easily demonstrate it based on real data on google trend. I think k-pop is a global music style. Wikipedia says it's influenced by styles and genres from around the world. The popularity of k-pop has increased in the last decade. On the other hand flamenco has a clear downward trend. The same goes for jazz and blues.









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