Flamenco Vocalist Estrella Morente Returns to Carnegie Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 PM
Born in Granada, Morente is the eldest daughter of the late, legendary flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the dancer Aurora Carbonell. She grew up surrounded by flamenco and has since become one of Spain’s most sought-after performers, drawing modern elements of pop and jazz balladry into her music while remaining true to the classic flamenco tradition. Morente’s music has been universally lauded by demanding flamenco connoisseurs and modern rock artists alike for its crystalline timbre and for the singer’s ability to move seamlessly between warm, seductive tones to more raw and expressive phrases. A deep knowledge of the art form, as well as innate musical taste has made Morente a point of reference for aficionados and newcomers to flamenco singing.
Morente is an experienced performer, having sung traditional Cantes de Levante at the age of four and recorded with famed guitar master and flamenco composer Sabicas at seven years old. She made her US debut in 2007 as part of the World Music Institute’s 8th Annual New York Flamenco Festival, and was featured on the soundtrack for Pedro Almodóvar’s film Volver (EMI Latin) in 2006. Morente has performed in prestigious music venues and festivals the world over, including the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Royal Theatre Carré in Ámsterdam, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Oslo International Festival, and Les Suds à Arles and Festival Voix de Femmes in France, among others. Recently, she recorded De Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the Spanish National Orchestra under the direction of Josep Pons. Her latest album, Autorretrato (EMI), was released in October 2012.
The Flamenco Festival is dedicated to the promotion of flamenco artists outside of Spain. The festival’s annual international events showcase the leading flamenco names of today, from world renowned artists and icons of traditional flamenco to the most innovative, emerging young stars of flamenco dance, music, and song. Directed and founded by Miguel Marin in 2001, each year the festival is presented in new theaters across the US—including New York, Washington DC, Miami, and Boston among other locations—and brings new audiences to flamenco. In 2003, the first Flamenco Festival was presented in London at Sadler´s Wells Theatre, and has since become an annual staple. The festival has continued to grow internationally, bringing flamenco to the most prestigious theaters of the world, including those in Paris, Japan, China, Brussels, Moscow, and São Paulo, among others.
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