In celebration of the 125th anniversary season, Carnegie Hall presents three concerts that feature flamenco music as part of the 2016 Flamenco Festival taking place throughout New York City this March. The festival presents Spain’s finest singers, dancers, and musicians along with cultural activities and educational programs at venues citywide.
Photo of Vicente Amigo by Musacchio & Ianniello.
Friday, March 4, 2016 | 8 PM
Vicente Amigo, master of flamenco guitar noted for his creativity and inventiveness within the flamenco tradition, appears at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4. Over the years, Amigo has performed in sold-out halls throughout the country, but this concert is part of his first major tour of the US.
“I’ve always been interested in mixes,” says Amigo. “We ourselves are products of a mix of our father and our mother, how could we be against it? Besides, one of the wonders in music is that it is open-ended, infinite—in the place you least expect it, you can find something that enriches you as a musician and as a person.”
His March 4 concert, however, focuses specifically on flamenco with several selections from Tierra arranged for Amigo and his fellow performers Antonio “Añil” Fernández (second guitar), Francisco “Paquito” González (cajón), Ewen Vernal (bass), and Rafael de Utrera (vocals), along with special guest flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro.”
Photo of Pablo Heras-Casado by Fernando Sancho.
Colors of Spain
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 8 PM
Joining in the festivities, Granada-born conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Colors of Spain—his first program of all-Spanish music in the US—on Thursday, March 10.
The concert features Falla’s El amor brujo, performed with flamenco singer Marina Heredia. Also on the program is Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España with pianist Javier Perianes. There are also two string orchestra works from the early 20th century: Toldrá’s Vistas al mar and Turina’s La oración del torero. “It is time, here in New York, for me to present a program that celebrates the best Spanish music with some of the best Spanish artists,” says Heras-Casado.
Heredia’s appearance makes this a rare opportunity for New York audiences to hear El amor brujo with the style and passion of traditional flamenco singing, of which Heredia is one of Spain’s most renowned exponents. She learned her craft singing in the tablaos (flamenco clubs) of Granada while still a child, and has since performed in prestigious venues and festivals across Spain and around the world.
Photo of Mohammad Motamedi and Rosario Guerrero "La Tremendita" by Ana Palma.
Friday, March 18, 2016 | 8:30 PM
The following week on Friday, March 18 in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall presents Sevillian cantaora Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” and Iranian traditional vocalist Mohammad Motamedi in a program titled Qasida. Qasida refers to the musical fusion of Spanish folk songs and Persian high art that invokes the spirit of Al-Andalus—the cultural center of the Arab-Iberian world where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in relative harmony for nearly 700 years. For this performance, La Tremendita and Motamedi are accompanied by musicians from Spain and Iran: Salvador Gutiérrez (guitar), Sina Jahanabadi (kamancheh), Pablo Martín Jones (percussion), Habib Meftah Boushehri (percussion), José Manuel Ramos “El Oruco” (palmas), and José Guerrero “El Tremendo” (palmas).