Part of: Around the Globe
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Flamenco Festival, Inc.
Carmen Linares is one of the living legends of flamenco singing. A master of the jondo style, she has set her voice to the classical-oriented accompaniment of symphonic and chamber orchestras for nearly two decades. She was the first flamenco singer to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of a tribute to Manuel de Falla. While The New York Times praised Ms. Linares for her “extraordinary and expressive power,” El Mundo (Spain) stated that “she possesses three invaluable virtues: power of communication, purity without purism, and all-around competence.”
Ms. Linares’s voice has the gritty quality of a blues singer—a lived-in voice that is textured by an age-old wisdom and unteachable elegance. She was born in the Andalusian province of Jaén and began singing at an early age under the guidance of her father. In 1968, she won first prize at the Competition of Flamenco Art in Cabra. She has toured the world with such top flamenco performers as Camarón de la Isla, Enrique Morente, Paco Romero, and Carmen Mora, in addition to appearing in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco.
Ms. Linares’s extensive repertoire has brought her to the world’s major stages, including performances with conductors Josep Pons, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Leo Brouwer. Her recordings include Un ramito de locura (2002), Canciones Populares Antiguas (1994), La Luna en el Río (1991), and Cantaora (1988).
Marina Heredia is considered to be one the world’s foremost female flamenco singers of the new generation. Daughter and granddaughter of exceptional singers, was raised surrounded by flamenco, debuting as a singer in 1992 when she was only 12. Since then, she has earned her place among the best of her generation, recently winning the Giraldillo Award at the Flamenco Biennial of Seville.
Ms. Heredia has collaborated with renowned flamenco artists, including Arcángel and Eva Yerbabuena. She has performed at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Albéniz in Madrid, Gran Teatro de Córdoba, and Palau de la Música de València. Among the prestigious Spanish festivals in which she has appeared are the Madrid Autumn Festival, Granada’s International Festival of Music and Dance, and the Jerez and Ronda festivals. In addition, she has performed at both the Munich Biennale and the Spanish indie rock festival Espárrago Rock.
Ms. Heredia has released four solo albums: A mi tempo (2013); Marina (2010); La voz del agua (2007); and Me duele, me duele (2001). She debuted the live show for A mi tempo in September 2012 at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville as part of the XVII Bienal de Flamenco. The concert included appearances by Mónica Naranjo and the Luis Rivero Choir of the Carnival of Cádiz.
Ms. Heredia has performed Falla’s El amor brujo with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s—all conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.
Arcángel is one of the leading lights of a new generation of vocalists. From Huelva, Spain, he creates his own world with a subtly expressive voice that is somewhat unusual within the world of flamenco—unwavering with an unyielding tone that is so strong and disarming, nasal and Arabic-like, adapting beautifully to other kinds of music. His range of interpretative skills varies from contemporary composers (Mauricio Sotelo) and old music ensembles (Accademia del Piacere, with which he won the Giraldillo Award), to projects celebrating the traditional art of flamenco.
Critics unanimously praise Arcángel, coining the term arcángelism to describe his beautifully melodic phrasing. He made his debut at an early age and has since performed before many important figures, including Mario Maya, Juan Carlos Romero, Pepa Montes, Ricardo Miño, Manolo Franco, Niño de Pura, Javier Barón, Eva Yerbabuena, Pepé Gamboa, Segundo Falcón, and Israel Galván, as well as members of the Chekkara Arab-Andalusian Orchestra of Tetouan.
Arcángel’s top aim is “for flamenco to evolve from its roots.” Between 2003 and 2006, he was invited to perform at prestigious flamenco festivals around the world, including the Festival de Nîmes, Flamenco Festival USA, and Flamenco Festival London. His albums include Tablao (2015), Quijote de los sueños (2011), Zambra 5.1 (2008), Ropavieja (2006), and La Calle Perdía (2004).