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Alba GuerreroThis well-known flamenco artist Alba Guerrero will present a performance "7 días" ("7 Days") in the festival. She had been influenced by such singers as La Perla de Cádiz, Lole Montoya, La Niña de los Peines, Maria Vargas and many more. In her official website she says that "The only that thing that I have is my love for music...". March 7th, 8pm; Luz de Gas; 12€ advance / 15€ venue
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José MercéJosé Soto Soto, known as José Mercé, is a Chilean artist who says that flamenco is for everyone. He began performing at age of 13 with such dancers as Mario Maya, Carmen Mora and others. In 1986 he won the National Competition of Flamenco Art in Cordoba. This year in Barcelona Flamenco Festival he will present a program titled "Ruido". March 8th, 9pm; Gran Teatre del Liceu; 18€ to 69€.
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CamarónCamarón is considered as one the most influential flamenco singers and founders of the new flamenco style (Nuevo flamenco). His songs will be performed once again after thirty years break.March 12th, 9pm; Teatre Joventut (L´Hospitalet de Llobregat); 24 €
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ParritaThis well-known Spanish flamenco artist started his solo career in the early Eighties immediately getting public recognition. Has performed with such singers as Pepe de Lucía Paco de Los Amaya Moncho, Gerardo Nunez, Tomatito and others.February 11th, 9pm; Gran Teatre del Liceu; 42€ to 65€
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PitingoAndalusian singer Antonio Pitingo presents an attractive fusion of flamenco and soul. His music is highly influenced by classical flamenco and singers like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles many others.April 15th, 9pm; Palau de la Música Catalana; 18€ to 45€
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TomasitoTomasito is known as a very productive and suprising artist. His flamenco is being called magnificent. Tomasito has collaborated with various jazz and rock musicians and has created his unique flamenco style.He is likely to present songs from his new album "Y de lo mío ¿qué?"March 26th, 9.30pm; Apolo; 18€ advance / 22€ venue
Flamenco. It either gets under your skin and you’re an aficionado from the moment you first experience it, or you wish they’d stomp off and have their wailing temper tantrums elsewhere. If you’re not sure which camp you belong to, this month’s flamenco festival, De Cajón!, could help you decide.
Hailing from Andalucía but with Indian roots, flamenco in its original form was the simple sound of a plaintive voice accompanied by the rhythm beaten out with a stick. Centuries on (and as this festival shows), modern flamenco covers a vast range of styles but most feature a combination of voice (cante), dance (baile), guitar (toque) and generally having a right old knees-up (jaleo).
Now in its fifth year and with many a loyal fan in the Catalan capital, De Cajón! proves that you don’t have to be Andalucian to have gypsy magic in your feet, voice or fingers. This year’s festival is its most eclectic yet, running the whole gamut of styles from gravelly-voiced ‘cante jondo’ (a vocal style whose name means ‘deep song’) to flamenco hip-hop fusion. There’s even a cycle of flamenco in Catalan at Apolo 2.
Festival highlights include flamenco pop sensation and actress, Rosario (the bullfighter from Almodovar’s Talk to Her), who takes to the stage at the Palau de la Música (Feb 25th), the rap/flamenco stylings of La Shica at Luz de Gas (March 19th) and a tribute to Camarón—the late-but-great godfather of new flamenco—in Hospitalet (March 12th).
Our picks are legendary crooner José Mercé, whose gritty ‘50 a day’-style voice and catchy choruses come to the Liceu on March 8th, and Tomasito, a man famous for throwing a moonwalk or bizarre breakdance move into his flamenco shufflings (March 26th, Apolo).
There’s also an extraordinary opportunity to see Spain’s gloomiest indie rockers, Los Planetas, pay homage to flamenco daddy Manolo Caracol at the Palau de la Música on March 11th. Quite how that will sound is anyone’s guess.
De Cajón! Festival Flamenco de Barcelona; Various venues; February 11th, 2010 to April 15th, 2010; www.theproject.es
HOW TO JALEO
There’s no room for wallflowers in a flamenco club. To fit in, all you need to do is stamp your feet and shout out encouragement. It goes something like this:
At the opening few bars, or at the first sign of faffing, pipe up with a ‘Vamo’ ya!’ (‘Let’s go/Get on with it!’), followed with an ‘Eso es!’ (‘That’s it!’) when they do. When the dancers impress with their nifty footwork, try out an ‘ASÍ se baila!!!’ (‘THAT’S how to dance!!!’) or a ‘Toma que toma!’. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s time for an ‘Olé!’. For the flamenco equivalent of an ‘I need to be hosed down that was so good’, a simple ‘AGUA!’ does the trick. Be warned though, those hand claps are more complicated than they look.