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Flamenco guitar


The flamenco guitar differs from the classical guitar in the instrument itself and in the technique used to play it. The role of the guitar in flamenco was originally a rhythmic accompaniment to give the song an organized structure and a driving force. Today however the solo flamenco guitarist uses techniques from the classical school, and this is why the soloist has become a separate art of its own. It is not actually known when the guitar entered flamenco as an accompanying instrument, but many put its introduction around the early nineteenth century.

The birth of the solo guitarist came into being during the café cantante period, and has since gone on to be recognized worldwide. Guitarists such as Sabicas were responsible for the promotion of the flamenco guitar in America, and scores of others have carved lucrative careers becoming virtuosos of the solo instrument.

◊  Juan Carlos Romero  ↓  Sombra  [intro-tientos-tangos]


«The origins of flamenco are to be found in the triangle formed between the cities of Seville, Cádiz and Jerez. The private patios of Seville’s barrio de Triana, the docks at Cádiz, the farm–dwellings of the Jerez countryside – these are all meeting places for humble townsfolk, the workers, and according to researchers these were the natural surroundings in which flamenco was born.

Dotted around the vertices are other flamenco territories, each with its own unique flavor, such as Lebrija, Morón de la Frontera, Alacalá de Guadaira, Mairena de Alcor... As a result of blending flamenco with traditional local folk music, specifically with fandangos, other points emerged on the flamenco map including Granada, the hills of Huelva and Málaga, and the mining towns of Almería and Murcia.»

Silvia Calado Olivo [‘Todo sobre flamenco’/’All about flamenco’]

♦  Gerardo Núñez  ↓  bulerías

♦  Manolo Franco ⇓  Soleá

♥  Superguitar… ↓ Pedro Sierra & La Tobala  [doc]

♦  Santiago Lara  ⇔  Granaina  ⇐
♦  Antonio Rey  ⇓  Rondeña

♦  Dani De Morón  ⇓  Rumba («El Sonido de mi Libertad»)

•→  Jose Luis Rodriguez – Granainas  ⇐
∇  Pepe Habichuela   ⇓   Solea

♦  Manolo Sanlúcar  ⇓  ‘Maestranza’ («Tauromagia»)

♦ ‘Torre Bermeja’  ⇓  [Carlos Saura’s «Iberia»]

RIP∇  Paco de Lucía  ⇓   [1947-2014]

♦  Miguel Angel Cortes  ⇓  [Sevilla_2012]

¤ → Tomatito ⇓ ‘Soy Flamenco’ 2013  –  brand new album!

•→ Tomatito_Tribute to Enrique Morente  [Feb 2014]

•→ Taranta ⇐[2012]

◊  Vicente Amigo & Enrique Morente  ↓  Autorretrato  (2009)
Érase una vez un barco de papel perdio…  /  érase una vez un hombre de cartón herío
érase una vez una playa sin mar, sin niños  /  érase una vez que me mire al espejo – hundío . . .

amarga es la espina, clavada en mi alma   /   recuerdo imborrable que a mi me mata . . .

It once was a lost paper boat …
It once was a wounded cardboard man
It once was a beach with no sea, no children
I once looked at myself on the mirror – downcast
Bitter the thorn nailed to my soul
an imperishable memory that’s killing me

◊  Vicente Amigo ↓ ‘Córdoba’  [the capital of Spanish guitar] 

   ∴   Moraito Chico   ⇓   [1953-2011]

(José Mercé leaves him alone, ‘buleriando’, after count 2’06»)


⇓ (doc by Martijn van Beenen & Ernestina van de Noort)

Featuring three generations of guitarists from Jerez de la Frontera: Manuel Morao, Moraíto Chico and Diego del Morao.

∇  Diego del Morao  ⇓  . . .

∞  Juan Manuel Cañizares   ⇓   

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