djangoO: European Festival of Gypsy Music
El Amor Brujo – Flamenco Puro
| Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall
€ 24; € 37; reduced € 17
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Chonchi Heredia, voice
Munich Guitars (cond. Walter Abt), guitars
Antonio Heredia, guitar
Paco Fernandez, dance
Vanessa Montero, dance
Sara Heredia, voice
Chonchi Heredia is one of the most sought-after voices in the world of flamenco. Her family comes from the Sacromonte district in the city of Granada. Her dazzling career began as a young talent in the flamenco tablaos of Granada’s Albaicín district. Even Madrid’s most renowned flamenco artists invited her to record with them. She has accompanied world-famous dancers such as Joaquín Cortés, Juana Amaya and Antonio Canales at the premier dance festivals. Her vocal qualities appeal to Spain’s most progressive ensembles, including those of Jorge Pardo, Chano Domínguez, Miguel Bosé, Los Rodríguez and Estopa. And even the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía took Chonchi on his world tours as the ensemble’s lead singer. In this concert, Chonchi Heredia will perform the canciones from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo, accompanied by Walter Abt’s Munich Guitars with soloists Julia Malischnig and Ken Weinzierl.
Antonio Heredia (El Chonico), Paco Fernández, Vanessa Montero and Sara Heredia
Flamenco puro is what you’ll get with the ensemble of Granada guitarist El Chonico, dancers Paco Fernández and Vanessa Montero, and vocalist Sara Heredia. Nicknamed »El Chonico«, Spanish guitarist and singer Antonio Heredia is one of the world’s outstanding flamenco players. A member of the highly musical Heredia family, his grandmother was the famous flamenco singer La Faroaona. His style is inextricably linked to his place of birth: the famous flamenco district of »Sacromonte«. Sharing the stage with El Chonico is his wife, the singer Sara Heredia – Chonchi’s sister and currently one of the deepest voices of the Cante Jondo. »Flamenco is a dance that involves the face, the hands and the body,« says Paco Fernandez from Madrid, one of Spain’s foremost flamenco teachers and the best interpreter of this quintessentially Iberian art. His counterpart and congenial partner Vanessa Montero, currently one of the most sought-after dancers in Andalusia, captivates with her fiery temperament, sensitive touch and expressive power. El Chonico and his ensemble will delight flamenco fans on this Spanish evening!
Munich Guitars | Conducted by Walter Abt
Soloists: Walter Abt and Ken Weinzierl, guitar; Peter Cudek, double bass.
The trio of two acoustic guitars and double bass is dedicated to the musical heritage of Andalusia. Together with his two colleagues Ken Weinzierl (guitar) and Peter Cudek (double bass), Walter Abt presents his own compositions that pay homage to flamenco in the sound language of Paco de Lucía and Manuel de Fallas. Four compositions that Abt prepared especially for the djangoO festival incorporate fragments from Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, creating a furor in the rhythms of fandango, bulerías and seguiriyas. The trio will feature vocal reinforcement from Chonchi Heredia, who accompanied maestro Paco de Lucía on his world tours as the main vocalist, and dance wildfire from Vanesa Montero and Paco Fernandez -all of Granada's finest flamenco artists. It is no coincidence that this ensemble combines the global worlds of flamenco with those of jazz and classical music, the fusion of which is so far unique in this form and proves that flamenco can continue to reinvent itself outside of Spain. (walter-abt.de)
About the festival
A melting pot of flamenco, gypsy jazz, manouche, classical and world music and jazz with concerts, workshops, conferences and symposia. Over a period of five years, djangoO is holding week-long festivals in Germany, Spain, Serbia, Romania and France.
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