A Great way To Start The Year

The second weekend in January sees a tribute to Enrique Morente here in Madrid.
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Friday we’ll see:

José Mercé, Miguel Poveda and Eva la Yerbabuena.

Saturday it’s:

Arcángel, Tomatito and Carmen Linares.

And Sunday the Morente Family all together.

Tickets sold out quickly but we have managed to get a couple for each night. Links to performances after the break.
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Copla Española – Antonio Molina

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Antonio Molina
Antonio Molina de Hoces was born in Malaga on March 9 1928. He was a singer of Copla and Flamenco with a singular, falsetto voice and wonderful natural technique that led him to star in several shows and films.
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Duquende – Rompecabezas

Duquende is a cantaor from Barcelona who made his début at the age of eight with none other than Camarón de la Isla on guitar duties. Camarón had heard him sing and was adamant that he should reach a wider audience. He has since worked with all the leading guitarists and Paco de Lucía has invited him on innumerable occasions to take part in his shows. His recording career is not exactly prolific but everything he has done has been well received. His new album Rompecabezas, produced by Pepe de Lucía, is no exception.
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Copla Española – Sara Montiel

María Antonia Abad Fernández, whose stage name is Sara Montiel was born in Campo de Criptana in La Mancha in March 1928. Her parents were subsistence farmers scratching out a living in the land of Don Quijote.

From a very early age Sara stood out for her beauty and talent, both of which impressed Vicente Casanova, an influential producer and the owner of CIFESA film studios who saw her singing a saeta (an a capella religious song) during a Holy Week procession in Orihuela and arranged for her to have singing and elocution classes.
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Rocío Márquez – Claridad


Rocío Márquez needs no introduction, we waxed lyrical about her in the Flamenco series and her album Aquí Y Ahora was one of our favourites last year. This year she released Claridad in June and it’s better than her début. An album for flamenco connoisseurs made by a true connoisseur.
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Niño Josele – El Mar de Mi Ventana


Niño Josele comes from a long line of Flamenco guitarists and has played with the best of them. His accompaniment on Diego “El Cigala”‘s Teatro Real live album from 2002 is quite sublime. Like many Flamenco artists of late, he has broadened his horizons and has played in recent years with artists as diverse as Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys or even Elton John. He started out many years ago accompanying the great Enrique Morente but had spent some time away from the strictly Flamenco. Questions were being asked. “When are you coming back, Josele?” Well, he came back in June this year. And how!
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José Mercé – Mi Única Llave

Still getting my breath back after Estrella’s having broken her six year silence and José Mercé comes along with a new album.

There was me thinking that 2012 was shaping up to be something of a fallow year – how wrong can a man be? Dorantes, the Flamenco pianist, has also come up with the goods. I was too busy to share it with you but will post a review soon. But back to the matter in hand.
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