Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pastora Galvan at Casa Patas and more...

Two incredible videos featuring Pastora Galvan. Wow...mujer...fuerte!

Daughter of José Galván, Pastora’s blood has the long pedigree of her home dances and the modernity of her brother’s, Israel Galván, a genius in the most praiseworthy avant-garde of Flamenco. She’s herself a recognized prestigious dancer, since she won the Matilde Coral prize at the Cordoba National Contest 
of Flamenco Art in 2001. ... Her lively spirit and irrepressible energy drives her to go continuously into new projects and artistic adventures. So in her lasts works: a solo show for the innovative Flamenc Empiricfestival in Barcelona and her new creation Pastora, premiered in the flamenco festival of Jerez, where tradition and vanguard live together.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2010

Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song ''(cante),'' dance ''(baile)'' and musicianship ''(toque).'' Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco, although it also has roots in regions such as Murcia and Extremadura. ''Cante'' is the vocal expression of flamenco, sung by men and women, preferably seated, with no backing singers. The gamut of feelings and states of mind -- grief, joy, tragedy, rejoicing and fear -- can be expressed through sincere, expressive lyrics characterized by brevity and simplicity. Flamenco ''baile'' is a dance of passion, courtship, expressing a wide range of situations ranging from sadness to joy. The technique is complex, differing depending on whether the performer is male (heavier use of the feet) or female (gentler, more sensual movements). ''Toque'' or the art of guitar playing has long surpassed its original role as accompaniment. Other instruments, including castanets, hand-clapping and foot-stamping are also employed. Flamenco is performed during religious festivals, rituals, church ceremonies and at private celebrations. It is the badge of identity of numerous communities and groups, in particular the Gitano (Roma) ethnic community, which has played an essential role in its development. Transmission occurs through dynasties, families, social groups and Flamenco clubs, all of which play a key role in its preservation and dissemination.
Country(ies): Spain - © 2009 Agence Andalouse pour le Développement du Flamenco
Duration: 00:10:06 - Support: DVD (0036300010)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"El sol, la sal y el son"

Flamenco series dedicated to the best in flamenco artistry. This segment highlights "Jerez sin Fronteras." Jerez's best!

(Moraito, Juan Moneo "El Torta", Capullo de Jerez, Joaquín Grilo, Jesus Mendez y las sobrinas de la Paquera, Diego Carrasco y Tomasito, Sordera)

Featuring Killer "Bulerías de La Paquera de Jerez" from Jesus Mendez! WOW!

photo: Juan Moneo "El Torta" courtesy of

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Wow, Here is a Wonderful Doc Trailer Generating Quite a Buzz!

Preview trailer for the screening at the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival.
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award: Documentary Feature Nominees
Porajmos, the Romani Holocaust, was the World War II genocide of approximately 90% of the peoples known as Roma, Romani, Gypsy, and Sinti. Gripping first person accounts of the remaining survivors help A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED tell this overshadowed piece of history. This film traces the tragic history of oppression experienced by a people commonly used as scapegoats but also known for their contributions to performing arts and culture.

A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED asks the viewer if we are heading down the same path of genocide as World War II. As they fight for basic human rights the enduring spirit and
survival of these people gives hope that a better society is possible.
Synopsis written by: Jeff Kent
Robi Botos Music Director, Kurt Engfehr Editor, Tom Rasky Producer, Marc Swenker Producer, Stephen Whitehead Cinematographer, Aaron Yeger Director

Here is an expanded version with an interview with the director.