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Flamenco: Finding New Expressions

Fiery • Passionate • Innovative


Fernando Barros 

Fernando is on the leading edge of integrating the traditions of flamenco together with his unique understanding of its cadences and rhythms. His original compositions and singing style reflect the “melody” inherent in the poetry and prose of his countrymen.


Flamenco itself remains a quest for authenticity. Its early practitioners sought to embody the tenets of solidarity, fraternity and equality. In its purest form, flamenco is an expression of human emotions that are both intimately personal and universally shared.


Online and Tutorials

Vocal tutorials and online coaching under the direction of Fernando Barros, flamenco singer and composer. Learn breathing techniques, voice modulation, essential rhythms, and emotive qualities inherent to authentic flamenco performance.

Learning and Performance

Fernando Barros Lirola is on the leading edge of integrating the tradition of flamenco with his unique understanding of its cadences and rhythms, as well as the “melody” inherent in the poetry of his countrymen. His innovations include use of the voice as an instrument of positive expression, in combining traditional melodies with harmonies unique to the flavors and textures of the verses, and in engaging the audience in the meaning of expressive emotions.



Inspiring Improvisation and Innovation.

Flamenco itself remains a quest for authenticity, for the pure expression of those human emotions that are both intimately personal, and universally shared. And while authenticity may remain elusive, the search for it will continue to play a part in any effort to redeem one’s humanity from an inhuman society.


Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University New Mexico presents "Sephardic Cantigas": A Sephardic & Flamenco Concert 2/23/18 11 am

To understand the influence of Sephardic music in flamenco we begin with the musical contribution of the Jewish community to the territory of the kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula. Historians illuminate and provide clues to better understand this stage of musical history.
Since music has always had a fundamental connection with religious rites and because we have evidence of the existence of Jewish communities from the time of the Phoenicians (1000 BCE), we can say that a characteristic music was beginning to germinate with influences from the contemporary music that flourished and was played throughout the Iberian peninsula centuries ago.
The Jewish communities that were expelled from their lands for religious reasons by Ferdinand and Isabella, “The Catholic Kings,” kept their rites, their customs, their Spanish language and of course their music. It is important to recognize what can be truly be called a labor of love: the cultural custodianship the Sephardic people carried out. It remains alive and well and which, thanks to their perseverance, we can enjoy today.
Sephardic music contains elements of both Arabic and Christian music. It is Arabic in the rhythm and musical instruments, and it is Christian in the words in which this music was sung, the Spanish language.

Fernando Barros: Singer and composer; Carlos Lomas: Guitar & Oud; Davo Bryant: Percussion; Melissa Moore: Narration

Sephardic Spanish-Jewish influence in FLAMENCO

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