Books and Writings

portada-libro-290x300I am writing a new book that will be released in digital format. I’ll report the status through the fall of 2015.

 

Meanwhile, I have for sale a hard copy version of my first book, “Flamenco in the Classroom,” currently available in Spanish. It will be used this fall as a textbook in a class on flamenco taught by David Briggs at the University of New Mexico.

 

Flamenco is a universal art and is appreciated across borders and cultures. Its rhythmic, melodic and harmonic wealth has earned widespread respect that increases day by day as its place in musicological history is authenticated. This history, however, involves a legend of secrecy, which can impair its true message and, ultimately, hinder its growth.

 

From the medieval period through the Sephardim Diaspora and cultures throughout the Mediterranean, flamenco was founded in the principles of revolution and protest. Its base in the Andalusian region of southern Spain gave voice to the passions and emotions inherent in the culture of the times. Its romantic overlay with the flash of the dance form and prowess demonstrated by genius guitar playing can sometimes overshadow the origin of its power – the voice.

 

The aim of “Flamenco in the Classroom” is to demonstrate the essential element of this musical lineage and to garner new audiences, starting with the youngest participants. Students of all ages can begin to appreciate the intricacies of rhythm, musicality, performance potentialities and means of self-expression established with roots in the classical values imparted by family, community and culture.

 

You can purchase a copy of my book for $25.00+shipping by calling+1 505-603-0743 or you can order online at amazon.com  Click Here. (Only Spanish language copies are available)

2018 PERFORMANCES


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

SEPHARDIC HERITAGE in FLAMENCO
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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