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)

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The popular music of Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region, reflects the cultural melting pot that distinguishes its history. In the Middle Ages, the area saw the peaceful co-existence of the three great Semitic faiths. In later centuries, Andalusia’s gypsy population would develop a musical style which transmogrified the more regular, four-square rhythms of Castilian folk music into a deeply personal, expressively wrought musical genre widely known as Flamenco. In the early twentieth century, the legendary Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca collected examples of this popular musical and poetic tradition, several examples of which are featured in this morning’s music, as performed by master Flamenco cantaor Fernando Barros, who hails from Granada. Read more about Fernando and his brilliant educational initiatives at http://studyflamenco.com/.

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