International Center of Flamenco | Santa Fe, New Mexico | Fernando Barros Lirola
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Fernando Barros Lirola

Fernando Barros Lirola was born in Motril (Granada) Spain in 1952 and focused his studies on geology at the University of Granada. Since 1980 he has performed in concerts and at Andalusian flamenco festivals around the world. He is a singer (cantaor), composer, historian, writer and innovator specializing in flamenco music. With emphasis on bringing voice to the poets and writers of Spain, Fernando composes and sings the works of Miguel De Cervantes, Federico Garcia Lorca, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Miguel Hernandez. Additionally, he specializes in interpreting the texts of several anonymous medieval and Sephardic poets.


Fernando is the author, with Sandra González, of the theatrical text, “Que venga, que venga flamenco!” His book, “Flamenco en las Aulas”, is to be used in future college courses on flamenco. He is writing a second book, which is currently being translated and will be available in English by the fall of 2016. His contributions to various periodicals is extensive, and he lectures in conjunction with teaching master classes on the intricacies unique to flamenco.


As an invited member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO, Fernando is an active participant in the preservation of dance around the world, attending the UNESCO congress in Miami in 2015. He attended the First International Congress held by the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco. As Director of the First International Convening of “Motril Flamenco” in 2013, his responsibilities included hosting delegations from other cities in the region. Additionally, at the initial gathering of International Folk Music Analysis, he participated in  “Experience in Teaching Flamenco”, as well as offering workshops on his theories presented in his book, “Flamenco in the Classroom.” Fernando also has a solid body of work available on social media sites and appreciates its accessibility to peoples around the world.


While in New Mexico as an artist in residence in 2014, Fernando conducted master classes in Denver and Boulder, CO, and at the University of New Mexico under the aegis of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He performed in venues in Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque and Boulder and led workshops at elementary and secondary schools in Santa Fe.


Fernando 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 combining traditional melodies with harmonies unique to the flavors and textures of verse. Using his voice as an instrument of power and persuasion, he guides the audience in experiencing emotional depths tuned to life’s mysteries, joys, challenges and triumphs.


Fernando’s work can be viewed on various social media sites. He is available to conduct classes, design curriculum, perform, and participate in panel discussions on the fascinating history of flamenco as it has evolved over the centuries.


Member of CID International Dance Council, UNESCO.


Member, No. 16955.


Presenter: Miami UNESCO Conference 2015: “Internalization of Rhythm”.


Presenter: Program to Spread Flamenco: Department of Education at the Ministry of Education in the Andalusian Government: GUIDE EDUCA.


3.2. Participation in Congresses, Conferences and Courses


• Presenter: First International Congress of the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco.


• Director of the First International Meetings of “Motril Flamenco” (2013).


• Interdisciplinary Congress III: Research and Flamenco.


• Analysis II: International Meeting of Folk Music


• Cultural Education in Andalusia: “Experience in Teaching Flamenco”.


• Invited Participant: 17th Mill-Race Festival on Folk Music. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.


• Musical Events to Celebrate One Thousand Years Marking the Founding of the Kingdom of Granada.


• Course in C.E.P. Andalusian flamenco as a cultural expression.


• Course entitled “Flamenco in the Classroom”. Faculty of Education,


• Flamenco Rhythms and Song in the “Guide Educates” for the Delegation of Education, Culture and Sport of the Junta de Andalucia, Granada delegation.


• Taller Flamenco in Granada IES Hermenegildo Lanz and IES Luis Bueno Crespo.


• Taller Flamenco at the Museum of the Memory of Andalusia Caja Granada.


• Collaboration in spreading flamenco in the program of Science Park “Voice of the Poets”. 2015.


• Masterclass: “Flamenco in the Academy of Natalia Perez Del Villar” Denver, Colorado. 2014


• Workshop Intensive: Internalization of Rhythm in Dance. Danceworks Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico: 2014


• Masterclass at Turquoise Trail Charter School of Santa Fe, NM. 2014


• Masterclass at Capitol High School: 4 Bilingual Classes Santa Fe, NM. 2014.


Demonstration of Flamenco in Singing, Dance, Guitar: Taos Pueblo School. Taos, NM. 2014


• Masterclass in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico. ENCOUNTER OF FLAMENCO AND POETS OF SPAIN. 2014


• University of Granada, University of Granada, Faculty of Fine Arts, Audiovisual Projects for “Self-portrait of Cervantes.” 2015.


4.1 Books


• Flamenco in the Classroom. Signatura Ediciones.


CID permanent program No. 4


CID Virtual Library of the Dance at


Books authored or edited by Members of CID Last updated: 24 January 2015.


Pagina tres


Barros Lirola, Fernando: Flamenco en las Aulas. Sevilla, Signatura Ediciones, 2011, 111 p.


• Online presentation of the “Keys of Flamenco”:

Presentation of flamenco and Andalusian music.


• Flamenco and Sephardic music, “Sephardic Heritage in Flamenco”.


4.2 Articles and Communications


• “Flamenco and Andalusian Music.”


• “Flamenco of the Century”. Opinion article. Ideal, May 10, 2012.


• Is a flamenco music? Ideal 15/5/12


• Articles published online


4.3. Work Theatre.


• Author of the play, with Sandra Gonzalez: “I come come, come, Flamenco!”




5.1- Miguel Hernandez in Flamenco.


5.2- The meeting Flamenco: Machado.


5.3- Alma Flamenca de Lorca


5.4- Flamenco Bolero “The Loss of Alhama”


5.5- Tientos Cañeros Abenamar


5.6- Petenera Sephardic “At One I was Born”


5.7-“Travel Final” Juan Ramon Jimenez.


5.8-“I am not, I am.” Juan Ramon Jimenez.


5.9- “Rendered”, Juan Ramon Jimenez.


5.10- Campos de Soria.


5.11 Santiago de Cuba.


5.12- Flamenco de Cervantes.


Videos on the web:




• The Meeting of Antonio Machado.


• Alma Flamenca de Lorca.


• Didactic Concert, “Song and Story”.


• Concert, “Lights of Ancient Light”.


• Concert, “In the Footsteps of Juan Ramón Jiménez”.


• Concert “I Sing as I Read”.


Show: Old Martinez Hall, Taos, NM. June 28, 2014


• Doc Martin’s Inn. Taos, NM. Concert with Taos Native American flautist, Robert Mirabal. 2014.


• Participation in the Disney Center for Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center: Music Festival, August 2014.


Show University Granada, Canto como leo a Cervantes, April, 20, 2014.


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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