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)

2019 PERFORMANCES

                 

Metamorphic Transformation

Observing metamorphic transformations in nature allows us to extrapolate that method to humans and the arts. That is to say, the foundational substance becomes a supporting substance retained in the new identity. These essential elements are absorbed, now invisible to the observer, while the transformed form creates a stunning awareness of the new.

Likewise, our compositions make use of a similar pattern of creative mutation, if you will. We begin with folk songs that poet Federico Garcia Lorca chose, rescued from oblivion, transcribed for the piano and performed in various venues. Following a trajectory of revealing hidden elements, we submit them to an unexpected metamorphic process. The melodic essences of the old songs are those that give musical meaning to different poems that Lorca wrote.

Additionally, in his short life, he created diverse artistic works, including poetry, music, and literature. He also created formidable works for the theater, while also embracing other mediums such as painting. His contemporaries and artistic collaborators included Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

«Lorca in the Keys of Hands and Voice,” a concert conceived and presented by Adam Kent and Fernando Barros, is a musical innovation inspired by Lorca’s example. Lorca collected melodies from the Spanish folklore repertoire and transcribed them for the piano using two different concepts: 1) adapting the old melodies to various of his poem, as for example, ANDA JALEO to the poem «Preciosa y el Aire”; and 2) singing the old songs using the expressive, emotive characteristics inherent in flamenco music.

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