Flamenco and romantic travelers

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The romantic travelers OPENED A NEW WAY TO FLAMENCO

The romantic myth of the creation of the South as a source of inspiration acquire decisive importance in the formation and maturation of flamenco. Europeans arrive romantic inspiration flows along the eighteenth and nineteenth century mainly to Spain hands of romantic travelers, writers, musicians and artists in general to be in Spain mirror their exotic fantasies, orientalists and contrary to rationalism reducer They are living in their countries. New values ​​emerge to the surface at that time, including the rebellion against academicism and formal, the search for the natural and spontaneous versus historiados values ​​Ilustracióny his scholarship so that the vital, spontaneous individual is encorsetados preferred to immediate molds. Andalusia is seen as an expression of oriental westernized and their music, customs and history, become myths that excite and fascinate these travelers seeking the new, different from what we have known. In a way it is the epic of the new man, the noble savage , it was called, which has already disappeared in Europe and the US, as a result of the social changes brought about the Industrial Revolution which seek in Spain and you will find in Andalusia.

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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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