The second edition of the Flamenco Festival will kick off on February 4 and will run for a whole month in various venues, organizers, the Cervantes Institute have announced. Entitled “Classical Flamenco and New Genres” the event will include a wide range of diverse performances, from guitar and piano concerts to flamenco- film fusion installations.
Another section will include a documentary screening programme featuring productions that look at the genre. Most of the performances will be hosted by ArCub, the Athenaeum and Radio Hall.
Opening the festival, will be reputed guitar player Rafael Andujar, accompanied by traditional dancers Ana Alonso and Juan Manuel Carillo Prieto. Rafael Andujar was born in Carmena, in the Spanish province of Toledo. At a very young age, he started studying guitar; later on, he perfected his skills independently, seeking inspiration in contemporary stars of the flamenco guitar: Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar and Victor Monje. Another highlight will be the presence in a concert of guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey at the Athenaeum. Since his debut in Seville at the age of nine, the artist has achieved universal public and critical acclaim. Also in February, the famous pianist Rosa Torres- Pardo will perform at the Athenaeum, as part of the festival. Pardo started her musical studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid.
Dates: February 4,5,6- Rafael Andujar and dance company; Venue: ArCub
February 9,10,12- Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey and orchestra; Venues: Athenaeum, Radio Hall
February 16- Rosa Torres Pardo Venue: Athenaeum
February 21, 22 Duo Jose Luis Monton and Ara Malikian – flamenco guitar and violin, Venue: Radio Hall.