Fernando Barros Lirola and Company
FLAMENCO DE LA ALHAMBRA, GRANADA:
FLAMENCO ART IN THE VOICE OF THE POETS OF SPAIN
The Voice of the Poets: Verses of Light and Water.
This is an artistic performance which is expressed by flamenco music, offering the opportunity to explore themes of the poems chosen.
This work is dedicated to Spanish poets and authors of the XX and XXI centuries: Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Miguel Hernandez, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, etc. Several poems have been set to music and performed with various flamenco singing styles: soleares seguidillas, tangos, bulerías, joys, Malaga, granainas, tientos, romances, tonás …
The proposed activity features the aforementioned authors, but will mainly focus on three renowned Andalusian poets: Juan Ramón Jiménez, Antonio Machado and Federico García Lorca.
Our goal is to reveal the poetic and symbolic work of these three great Andalusian poets who are universally known and renowned. We will reveal how each piece closely links to each individuals´ life and work as well as to flamenco.
Unique poetic metrics and musicality accentuate traditional flamenco rhythms. Additionally, contents of the letters will reveal many of the sources of flamenco.
That is why the verses of Juan Ramón Jiminez will be the «fandango», of the land so dear to him as well as «tientos» in the poem «The Final Journey” or “The Definitive Trip.”
The letters and lyrics of Antonio Machado reflect a certain musical interpretation and are sung in the inherent genres of bulerías, Colombianas, vidalita, etc.,
With Federico Garcia Lorca. we will explore the multifaceted range of his lyrics represented by his seminal, most classic and innovative poem, “Poet in New York”, published in 1929-1930.
To revitalize each poet´s lyrics, to remember his legacy and to recapitulate the lineage of the music, form the vital part of our desire to present this innovative performance. Additionally, the styles will be explained and the musical harmonies emphasized, along with the lyrics of each of the poems where the themes of light and water illuminate each poet.
Poems of Antonio Machado:
- “Crime”. Dedicated to Lorca, – Seguidillas and cabales
- “Parable” – Bulerías
- “Fields of Castile” – Colombianas
- “My Childhood” Vidalita
Poems of Juan Ramón Jimenez:
- ¨Rendered – Fandango de Huelva
- “The Final Journey” – Tientos
- “I am not I” – Flamenco bolero
Poems of Federico García Lorca:
- “Romance of a Black Sorrow” – Bulerías solea.
- “Precious and the Air” – Cantiña
- “Musical Storks and Romance of the Moon, Moon” – Tangos
- “They Are Blacks in Cuba” – Rumba
- “Murder” – Seguidillas and cabales.
Fernando Barros Lirola
Member of the International Dance Council-UNESCO
DANCE, SING AND TOUCH