The Tertulia Flamenca Series at Collected Works is a cultural project of flamenco performance and lecture from Granada, Andalusia, brought to Santa Fe by Fernando Barros Lirola.
Fernando grew up in Granada, Andalusia, where as a young boy, he discovered the history of flamenco and the extraordinary flamenco voices in the caves of Granada, learning from the Gitanos (gypsys).
As a cultural ambassador of Andalusia, Spain, Fernando has recently relocated to Santa Fe where he has the pleasure of bringing his deep knowledge and understanding of flamenco together with his unique innovative expressions of literary flamenco performances.
As a Master Teacher of Flamenco, Fernando’s extensive research, documentation and teachings will reveal the depths of historical influences, as well as place it in the ever-expanding global music scene.
In this series of four sequential Sunday evenings, he will:
- reveal the mysteries and diversity of flamenco styles;
- demonstrate it in simple, practical and entertaining ways;
- explore its essential rhythms, melodies and harmonies
- guide participants in gaining a better appreciation for and enjoyment of this unique musical form
Innovative musical interpretation will include live and video settings for the poetry and prose of four exemplary writers in Spanish history: Miguel De Cervantes, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Juan Ramon Jimenez.
These flamenco literary and performance gatherings are open to all in a natural collaboration with two of Santa Fe´s most important community bookstores, Collected Works and ALLÁ, the only Spanish language bookstore in the region.
“Salon Sundays” are open to the public and participants are invited to attend one or more evenings as each performance will have a different author at its root.
The hosts of this limited engagement are Fernando Barros Lirola, cantaor and founder of the International Center of Flamenco located in Santa Fe and Carlos Lomas, renowned innovative guitarist with deep links to flamenco luminaries.
The Voice of the Poets: Verses of Light and Water
Overview of Tertulia Flamenca “Salon Sundays” Series:
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.
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 Jimenez, 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.
This is an artistic performance which is expressed by flamenco music, offering the opportunity to explore themes of the poems chos
August 9 – “I Sing as I Read” by Miguel De Cervantes.
- Understand how the musicality of the Castilian language has conditioned the creation of flamenco music.
- Understand the musicality and rhythm of the poems that serve as the basis for singing as well as to mastering the art of reading and recitation.
Texts from Miguel De Cervantes:
- Romance de Altisidora. Guajiras, colombianas and tanguillos.
- “En un lugar de la Mancha…”.
August 16 – Al encuentro flamenco de Antonio Machado
The letters and lyrics of Antonio Machado reflect a certain musical interpretation and are sung in the inherent genres of bulerías, Colombianas, vidalita, etc.
Poems of Antonio Machado:
- “Parable” – Bulerías
- “Fields of Castile” – Colombianas
- “Crime”. Dedicated to Lorca, – Seguidillas and cabales
- “My Childhood” Vidalita
August 23 – Alma flamenco de Lorca.
With Federico García 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.
Poems of Federico García Lorca:
- “Romance of a Black Sorrow” – Bulería 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.
August 30 – Juan Ramón Jimenez (exiled in USA)
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 Jimenez 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.”
Poems of Juan Ramón Jimenez:
- ¨Rendered” – Fandango of Huelva
- “The Final Journey” – Tientos
- “I am not I” – Flamenco bolero
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Address: 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Telephone :(505) 988-4226
Hours: 6:00 – 7:30, pm
Coordinator Fernando Barros Lirola
Miembro del Consejo Internacional
de la Danza – UNESCO con el nº 16955
CONTACT: Melissa at (505) 603-0743