Under the direction of Thomas Søndergård, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is showcasing music from and about Andalusia on a concert featuring principal flautist Kersten McCall and two leading performers in the flamenco world: singer Mayte Martín and dancer Vanesa Aibar.
For centuries, the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula has been a melting pot of different peoples including Romans, Arabs, Jews and gypsies, all of whom contributed to the rich culture of Andalusia for centuries. It was in this vast region that flamenco came into being, a form of music and dance with a unique character. The art form has exerted an influence all over the world, and is still passionately practised both in and outside Spain.
Andalusian folk music had a major influence on Manuel de Falla – whose ballet El amor brujo (Spellbound Love) contains fiery instrumental dances –, on Joaquín Turina, and on the contemporary Spanish composer Mauricio Sotelo. His former teacher Luigi Nono drew inspiration for his Y su sangre ya viene cantando from the great Andalusian writer Federico García Lorca.
Cooperation with FLAMENCO BIËNNALE NEDERLAND