Saturday, February 28, 2015

The drawer

The drawer is an instrument of Peruvian origin. Usually measured 47 cm high, a base of 35 cm by 20 cm and is made of wood. The origin was because spanish people invaded the Peruvians and not let them use drums, so Peruvians created this instrument. This percussion instrument is played with hands, giving blows to the front part. Usually accompanied by a guitar, dancers with heels and palms.
It is a curious instrument but with much rhythm.  



The easiest instrument to use in flamenco


The fan in flamenco is an instrument, it's easy to use. Only move your arm harmonically. Usually people say "It isn't an instrument" but the sound that it makes is beautiful.

There is a video!

In my opinion this art is beautiful!
Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Alfredo Tejada

Alfredo Tejada was born the 17 of May in 1979.

When he was 10, his family moved to Granada.  After 4 years of musical studies is discovered by the guitarist Luis Millán, and begins to sing in Granada.  He has earned multiple awards in various competitions in Andalusia, also work in "The cave of el Rocio" Sacromonte Granada and participated in albums by artists such as Miguel Ochando and Adrián Gala.

who is right Flamenquismo or Antiflamenquismo ?

In this work , i will talk of flamenquismo and antiflamesquismo.
First what is the flamenquismo? The flamenquismo is the semantic field containing the cante flamenco and the tauromaquia.
Now i speak concering Enrique Morente I was born in 
granada on december 25, 1942 and was death in Madrid  december 13,2010 and I was a Spanish singer , considered one of the great innovators of flamenco.

What is the antiflamenquismo?It is  hate to the generation of 1898 for the flamenquismo.
Now i speak concercing Eugenio noel

He was born  in Madrid on september 6 of 1885 and 
i was death in barcelona on April 23 of 1936
He is reconized antiflamenquista and he say that all the ills of Spain were because of flamenquismo. 

 Here i leave one video of Enrique Morente:

Interesting thinks about Flamenco

I'm going to explain 3 different thinks of Flamenco


It is a basic palo of flamenco with various modalities suchs as Badajoz, Triana, Cadiz, Jerez and Malaga.
The compass of tango is 1 2 3 4
In this video you can see a Tango of Triana.

An important instrument

The palms are little know as instrument but can be  as important as the guitar, the palms also serve as accompaniment and you can dance or sing only with this.
You can play the palms deaf or strong(natural)

They can lead to time and setbback.
It is to time if the palm is at the same time that music and setback if the beat of the music is first and the palm is then.
In this video you can see the palmes in time and setback.

An important flamenco dancer 

Joaquin Cortes is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, director and producer.
When he was 12 he started being a ballet dancer, but he just being a flamenco dancer when he was offered to go dancing in a theather when he was 19.
That was how Joaquin Cortes started forming a flamenco dancer.

Now, in this video you can see a Flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes

The most typical Spanish art

1. Origins of Flamenco

The flamenco is typical of Spain and it is originally from Andalusia. There were muslims, jewish and cristians traditions but in the 15th century the Gypsies arrived to Spain so the result of this combination was the Flamenco.

2. The term 'Flamenco'

The word flamenco, was created in the 19th century. There isn't any certain way to know where it is from but there are some hypothesis:

- because of the bird.
- fellah-mangu: songs of peasants
- because its origin is in Flanders
- because the gypsies are also known as 'flamencos'

3. The protagonists of flamenco

In this photo we can see the singer (cantaor,cantaora), the guitar (tocaor,tocaora), the dancers (bailaor, bailaora) and the percusion (palmeros, cajón).

4. The map of the cantes

Lots of cantes and dances are associated to diferents provinces: in Malaga, Verdiales. In Seville, Sevillanas. In Cadiz, los Tanguillos de Cadiz. In Huelva, los fandangos de Huelva.

This song is Paco de Lucia- entre dos aguas.

In this page you can find a lot of things of flamenco.

This is all for today, I hope you enjoy. =) 

Las castañuelas

Las castañuelas son un instrumento de percusión muy antiguas, su origen es del año 1000 AC. Las castañuelas fueron inventadas por los fenicios, una cultura comercial, que llevó las castañuelas hasta: Grecia, Turquía, Italia, España y algunos países más. Sin embargo, España ha sido el país que mejor ha conservado el uso de las castañuelas.Las castañuelas son parte de la cultura España (se consideran el instrumento nacional del país).

Las castañuelas son dos pedazos de madera o plástico (normalmente madera), que están en forma de platillo hondo que están unidos por una cuerda

paco de lucia


Flamenco's origins was in the 18th century in Andalucia, It´s known that  when Spain was under Arab domination the music was modified and adapted by them, later was modified by Christians and Jews and later by gypsies .Firstly was mostly dance but soon the vocal accompanied with clapping of hands  and then the  music from the Spanish guitar was introduce .

Between 1765 and 1860, the first Flamenco-schools were created in Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera and Triana (Seville).

Paco de Lucia was born on December 21st, 1947 in Algeciras, a beautiful city located in Cadiz. He has  always lived with the sound of flamenco songs and dances since he was born as all his family loved music. He was already familiar with compas when his father began teaching him to play the guitar at the early age of seven. Between 1962 and 1964 he toured the United States, along with his brother Pepe, with the Jose Greco Dance Company.
Since his first recording in 1960 with his brother Pepe, he has gone on to record many breaking albums. All of his solo albums are full of musical innovations . His amazing  popularity is still recognize all around the world.

He recorded ten albums . The renowned guitarist died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in Mexico in February 2014; he was 66 years old. The city of Algeciras, de Lucia's birthplace, declared two days of official mourning.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Antonio Mairena

Antonio Cruz García is a flamenco singer, known as Antonio Mairena. He was born in Seville in 1909, and he died in 1983. He was gypsy, his parents had five more children. In 1920 he sung for the first time in public and from this moment he participated in some competitions. His first success in Seville was in 1933 in Easter week when he sung to "Cristo de los Gitanos".He moved to Madrid where he sung for very famous and popular dancers. And then he sung as a soloist.

 He is one of the biggest and famous singer of the history. He deserved the biggest honors that probably no one else had never had in the flamenco history.

Here there is another song of Antonio Mairena solea de alcala.

 I hope you will like it, thank you.

La Niña de la Puebla

 Her real name was Dolores Jimenez Alcantara. She was a flamenco singer and actress, too. She was born in Seville in the 28th of July of 1908 and she died in Malaga in the 14th of June of 1999. She had an especial characteristic: she was blind. She started her career at eigth years old, when she started studying music.

Her first concert was at the age of 20 and then she grow up.
Then the civil war started but this didn't stop her so she made tours around Spain.
She was married with Luquitas de Marchena and they had two children: Adelfa Soto and Pepe Soto.

When she was doing her last concert it ended fastly because she was ill, and after the concert she died.


The spanish guitar is an instrument of the string family. It has 6 strings. It consists of a body, a fretboard a neck, an headstock and a bridge. The cithara is the ancestor of the guitar. Paco de Lucia is considered the best guitarist and one of the most representative and important flamenco figures. There are a lot of compositions for guitar, the most famous and beautiful are: Asturias of Albeniz, Recuerdos de la Alhambra of Francisco Tárrega, Concierto de Aranjuez of Joaquín Rodrigo, Capricho Árabe of Francisco Tárrega and Spanish Romance (anonymus). In this page we can find a lot of scores for Spanish guitar. In the video we can hear the Concerto of Aranjuez played for the great Paco de Lucia.



Flamenco is a type of music from Andalucía,Murcia and extremadura.
-Murcia:Cantes de levante,la cartagena.
-Extremadura:Tanfos extremeños.
-Andalucía: Malagueñas,bulerías,tangos,alegrías.

Firts  the Flamenco is touch and dance.

 One of the guitarists better known is Paco de Lucía that brought flamenco to different places

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


          Castanets is a instrument the percussion. This wood's instrument is compound for two pieces

   the wood united for one cord. This instrument is more well know in Andalusia, this       

instrument is used in flamenco dance for give more rhythm at dance. The Phoenician 

           created the  castanets. The castanets have a forme the shell. The castanets become a essential 

        instruments in flamenco. This instrument have a different colours, but normally is brown. In 

     the  video you can see Inma Gonzalez. She is a important spanish artist in the flamenco,     

          she play very good the castanets

The art and the instrument

The flamenco. They people say it is an art, the experts say it was born in Andalucia in the middle of the XIX century, although some people think, that it is a lot older, and has Arabians and Indians origins.
Now I am going to explain that there are different types of Flamenco like the ``soleares, seguidillas, bulerías, etc...´´.

In this art there are flamenco dancer, like Joaquin Cortés, guitar players, like Paco de Lucía. and also flamenco singers like Pepe de Marchena.

With time the flamenco has changed and has fusioned with other kind of music like the Rock of Ketama.

And here you have a photo of Joaquin Cortes dancing:

A very important instrument specially for the flamenco dancer of Sevillana are the castanets. It is a percussion instrument.
It is made of walnut wood, ebony wood, etc... against wood harder the better.
You play them with your fingers hitting each other, and like, the wikipedia says: `` is known to the Phoenicians 3000 years ago´´.
One of the best that played the castanets was Carmen Amaya, flamenco singer and flamenco dancer. 

Here you have a video of Carmen Amaya dancing flamenco with castanets:

If you want more information about the castanets, click here


Flamenco is an ancest art created at the final of teh eighteenth century.
Most singers of this art are gypsies, for example the best Camaron de la Isla.

People of other countries think for Andalusia Flamenco.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Something About Flamenco

I'm going to explain 3 different things about flamenco dance.
The most important flamenco form
The alegrias are the most important flamenco form in the "cantiñas", because it's the more sing by the flamenco singers and most celebrate by the public when they listen to it. Its name is considering that it encourages fun and floric. They are folk very populate in Cadiz and in Los Puertos.
The rhythm of the alegrias is that one: 1 2 [3] 4 5 [6] 7 [8] 9 [10] 11 [12]

An Indispensable Instrument 

The flamenco shoes are an important part of the flamenco dance, the flamenco costume and the flamenco music. the tap-dance of the flamenco dancer is a part of the rithmy of the flamenco music. they are spacially made for flamenco dancers.
A Flamenco Dancer With a Lot of Art
Sara Pereira Baras was born on the 25th of April of 1971 in Cadiz. Her mother was a flamenco teacher and opened an academy when Sara was 8 years old, and her mother was her teacher of flamenco. When Sara was 10, she was in a group called "Los Niños De La Tertulia Flamenca". That group travelled arround Andalusia acting for the people, she danced for the old queen Sofia, too. That was how Sara Baras started forming like a flamenco dancer.

Here you have a video where you can see Sara Baras dancing alegrias, here you can see the importance of the flamenco shoes.

Here you have other video of Sara Baras dancing.

Siempre Así

Siempre Así is a Espanish pop group founded in Seville in 1991. Siempre Así started for friendship between young group. The eight members of the group, including four singers, are Paola Prieto, Sandra Barón, Mati Carnerero, Rocío García Muñóz, Maite Parejo, Nacho Sabater, Ángel Rivas and Rafa Almarcha. They sang in the golden of "la infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarín, Duquesa de Alba and Don Alfonso Díez". They have twelve albums in the market.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The best singer of Flamenco

His name was Jose Monge Cruz, well-know Camarón, its one of th best singers of Flamenco.

He was born in San Fernando, Cadiz. When he have five years old he play for the first time.
Whe he have twelve years old he won his first prize.

In 1968 he was permanent in the flamenco venue Torres Bermejas of Madrid.
He was there twelve years with the guitarist Paco Cepero.

In 1976 he get married with Dolores Montoya.

Camarón was death in 2th july of 1992 at the age of forty-one years old.

His best song Soy Gitano.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Let's Talk About Flamenco

Let's close the second quarter writing our second post: before March 1st, you have to publish an article about flamenco, one of the most important cultural and artistic expression originated in our region, and certainly the most important from a musical point of view.

Some examples of ideas that you may include in your post: history and basic characteristics of flamenco, its genres (palos), singers (cantaores/as), guitarists (tocaores/as), dancers (bailaores/as), reviews or comments on concerts, discs, videos, films, books about flamenco, its fusions with other genres, flamenco in the other arts (paintings, sculpture, poetry, etc.). Anyway, the topic is wide enough to allow each entry to be quite different from the others.

Please don't forget this: the goal we have to achieve is to create interesting, pleasant and enjoyable to read articles, and overall that these articles must be original: don't copy (of course) and don't "rewrite" something that already exists on the Internet. So, as we insist in the first quarter, no "résumé". Wikipedia and other websites from which you can extract insights are valuable sources for you because they help you to complete your knowledge about the topic. After reading this information, it will be in your head together with your previous knowledge and together with what we have talked about in class: the next step is to write a completely original article..

Work without hurry, to develop good articles, but without rest, because time passes quickly and it's not a good idea to wait until the last minute.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Drum kit

The drum kit is a musical instrument that belongs to the family of percussion.
This equipment is used in pop music, blues, jazz, rock, and heavy metal.
The drum kit consists of a set of drums, commonly of wood, covered by two patches, one striking (at the top) and other resonant (at the bottom). These drums may vary its diameter, affecting the tone, and the depth, changing the sensitivity over the patch of resonance. In addition the battery is also accompanied by essential dishes, and other accessorie.

Box drum
Snare drum

Bass drum

 This is an example of  a man playing the drum kit in the song Back in Black-AC/DC.

Abraham Mateo.

Abraham Mateo is a Spanish singer who was born in the 25th of August. He appeared in a Spanish progamme call "Menuda Noche" when he was 9 years old accompanying his brother Tony Mateo who sang there. That day,Juan y medio gave him the surprise of let him sing. He sang the song "Hoy tengo ganas de ti".Later he appeared more times in the programme. He took part of the competition "Veo Veo" too. Where he won his first award (Only with 9 years!!) He and his brother had the same dream when they were children and it was to became a singer.His brother is in a group called "Casanova" with his best friends.The  musical producter EMI,gave him the chance to film a disc.In dicember of 2009, he filmed his first album called "Abraham Mateo",the single of this album was called "Vuelve conmigo" there were songs like "Destronado", "Un amor como los de antes","Cuando tú no estás","Imagíname sin ti"..But that wasn't the only one album he filmed.The 6th of dicember in 2013 he filmed the album called "AM".And the last one he filmed is called "Who I am",this disc was filmed in L.A,USA.

Here you have a photo of the sleeve of the new album.
The song "Baby girl" sang by Abraham Mateo in Valencia (He carried out a concert there)