The Dutch Flamenco Biennial, which takes place between 19th January and 3rd February, will host Focus Catalunya, with the collaboration of the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL). The Dutch Biennial, which is now in its fourth edition, is one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world, and the IRL will bring Catalan musicians, singers and dancers to it, affirming the creative output of the genre in Catalonia.
The artists included in Focus Catalunya are Mayte Martín, Juan Ramón Caro, Belén Maya, Salao, José Andrés Cortés, Las Migas with Raúl Rodríguez, Sonia Sánchez and Jordi Molina. They will perform in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
The Catalan singer Miguel Poveda performed at the Flamenco Biennial in 2008. On that occasion, he showed that flamenco knows no geographical limits and that Andalusia and Catalonia are its two interlinked creative poles, with a show entitled Sin Fronteras (Without Borders). This was a resounding success at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, and it opened the doors to the arrival of other Catalan flamenco artists.
The programme of the Flamenco Biennial is made up of a selection of artists representing the wide range and high quality of performers in Catalonia. Mayte Martín and Juan Ramón Caro will give a recital of classical and contemporary flamenco, in which cante jondo shows its vitality. They will accompany the dancer Belén Maya. The young singer Salao will also perform, accompanied by the guitarist José Andrés Cortés. The four young musicians of the flamenco group Las Migas will present their new album with the producer and Cuban tres player Raúl Rodríguez. Finally, the dancer Sonia Sánchez will have a tête-à-tête with the Catalan tenor shawm, played by Jordi Molina. Catalan flamenco at this Biennial will sound fresh, vigorous and diverse.
The programme of Focus Catalunya will be as follows:
- Utrecht, RASA, 24th January at 8.30 p.m.
CATALAN NIGHT: SALAO & JOSÉ ANDRÉS CORTÉS. LAS MIGAS.
Catalan flamenco night. First, the singer Salao, accompanied on guitar by José Andrés Cortés. Next, the group Las Migas, made up of four young performers, accompanied by Raúl Rodríguez on the Cuban tres.
- Rotterdam, WMDC Grounds, 25th January at 8.30 p.m.
LAS MIGAS with RAÚL RODRÍGUEZ.
- Amsterdam, Foyer Muziekgebouw, 1st February at 7.45 p.m.
SONIA SÁNCHEZ with JORDI MOLINA.
The dancer Sonia Sánchez presents her show Temple, accompanied on the Catalan tenor shawm (a solo instrument featured Cobla groups) by Jordi Molina.
- Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw, 1st February at 8.15 p.m.
MAYTE MARTÍN & JUAN RAMÓN CARO, with BELÉN MAYA.
Classical flamenco. The singer Mayte Martín will perform accompanied on guitar by Juan Ramón Caro, with the dancer Belén Maya as an invited guest.
- Amsterdam, Dansmakers, 3rd February at 5 p.m.
Sonia Sánchez presents her solo dance show El pliegue.
Performers include Mayte Martín, Salao, Las Migas and Sonia Sánchez
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