Wednesday, February 08, 2006

enrique morente

we went to see enrique morente, one of spain's leading flamenco singers, last night at a packed palau de la musica. it was one of the most powerful, emotional concerts I have ever seen - a controlled passion rising up from a semi strangled voice that seemed to combine all sorts of sephardic elements in it.

It was all a million miles from the the traditional tourist flamenco pap - he is seen here as the man who reinvented flamenco here and has worked with African, Cuban and punk musicians. He has also adapted poems by Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca and songs by Leonard Cohen.

He is on at Sadler's Wells in London next week. Not to be missed if you around.

1 comment:

LBlack said...

Enrique Morente rocks! Saw him at BAM in Brooklyn last year -- his whole second act was with a howling grunge band behind him Half the crowd walked out, the other half were on their feet raving. Fabulous...

Larry Black in NY