Beginner s Guide to Flamenco celebrates the past, present and future of flamenco.
The previous edition of Beginner s Guide to Flamenco was one of the most popular in the range having sold over 23,000 to date.
Featuring familiar and veteran names sequenced together with names known only amongst the flamenco community in Spain Beginner s Guide to Flamenco is full of vim and vigour as young singers like Rosario la Tremendita, David Lagos, Encarna Anillo appear alongside more established figures like La Macanita,
Miguel Poveda, Mayte Martín and Diego Carrasco.
Flamenco, that intriguing combination of voice, guitar, feet and palmas handclapping, is unrivalled as one of the few musical forms which directly expresses every possible emotion from joy to anger, celebration to grief, weeping to laughter, seriousness to joking. Flamenco captures and conjures up life and death.
Flamenco has been riding high in the world in recent decades as one of Europe s oldest yet contemporary, cutting-edge art forms. UNESCO s 2011 recognition of flamenco as Intangible Cultural Heritage has been welcomed enthusiastically in Spain. And that enthusiasm is felt all over Europe right down to the
dance aficionados (fans) who dance weekly in cities as far away from flamenco s Andaluz heartland as Edinburgh, Stockholm, Toulouse, Mexico City and Tokyo. Today, not only can the best be seen at Jerez at its annual festival and at Seville s Bienal; but as one of Spain s main cultural exports flamenco is integral in top class festivals in France, USA, U.K and Italy.
Compiled by Songlines Magazine flamenco specialist Jan Fairley