Flamenco que ¡Quita los sentioooss!

De Andalucía a San Francisco: ¡10 años de Flamenco!
Por Lupita Peimbert/Editora de Lupitanews.com

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La bailaora Gema Moneo en pleno movimiento.

Baile, toque, baile, cante-jondo, jaleo, y palmas con la pasión gitana que sólo los artistas de Flamenco saben crear. Y una vez más lo harán durante el 10th Festival de Flamenco en el Area de la Bahia, del 22 al 29 de Marzo en el Palace of Fine Arts y en el Teatro Brava de San Francisco. Le seguirá una presentación un poco más al sur, en Santa Cruz.

“El Flamenco representa la lucha de una comunidad a la que se le ha reprimido. Los gitanos en España han sido estereotipados a menudo negativamente,” dice Nina Menendez, directora artística del festival. “Pero la magia del Flamenco sigue viva, y la tradición se transmite de generación a generación.”

La legendaria Concha Vargas
La legendaria Concha Vargas

Precisamente “Generaciones” es el tema del festival este año. El elenco estelar llega de España y lo componen las bailaoras Concha Vargas y Gema Moneo, y el bailaor Pepe Torres; en el cante-jondo Esperanza Fernández y Jose Valencia.

Compre sus boletos hoy mismo, y conozca el dia y la hora de cada presentación en: www.bayareaflamenco.org o por teléfono al (800) 838-3006.


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Bohemia Comes From Opera, Boleros and Trova.

Mexican soprano knows how to mix it.  Content by Lupita Peimbert.

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It was her first time performing in San Francisco, at charming venue in the heart of the Mission District. Mexican soprano Rocío Jiménez combined opera, boleros, and Latin American Trova, and we liked it! Rocío Jiménez‘ sultry, delicate voice, the amazing guitar music by Hugo Waizinger, and a couple of female piano players, turned a simple evening into a bohemian night, at the small theater in the Community Music Center.

“Es la historia de un amor
como no hay otro igual
que me hizo comprender
todo el bien, todo el mal
que le dio luz a mi vida
apagándola después
hay que vida tan obscura
sin tu amor no viviré.”

A night filled with delightful nostalgia. Here is a little taste of it.

Rocío Jiménez en San Francisco por primera vez.

Rocio was born in Tepic, Nayarit; she grew up in Tuxtla and eventually moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, where she currently resides. One can find the artist performing at cafes, art-bars, and at some unusual places.

“It has been my purpose to bring opera, which is my passion, to as many people as possible, let them hear it, feel it, and understand it. I do it by mixing it with other musical genres I also love: boleros and trovas,” the soprano says.

Her repertoire includes Litto Nebbia and Silvio Rodriguez, two giants of the Latin American song, or Trova. Rocío likes the public to take part during her performances. She asks you to sing along, and behaves like a friend of yours while on stage.

Opera is her background and training. Forgive me but I didn’t record her opera songs. The boleros and the trovas is what I recorded, and I got her to sing backstage, a Capella, and to share in her native Spanish a little more about her life.

Check a mini-interview here.

The public appreciated Rocío Jiménez performance. We applauded and sang along. She was invited to sing in the South Bay on October 4th, at an event in the Mexican Consulate in San Jose. I think it would be great to have her again in San Francisco, and let larger audiences see her bohemian mix.  [Content: LP]

 

When The Giants Come To Town…

Meet Walter from San Francisco. He loves the Giants, and he loves to sing. I saw him at Dolores Park the other day, while he was searching the grass with a metal detector. He used to attend public meetings at City Hall, literally voicing his opinions. Great guy, and a loyal Giants’ fan. Go Giants!

Sotrytelling by Lupita Peimbert.