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October 12, 2003
It was wonderful to see Maria Bermudez on the cover of the Calendar section ("The Next Flamenco," Sept. 28). Agustin Gurza did an excellent job of parsing the dilemma faced by flamenco, an art that must pander to the culturally unevolved to survive while, one would hope, retaining enough authentico and duende to still be called flamenco. It is a fine line indeed. Often one does not know whether to yell "Ole!" or "Rock on, Senor!" As in the worlds of classical music and jazz, many consider electrified instruments an abomination.
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February 26, 2014
Paco de Lucia, a renowned Spanish guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and was taken to a hospital where he died, Mexican officials said. De Lucia - whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez - was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was "Friday Night in San Francisco," recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.
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April 21, 2012 | By Drew Tewksbury, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar's 75th birthday, a very special guest was invited onstage to perform with the onetime Beatles cohort. Shankar's accompanying orchestra members set down their instruments as she walked onto the New Dehli stage, sat down with her own sitar and performed a 15-minute solo set. In front of 2,500 people, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi's daughter, had made her musical debut. She was 13. "It was utterly terrifying," Shankar says of her big premiere in 1995.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Flamenco dancers and aficionados will gather in New Mexico for the 26th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque , which begins Monday and continues until June 16. The festival, one of the longest-running events in Albuquerque, is considered one of the most important flamenco events outside Spain. It will offer more than 30 workshops and performances featuring artists such as Karime Amaya , Israel Galván , Marco Flores and Ivan Vargas . The weeklong festival is presented by the National Institute of Flamenco and will be at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on the University of New Mexico's Albuquerque campus.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Stephen Sachs delves into the fascinating world of flamenco in “Heart Song,” at the Fountain Theatre. A natural offshoot of the Fountain's long-running series “Forever Flamenco,” the play does double duty as a tutorial on all things flamenco and as a dramedy about one woman's midlife crisis. Shirley Jo Finney directs this world premiere and as usual, her work is top-notch. But the heart of this “Song” is Maria Bermudez, who choreographed the show and also plays Katarina, the sultry flamenco instructor whose class sets her students on a path of self-acceptance and spiritual renewal.
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November 15, 2012
Raised in Majorca, Spain, the vocalist Concha Buika traffics in a bewitching blend of flamenco, jazz and soul with a burnished quality reminiscent of the late Lhasa de Sela. A Latin Grammy winner, Buika's music has also been heard in collaborations with Nelly Furtado and Anoushka Shankar as well as in filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In. " The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.. $30-$50, (323) 343-6600, http://www.luckmanarts.org.
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February 8, 2008 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Although she has spoken of her performances as conversations with the audience, flamenco diva Eva Yerbabuena remained an isolated figure at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday, deeply immersed in a private relationship with the music. At the beginning of her "Santo y Sena" (Signs and Wonders) program, she appeared under a hanging lightbulb, wearing a short black jacket over a long gray ruffled dress. Suddenly lunging forward, she sat on a stool, her hands spread across her thighs, listening intently.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | SALLY ANN CONNELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Effective today, the county's chief probation officer--who once made headlines for refusing to send juvenile offenders to the California Youth Authority--has been fired for allegedly not showing up for work and not doing his job. John Lum, who believes that institutionalizing young offenders does little to rehabilitate them, maintains that the charges against him stem from a witch hunt conducted by conservative officials out to ruin his career....
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March 5, 2009 | Victoria Looseleaf
Raw and riveting, Los Farruco -- the famed Seville-based Gypsy flamenco family descended from legendary dancer El Farruco (Antonio Montoya Flores), who died in 1997 -- came to Royce Hall on Tuesday night and all but shredded the stage. The patriarch's lusty daughter La Farruca is a study in stealthy abandon. Her son, Farruco, matinee-idol-ready at 21, enthralls with his pounding feet. Then there's La Faraona, also an El Farruco daughter, and her son, Barullo, who at 19 is the baby -- and bullish to boot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014
Paco de Lucia, a renowned Spanish guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and was taken to a hospital where he died, Mexican officials said. De Lucia - whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez - was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was "Friday Night in San Francisco," recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Stephen Sachs delves into the fascinating world of flamenco in “Heart Song,” at the Fountain Theatre. A natural offshoot of the Fountain's long-running series “Forever Flamenco,” the play does double duty as a tutorial on all things flamenco and as a dramedy about one woman's midlife crisis. Shirley Jo Finney directs this world premiere and as usual, her work is top-notch. But the heart of this “Song” is Maria Bermudez, who choreographed the show and also plays Katarina, the sultry flamenco instructor whose class sets her students on a path of self-acceptance and spiritual renewal.
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May 19, 2013 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Two years ago Stephen Sachs began working on a play about the philosophy and practice of flamenco. He figured he had all the material he needed, having spent years in close proximity to flamenco dancers as the co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre, home of the long-running performance series "Forever Flamenco!" But after further research, he realized that the Spanish art form intertwined deeply with certain existential preoccupations that also inhabited his writer's mind. "The older I get, the more aware I have become of the loss of loved ones, the time in front of me and how I'm spending it. You start to wrestle more with these things," observes the 53-year-old playwright and director.
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February 13, 2013 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Valentine's Day: a symbol of the eros-industrial complex created by a cabal of rose growers, chocolatiers, jewelers and calligraphers or the perfect time for true romantics to show the rest of us how it is done? Culture Monster has analyzed the situation and determined that because music has been getting people busy since long before St. Valentine came on the scene, taking your love to a concert is foolproof no matter what your V-Day philosophy. To make it even easier, we've matched relationship types to an ideally suited show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012
Raised in Majorca, Spain, the vocalist Concha Buika traffics in a bewitching blend of flamenco, jazz and soul with a burnished quality reminiscent of the late Lhasa de Sela. A Latin Grammy winner, Buika's music has also been heard in collaborations with Nelly Furtado and Anoushka Shankar as well as in filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In. " The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.. $30-$50, (323) 343-6600, http://www.luckmanarts.org.
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November 9, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's subscription program Thursday included a Beethoven symphony. Hundreds of orchestras around the world this week can no doubt say the same. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, it was the Eighth conducted in broad strokes by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. But this was, in fact, a Beethoven curveball. The evening (repeating Friday and Saturday) really represented the opening of the L.A. Phil's opera season. The second half of the program was a concert performance (although with the addition of a flamenco dancer)
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October 22, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The cover art of Alejandro Sanz's recently released new album depicts the Spanish troubadour clinging to a shipwrecked piano, engulfed by menacing ocean swells. The record's title track, "La Música No Se Toca," or "You Can't Touch the Music," is a swooning testimony to music's power as an indomitable force of nature, a buffer against the undercurrents of fate and the riptides of mortality. "The music will remain," Sanz sings, in Spanish, in his signature earnest rasp. "The music is forever .... God guard music.
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October 22, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The cover art of Alejandro Sanz's recently released new album depicts the Spanish troubadour clinging to a shipwrecked piano, engulfed by menacing ocean swells. The record's title track, "La Música No Se Toca," or "You Can't Touch the Music," is a swooning testimony to music's power as an indomitable force of nature, a buffer against the undercurrents of fate and the riptides of mortality. "The music will remain," Sanz sings, in Spanish, in his signature earnest rasp. "The music is forever .... God guard music.
TRAVEL
May 18, 1997
I'm writing to congratulate you on the absolutely wonderful article on flamenco in southern Spain (April 27). I am a producer of flamenco here in Los Angeles, having presented approximately 180 flamenco shows, mainly at the Fountain Theater. I also have a home in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and can vouch for the authenticity of your writer's experience there. All too frequently the flamenco reported on in this country's media is of the superficial, commercial variety often found in the tablaos and restaurants frequented by tourists in Spain.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2012 | By Drew Tewksbury, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar's 75th birthday, a very special guest was invited onstage to perform with the onetime Beatles cohort. Shankar's accompanying orchestra members set down their instruments as she walked onto the New Dehli stage, sat down with her own sitar and performed a 15-minute solo set. In front of 2,500 people, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi's daughter, had made her musical debut. She was 13. "It was utterly terrifying," Shankar says of her big premiere in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012
Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival Where : Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach When : 8 p.m. Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun. Price : $35-$125 Info : (800) 595-4849; http://www.laflamencofestival.com Forever Flamenco Where : Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. When : 8 p.m. Sun. Price : $40 Info : (323) 663-1525; http://fountaintheatre.com/perform.html#Flamenco 'Kumpanía : Flamenco Los Angeles' Info : http://kumpaniamovie.com
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