Year in Review

We’re winding down the 2017-18 school year and we wanted to recap some of our events from the past year, as well as events that you have to look forward to next year.

The year began with the debut of K. Meira Goldberg’s new flamenco piece, Raíz, which she has performed several times since and will hopefully continue to perform.

We hosted a screening of the new documentary by Miguel Ángel Rosales, Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories (Canciones de tu memoria negra), with a flamenco performance and round-table discussion.

It was a good year for publications. Director Antoni Pizà contributed essays to two books, Arquitecturas de la emoción: La música de Benet Casablancas (ed. Javier Pérez Senz), and Music cultures in sounds, words and images: Essays in honor of Zdravko Blažeković  (ed. Antonio Baldassarre and Tatjana Marković). Selected papers from our second fandango conference, Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song, and Dance, were published in Diagonal

We were involved in several talks and presentations in Spain. Fundación Juan March performed a new edition of Bretón’s piano quintet, which was discovered and edited by María Luísa Martínez, with Antoni Pizà. Martínez gave a talk at the Fundación on her new edition. Pizà gave several talks as well, on disabilities in music and another new re-discovery, the opera El reloj de Lucerna, which was performed by Theatre Principal de Palma.

Since last year’s production of Literes’s Los elementos by the City Opera, advised by Antoni Pizà, Literes has continued to enjoy a small renaissance, thanks in some small part to Pizà{s efforts. Pizà will be giving the keynote address this summer at an early music festival in Spain that is dedicated to the works of Literes.

The New York Andalus Ensemble presented its annual fall and spring concerts in their new partnership with venue La Nacional, where the Foundation has hosted numerous events, and NYAE director Samuel Torjman Thomas had an extremely productive year with his ASEFA music project, giving many talks and presentations with small ensembles of NYAE members.

Lastly, partnering with Flamenco Festival NYC, we organized two round-table discussions, Weaponizing Flamenco, with Juan José Suarez “El Paquete” and Naike Ponce, and Musical Dynasties, a conversation with Pepe Habichuela and son.

For a list of many of the Foundation’s past events and collaborations, have a look at our newly updated At a Glance page! In no particular order, it presents a master list of our past contributors.

What do we have to look forward to?  For starters, we have two conferences planned, with another in the works. This October will be our examination and celebration of racial diversity in historical and modern flamenco, The Body Questions: Celebrating the Tangled Roots of Flamenco. Then, in the spring, pack your sunscreen and head to Veracruz, Mexico for our third fandango conference, Transatlantic Rhythms in Music, Song, and Dance. We are also putting together a conference around another musical discovery, “Beyond the Guitar” by Joaquín Rodrigo, to be held in 2019.

We also look forward to the premiere events from our newest resident ensemble, the Quasar Trio.

We hope you enjoy your summers. We’ll be in and out until the start of next school year, when we’ll be back with more news of upcoming events.