Film and Performance: “Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories”

“Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to this art form.”

Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, a feature-length documentary from anthropologist Miguel Ángel Rosales, explores the contribution of Afro-Andalusians to flamenco as the art form developed. Gurumbé (72 min, in Spanish with English subtitles) has won numerous awards in the festival circuit and it is currently premiering around the world.

December 3rd, 2017,  join us at La Nacional  at 7 pm for a special screening and flamenco performance featuring dancer Yinka Ese Graves, who is featured in the film.  There will also be a round table discussion


CFP: “Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages” (Barcelona)

The Brook Center’s Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI) is putting on a conference at Barcelona’s Societat Catalana de Musicologia in October of 2018. The conference, Iberian Musical Crossroads Through the Ages: Images of Music Making in their Trans-cultural Exchange “will examine visual sources documenting transborder and transcultural transmission of musical ideas between the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of the world.” Spain’s many historical “explorations and migrations created a fertile framework for a rich exchange of musical ideas, sounds, forms, rhythms, dances, and instruments.”

Paper proposals will be accepted through April 2, 2018.


Flamenco Rosado: Gender & Sexual Identity in Flamenco

The Graduate Center’s Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) is holding a flamenco event at the Segal Theater on November 29. The event, “Flamenco Rosado: Gender & Sexual Identity in Flamenco,” is a flamenco performance and talk featuring members of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. They will explore intersections “queerness, gender performativity, identity, and social justice” in flamenco.


CFP Deadline: En ocasión de María del Carmen

As a reminder, the deadline to submit papers to the upcoming conference En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época is September 15. See the full CFP here.

The conference itself is rapidly approaching, It will be held October 18–20 at the University of Murcia.


Conference: Music Criticism 1950-2000 (Barcelona)

There is an upcoming conference that may be of interest to our friends and colleagues in Spain. Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini is holding a conference on Music Criticism since 1950. The conference is October 9–11 at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. 


Recent and Upcoming Literes Events

Antonio Literes was one of the most popular composers of the Baroque period in Spain. His name waned with the passage of time, but fortunately, he is enjoying something of a revival in the 21st century.

As we previously announced, the New York City Opera performed Literes’s opera Los Elementos this year. The production was advised by the Foundation for Iberian Music’s director, Antoni Pizà, who is the author of the only monograph available on Literes. Los Elementos  was also performed this spring at Paschaliskerk in the Hague (Netherlands), by La Academia de los Nocturnos.


Upcoming Gig from Resident Artist

This Sunday, the 20th—the day of the solar eclipse!—Samuel Torjman Thomas will perform with Alon Nechustan at the City Winery, for their Klezmer Brunch. Their duo is called Traveling in Pairs.  Brunch begins at 11 am; admission is $10.


Fundacion Juan March Live Stream, Sep 19

September 19th, Fundación Juan March Madrid will unveil its new season of events. This presentation will be live streamed on the Fundación website at 12 pm (Madrid time). One of the new events to be announced is the premiere of a re-discovered musical work by Tomás Bretón  (Salamanca, 29 December 1850–Madrid, 2 December 1923), the […]