<img src="http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/db/issues/96/11.15/ae.pena/ae.pena.p.JPG" alt="" /> Paco Pena
brings his new show 'Voces y Ecos' to London and the first reports are very positive. At the other end of the ego scale from Joachin Cortes, Pena can be relied upon to allow a series of fine artists to make their mark on his shows, despite the brilliance of his own guitar playing.
The coverage kicks off with an interview with Jenny Gilbert and then two enthusiastic reviews: Where disdain meets seduction
What happens when a flamenco virgin directs a flamenco show? Jenny Gilbert finds out in The Independent.
You don't have to look far to find flamenco in southern Spain. On a bench in a shady square near my Seville hotel even the dossers are at it in their fashion, one of them crooning in a scratchy voice while another two provide an accompaniment of rhythmic clapping. I remember once hearing a Spanish musician in London explaining the scheme of counting involved in flamenco – a complex affair involving cycles of rhythms each repeated x number of times according to the form of the song. The idea that anyone could keep a grip on these logistics when not 100 per cent sober only confirms my suspicion that the essence of flamenco is something Spaniards imbibe with mother's milk – even if later they progress to something stronger. click for more
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by Allen Robertson for The Times
OVER the past decade any number of flamenco companies from Spain have played to packed London houses, yet until this year these shows tended towards the formulaic or the exploitative.
Now flamenco is daring to move on, open up, explore exciting new roads. A few months ago Eva Yerbabuena gave us a breathtaking demonstration of this. Now the guitar virtuoso Paco Peña, working with the theatre director Jude Kelly, has upped the game with Voces y Ecos, which is enjoying a month-long run at London’s Peacock Theatre.
It begins with a brief vignette of Peña in front of his glowing computer screen as a voiceover ponders on what flamenco is. Next, with the stage bathed in tawny bronzed light, we are rolled back to some archetypal flamenco scenes ranging from the sort of thing you can experience at 2am today in Madrid and Seville to a vignette complete with huge art-nouveau posters celebrating Córdoba, 1899. click for more
****************************************** Inscrutable but infectious flamenco
Ismene Brown for The Daily Telegraph reviews "Voces y Ecos" at the Peacock Theatre
Flamenco is one of the most familiar and popular of attractions here, and yet it remains one of constant rediscovery. Partly because it has an inscrutable rhythmic complexity, partly because those wailing songs are never translated from the Andalusian for us, and so we can never share the terrible events and feelings that course through the singers' contorted faces and tonsils.
And partly because . . . well, what is flamenco's history? No one really knows, though most flamenco stars like to assure us that each of them is the authentic gipsy, and therefore has the inside line on it.
Paco Peña is one of Spain's great guitarists, actually based in London, and he is not one for star vehicles. He expresses his great love for his native land in shows that tend to link flamenco with communal happiness and culture, rather than the down-and-dirty campsite. click for more
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