At our last NYFOS concert we presented a huge song cycle by composer Roberto Sierra. I was drawn to this music’s dark side, and its exploration of uneasy human emotion. Maybe that’s one reason I seem to be drawn to this marvelous music from Spain. Here is some flamenco as sung by Pepe Marchena. Most of us think of flamenco as a fiery dance, complete with rhythmic and percussive footwork. The heart of flamenco is singing. Notice how attentive his audience is. They clearly think this worth their reverence and full attention. And what a nuanced and beautiful vocal style. No note stands still.
Pepe Marchena sings Flamenco
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Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.