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Sunday, March 18 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oy Vay! Ole!: Jewish Traces in Flamenco

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Flamenco, a rich, layered music and dance form, draws its haunting melodies, deep song, and intricate dance style from the struggles of the Gitano (Romani) people of Southern Spain. Yet similar to the history of jazz here in New Orleans, Flamenco's richness was born through the unique intercultural exchanges of the peoples of Andalusia who lived alongside the Gypsies and shared in the sorrows of marginalization and persecution at thehands of the Spanish Empire. A Jewish influence in Flamenco is widely accepted, but its precise traces in the music are uncertain because of the expulsion of1492 and the mysteries of the lives and traditions of the Conversos. Thus a discussion of Flamenco's connections to Jewish life is the stuff of both academic debate and artistic legend. Complementing this exploration will be a demonstration of the specific palos (song styles) with Jewish origins, connecting us to an ancient Jewish past that, while silenced by political repression, has lived on through music and dance.

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Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is an accomplished flamenco guitarist.
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Joseph Darensbourg

Joseph Darensbourg is an accomplished singer and musician based out of his native New Orleans.  A multigenerational New Orleanian, Joseph sings low tenor and performs Classical Arabic, Turkish, Bulgarian, Sephardic, and Flamenco music and, true to his roots, Louisiana Creole.  Joseph... Read More →
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Daniella Santoro

Daniella Santoro is a student, dancer, and devotee of the art of Flamenco dance, song, and cultural history. For the past seven years, she has performed flamenco in various locations in New Orleans with the locally based company, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca. Her training in flamenco... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Mintz Auditorium, JCC