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Flamenco: Since Childhood
As a child I was already grasped by the power, dynamics, virtuosity, and sensitivity of flamenco. I studied at the conservatory and took classes in Spain, where I learned to master flamenco. I gave up my classical guitar career to dedicate myself entirely to flamenco music.
Flamenco: Passion, Improvisation, and Pulse
I find flamenco to be a social art. I am drawn to flamenco because of the improvisation involved and the interaction between the musicians and the dance. As I compose my own music I can inject my creativity into flamenco.
Flamenco is also versatile, as it consists of a vast number of styles in which almost all imaginable emotions and characters can be expressed. Flamenco’s versatility is in full display when viewed in its most complete arrangement: the combination of music, dance, and chanted poetry. I find flamenco challenging too because the flamenco guitar demands a lot of hours of practice as well as knowledge of chant and dance.
But it is mostly flamenco’s pulse and the stong, explosive, and melancholical character of its music that suits me.
Flamenco: Tradition and Avant-Garde
Flamenco arose in the 19th century in a small area in the south of Spain, but is rooted in much older musical styles/genres from various geographical areas and cultures. I find it exciting to be part of a quickly developing international professional musical art form.
It is remarkable how in the last few decades flamenco dancing, singing, and playing has been spreading around the world. Flamenco is making new alliances and has absorbed numerous new influences such as modern dance, jazz music, and new instruments.
Flamenco has broadened its horizons, has gotten more technical, and is now also taught in conservatories. This international musical style is in a sense a different ‘flamenco’ than the raw flamenco now referred to as traditional, which is still being played. I am part of the new flamenco.
Flamenco and My Own Music
I do not represent a certain tradition. I strive to incorporate my personal musical background into the music I compose. I want to play a part in giving flamenco a permanent place in Dutch musical society.
I want to share with people my music, pleasure, and passion.