Yes, it’s that time of year when all us flamencas start making our wish list for Santa. Here is this year’s list. I bet you’ll agree with most of it.
SHOES, SHOES, SHOES
Big shock there, right? Since a good pair of professional shoes costs around $250, we need all the help we can get in funding them! The hardest part about buying flamenco shoes is the fit. I’ve bought many pairs online from Spain only to find that they don’t fit. But now with Flamenco West in Playa del Rey (Los Angeles) I can go and try on as many Senovilla shoes as I can! Plus the fabrics are out of this world- think leopard, brocade, nubuck. If you’re not in the SoCal area, you can still call John to order or go online.
Do you have a very standard shoe size that’s predictable? Then try ordering online from Spain. The selections are endless. One new store that has a collection of different brands is Flamencoymas.com. I’ve tried Gallardo, Begoña Cervera, Arte FyL and Senovilla and I like them all….. if they fit!
“The Art of Flamenco” is an English-language classic. I remember looking through it and being captivated by all the beautiful historical pictures years before I even took my first flamenco class! Originally published in 1962, D.E. Pohren was an American who fell in love with flamenco and spent his life devoted to it. The book explains the history, art and culture of the purist form of flamenco as well as explaining all the various styles and rhythms.
Ruven Afanador’s latest book, “Angel Gitano: The Men of Flamenco,” is a coffee table book full of, well, men! Flamenco men. The pictures are all black and white of some of Spain’s greatest flamenco luminaries. Some of the pictures are exaggerated caricatures, while others are rather erotic. Ruven also has a book called “Mil Besos: 1,000 Kisses,” filled with artistic and exaggerated pictures of flamenco women, such as Eva la Yerbabuena, Maria de Mar Moreno and La Farruca.
These are titles that I’m listening to right now. I especially love listening to them in class while warming up.
Diego El Cigala- Romance de la Luna. El Cigala is a gypsy singer that has been singing through the Latin American songbook for the last decade. This current release covers many Argentinian classics as well as some fusion. As usual, his voice is hypnotic.
Rosario la Tremendita- Fatum. La Tremendita’s most recent album is a romp through contemporary flamenco with a little bit of cante jondo and a lot of festive party music with fun instrumentation.
Miguel Poveda- ArteSano. What can I say? I love everything about Miguel Poveda. His voice, his range, his versatility. This album is no different with a wide range of palos from Mineras to Bulerias.
Rafael Jimenez, El Falo- El Cante en Movimiento. This album is wide reaching in that he can sing the sweetest Guajira using to the most haunting Malagueña with a cello. My absolute favorite.
All titles are available on iTunes.
It’s hard to buy the flamenca in your life anything regarding clothing because of personal styles. But every dancer needs a little mantoncillo (little shawl, in every color and every style! Basic shawls are nice as well as the more fringe heavy styles. These are from E-molina.com.
Still can’t decide? Then take us to the next flamenco show, build us a practice floor, or buy us a plane ticket to go to the next flamenco festival!
Gracias and happy everything to you!