The Instituto Cervantes & Collected Works Present: Music of the Oppressed: Flamenco in Historical Context

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

This five-week course is designed to be informative, interactive and illustrative of the flamenco culture, to broaden its scope beyond identification with the dance. The sixth Sunday(November 26th) is a concert, which is free to all attendees who come for the whole course. Otherwise it is $20 per person. 

Fernando Barros is a published author, historian, composer and singer. His exhaustive research in both Spain and the U.S. has led to correcting and illuminating many assumptions about the genre. For instance, it is a relatively new art and music form emerging only in the mid-1800's. It arose out of the patrimony of oppressed cultures in Africa as well as those of the Jews, Arabs and gypsies. Its lineage can be found even further back when the three cultures of Sephardim, Arabs and Christians lived in peace in Cordova in the 1000's.

The series will illuminate the impact of slavery in relation to preservation of culture and from the Romantic Period, which arose from travelers who "discovered" the unique sound and rhythms of flamenco emanating from the gypsies. Finally, Fernando will reveal the promise of music as it builds bridges cultural  to the future. 

He is an invited member of UNESCO's CID group, whose goal is to preserve dance forms from around the world. Additionally, Fernando is an innovator whose compositions reveal the "melody" that is inherent in Spanish literature and poetry. His compositions and performances have uniquely  encompassed the connections between Cervantes and Shakespeare, as well as between Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen.