Tango in Argentina

obama_tango_thumbPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tangoed with professional dancers during a state dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires in March of 2016.

The event started with a dance performance for the guests at the dinner. The female dancer then asked Obama to the floor, while the male performer requested the same of Michelle. View the video here.

Actividades:

  1. Do you think that dancing tango is difficult? Why?
  2. What is your favorite dance? Explain.
  3. What is the typical dance in your home country? Describe the dance and music.

Skateboarding meets flamenco: Chapter 1

skate_thumbThe most important cities for flamenco are Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, and Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain. All of them are really good for skating, too (good weather, interesting buildings, etc.), so the Red Bull company decided to take advantage of this synchronicity to organize a skate tour of Spain with some skaters that understand both worlds. Finding skaters that can sing, play, or dance flamenco and also rip on a skateboard is not easy. But Red Bull managed to assemble three of them for this trip to the cradle of flamenco culture.

Watch the video

Actividades:

  1. View the video and choose one of the three cities showcased. Why was that city chosen for the tour?
  2. After watching the video, which city would you prefer to visit? Why?
  3. Flamenco is the traditional music in southern Spain. Research a traditional music style from your country, region, or state, and report about its history, background, and influences. How is it similar or different from flamenco?

Flamenco-Infused Jazz in New York City

theFlame_thumb“The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz” is the only series of concerts in the United States showcasing the work of musicians whose artistic vision latches onto the roots of Flamenco.

The 2015 series of concerts will start on January 31st and showcase the music of three amazing artists: Rebeca Vallejo, Andreas Arnold, and the quartet InFlame, which brings together the language of Flamenco together with its most immediate influence: classical Indian music. The concerts are produced by World Music Boutique Productions in collaboration with The Cornelia St. Café and Spain Culture NY (Consulate General of Spain in New York). All concerts will take place from 6:00-7:30 PM in the lower level of Cornelia St. Cafe (29 Cornelia St, Greenwich Village, New York. 212-989-9319).

Read the article

Watch the video

Actividades:

  1. Name the dates and performers of the concert series: “The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz.”
  2. Which of the three concerts would you like to attend? Why?
  3. Watch the music video and describe the music. Do you like it? Why or why not?

American sabor: The influence of Latino music in the U.S.

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Latino musicians have had a great influence on traditional genres of music in the United States, including jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and hip-hop. “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos and the influence of Latin music such as salsa, mambo, rumba, and cha-cha-cha. The exhibition will travel to 13 cities through 2015.

Read the article

Listen to the audio and play with different genres of Latin music in the Music Mixer

Watch the video of interviews with musicians

Actividades:

  1. Play with the Music Mixer. What are the main similarities and differences with U.S. music?
  2. Choose one of the musicians interviewed. Watch the interview and write about him/her.
  3. What is your favorite type of music? Why do you like it?

Muere Paco de Lucía, mago de la guitarra flamenca, a los 66 años de edad

paco_de_luciaEl intérprete flamenco ha muerto en México a los 66 años. De Lucía se encontraba jugando con sus nietos en una playa en Tulum, donde poseía una casa, cuando se ha sentido súbitamente indispuesto, según un amigo íntimo del músico, Victoriano Mera.

El artista ha muerto de camino al hospital. Las primeras conjeturas apuntan a que el guitarrista, galardonado con el Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes en 2004, guía del arte jondo al frente de su sexteto de trazas jazzísticas, y siempre recordado por su asociación en el Olimpo del flamenco con Camarón durante los años 60 y 70, ha fallecido a causa de un infarto.

Lee el artículo

Mira el video de Paco de Lucía.

Ve la fotogalería de Paco de Lucía.

Actividades:

  1. Paco de Lucía nació en Algeciras (Cádiz, España), pero vivió en diversos lugares. ¿En cuáles?
  2. Paco de Lucía será siempre recordado por mezclar el flamenco con el jazz. ¿Con qué otros géneros mezcló la música flamenca de su guitarra?
  3. Mira el videoreportaje sobre Paco de Lucía y cita alguna de sus interpretaciones más conocidas. Después, escúchalas. ¿Cuál de sus canciones te gustan más? ¿Por qué?