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Concert Programme of Flamenco Guitar Music with Dance and Castanets

Tomás and María: Together

Tomás and María: Together

Tomás Jiménez gives solo flamenco guitar recitals and concerts with flamenco dancers and castanet players for:

  • Guitar Societies
  • Music societies
  • Music Festivals
  • Public Concert Halls and Theatres

By visiting the YouTube page tomasjimenezguitar you can watch Tomás Jiménez play solo and perform live with flamenco dancer and castanet player María José García.

Fees vary greatly depending upon how many guitarists and dancers are required and of course are negotiated in accordance with the budget available to each organisation.

A flamenco concert should be enjoyable and should have enough substance to be interesting.

Virtuosity when used appropriately enhances the music and the whole programme should provide a vast array of feelings, of emotions, with a variety of keys and rhythms, with slow and fast paces with loud and soft.

Tomas Jiménez plays music which is understandable, meaningful and enjoyable.

His music is never too simple, never just a catchy tune, yet it is never complex in a pretentious way that would make it inaccessible.

The pieces have a degree of the unexpected within their organisation and consummate velocity and virtuosity when that is purposeful but without resort to gratuitous displays of technique.

The music of Tomás Jiménez is flamenco: absolutely and unmistakably Spanish flamenco from Andalucía.

Concerts are usually in the evening and of two hour duration with a twenty minute interval but a lunchtime recital is also offered when the duration can be the same as the evening performance or shorter in accordance with the requirements of the concert organisers.

One or two chairs are needed. Except for very large auditoriums no amplification is required. The natural sound is always best.

Flamenco Concert Programme

Tomás: a concert flamenco guitar soloist

Tomás Jiménez plays the finest concert virtuoso works by the established flamenco maestros such as Paco Peña, Ramón Montoya, Niño Ricardo or Sabicas in addition to his own arrangements of traditional flamenco forms.

The following are simply a few examples of pieces that can be included in a programme and the intention here is to give an idea of the programme content to the concert promoter or organiser. Naturally a CD can be sent in the post upon request.

Granaína
“You cry like a woman that which you failed to defend like a man”. Thus spoke his mother to Boabdil, the last Califa of Granada, as the Moors were expelled from Spain by La Reconquista (the Catholic reconquest) but the most touching, emotional music such as this Granaína remains as a reminder of the astonishing beauty of Granada and of the Alhambra.

Colombiana
This delightful and gentle piece comes as its name shows from Colombia in South America. There is an expression in Spanish “A nadie le amarga un dulce” which could be translated as ‘No one is embittered by a sweet’. So here is a little sweet from Colombia.

Petenera
The Petenera originates with the Sephardic Jews in Andalucía and the legend is that to perform this piece in public brings bad luck, but the beauty of the music greatly outweighs any such concerns.

Zapateado en Re
Flamenco guitarists will always have a special affection for Sabicas, the nickname of the little kid who liked to eat broad beans (habas- habicas-sabicas). The kid became known as one of the greatest flamenco guitarists of all time and his compositions are rarely heard due simply to the fact that they are so difficult to play. In this piece Sabicas has began with his usual catchy melodies, brightness and velocity to give way to a section of the most delicate touching bell-like sounds created in part by the use of harmonics which Sabicas incorporated into the flamenco repertoire.

Zambra Mora
This is the strongest evidence of the Moorish legacy in flamenco and the piece contains very distinct Arabic harmonies and melodies together with certain percussive effects.

Mantilla de Feria
Esteban de Sanlucar left Spain for Argentina shortly after the Second World War and sadly was never well known in Europe. His work is magnificent and the equal of the other great guitarists of his generation, indeed few surpass his music nowadays. This delightful composition is played with the sixth string lowered to D and the fifth string lowered to G and the feeling is rather end-of-century (19th) Spain.

Alegrías de Cádiz
Why do female flamenco dancers traditionally wear corkscrew-like earrings or their hair in twirls at the side of their ears? The clue is in this song from Cádiz which developed during the Napoleonic wars.

Tirabuzones prima, tirabuzones
hacen las gaditanas
de las bombas
que tiran los fanfarrones

Corkscrews, my cousin, corkscrews
make the girls of Cádiz
from the bombs
thrown by the show-offs

The piece is fast and exciting and is magnificent not only as a dance or a song but as a solo composition too.

Rondeña
Flamenco does not get any more serious than this. This master work was composed by Ramón Montoya in the 1930’s and he is credited with making the flamenco guitar a solo instrument not just for strumming to accompany the dance and singing. The sixth string is lowered from E to D and the third string is lowered from G to F # (sharp), it is played in free time and requires maturity in the understanding of the statements and the ability to never rush the piece.

Bulerías
Bulerías can be played as a light hearted piece but it can also have very clear elements of passion and excitement.

Guajira
The Guajira is originally from Cuba. It is light hearted but at the same time is virtuoso and builds to a strong climax.

Mantilla y Peine
Paco Peña has recreated the Cuban Guajira by changing key from the usual A major to D major with the sixth string of the guitar lowered from E to D. The result is a composition of superb good taste and yet astonishing virtuosity from maestro Paco Peña.

Farruca
A sorrowful lament brought from Galicia by those people who travelled to Andalucía where the piece developed into a strong passionate flamenco form with an underlying feeling of sorrow.

Alegrías de Córdoba
The Alegrías when developed in Córdoba becomes beautiful and sensitive yet with a strong rhythm and pulse and this arrangement is based upon the composition of Paco Peña called Plaza del Potro which is the name of the little square in Córdoba where Paco spent his childhood.

Sevillanas
This massively popular style is especially danced in Sevilla in the Feria de Abril or April Fair. It makes a wonderful guitar solo or duet with castanets.

Repiqueteos Flamencos
A rather fast showy piece by the great guitarist Mario Escudero who was especially famous in the 1940’s proving that virtuoso compositions for flamenco guitar are nothing new.

Panaderos Flamencos

Panaderos means bakers and the piece develops around a sweet melody which is often played very fast although it does not have to be. Regardless of the pace it is a lovely piece that reminds us of traditional life in the villages of Spain.

Listen

Soleares

Bulerias

Granaina

Colombiana

Rondena

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