Introduction

Welcome to Palabras Flamencas (Flamenco Words), a new website dedicated to the art of flamenco and individuals who engage in it. Here you’ll find a collection of interviews with Spanish flamenco artists and members of the international flamenco community, including renowned artists, young professionals, students, and academics. The site presents excerpts of conversations addressing a wide variety of topics impacting flamenco today, including education, talent development, professional work, identity, and culture. Click the Follow button in the footer below to get email updates.

The goals of the site are numerous, including personal learning, general information sharing, and paying tribute to those who engage in this growing international art form. A personal, subjective collage, seen through the eyes and perspectives of individual people is emerging piece by piece as the site grows and develops. Responses to the interview questions were not prepared in advance. Therefore, the posts are conversational in character. Like many conversations, they don’t always take most direct route to an answer or point of view. I hope you enjoy these moments and allow your mind to wander as well.

The site is a work-in-progress and more features are planned for the future. New posts will be published approximately every two to four weeks. Most interviews will be published as a series over the course of several posts and additional photo, audio, and video media will be added over time. Currently the site is only available in English, but a Spanish version will also be created. Supplemental interviews from non-flamenco musicians will provide contrast and explore flamenco from the outside in.

Palabras Flamencas was initiated by study/research work for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the flagship international exchange program of the United States, and received additional support from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. A special thank you to the Spanish Fulbright Commission, the Fundación Cristina Heeren, and especially to the featured artists for making the project come to life. Thank you for your time, patience, trust, and insight. Thank you for your words and especially for your art.

Sincerely,

Gustavo Alonso López

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