"The first step to being political in flamenco is being outside of what’s expected of you and breaking it."
Carmen Kobayashi, Student, Part 2
"If I have the chance and have the right connections, I’d like to be a bridge between Spain and Japan. For example, I’d like to bring people from Spain that I work with as a singer and bring groups to Japan. I want to help Japanese people learn more about flamenco."
Carmen Kobayashi, Student, Part 1
"Everyday is a fight with myself. I’m fighting my fears. Flamenco helps me."
Eduardo Rebollar, Guitarist/Instructor, Part 2
"The status of the artist has risen a lot, but the salaries are the same. Therefore, I think there’s a problem. It’s the worst time period ever to be an artist. The worst time! It’s the worst because whenever there are economic problems, they always pull resources from culture. "
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Eduardo Rebollar, Guitarist/Instructor, Part 1
"If you don’t have work, invent the work yourself."
Armando Mateos Fernández, Singer, Part 2
"I realized the only thing I knew how to do well was sing."
Reflexiones Sobre… Artistic Personality and Style
"Many people in flamenco are critical of younger artists because they lack artistic personality. Why is this and what can artists do to develop it?"
Ian Scionti, Guitarist
"This is an intellectual music. We’re talking about something that people spend years and years studying. There’s nothing natural about this."
Belén Maya, Dancer – Part 3
"I don’t want to be pretty. I don’t want to look pretty, and I don’t want to pretend that I’m pretty. I don’t want to move pretty or get a result from my pretty movement or my pretty look."
Reflexiones Sobre… Stereotypes and Misconceptions
"There have been many stereotypes surrounding flamenco for a long time. If you could kill off one of these stereotypes, which would it be? Which is the most destructive?"
Pedro Sierra, Guitarist / Composer / Producer, Part 1
“It’s fundamental that flamenco stays true to its roots. The moment that’s lost, it becomes a vulgar music.”
Alejandro Granados, Dancer, Part 2
"For me, Tina Turner is flamenco. The great Blues artists are flamenco. That term is given to things that seem authentic, that in some way or another approach what is basic and natural to the land and to life in general."
Reflexiones Sobre… The Audience and Performance Motivations
"When you’re performing on stage, do you play for yourself, your fellow musicians, the public, or something completely different?"
Pastora Galván, Dancer
"If you have to cry, you cry; if you have to laugh, you laugh; if you have to throw yourself on the floor, you throw yourself on the floor. It’s like a movie."
Diego Villegas, Instrumentalist, Part 2
"If you want to learn fast, it’s impossible. Playing flamenco and all that that implies is quite complicated. This can’t be learned in one month nor in two"
Reflexiones Sobre… Flamenco Technique
"Flamenco technique today is incredibly advanced and difficult. However, the point of art, at least from my point of view, is to have something to say and to communicate that effectively. Can you talk about the approach and attitude you have with respect to your technique? "
Manolo Sanlúcar, Guitarist / Composer
"I’m not trying to say that I’m an especially intelligent or special person, what I want to say is that the impulse to do and to know has always carried me forward. It’s moved me ahead of myself, not of anyone else, of myself."
Pedro Barragán, Guitarist, Part 2
"One can harm themselves by having a Peter Pan complex, by wanting to be a guitar student forever and by dedicating themselves to that exclusively. Life takes you other places."
Reflexiones Sobre… The Flamenco Community
"When you think about the flamenco community in general, what is the image you have in your head? What exactly is it to you? "
José De La Tomasa, Singer
"He who sings for the public is lost, because his head is not where it should be. I always try to revive my ancestors in my cante. I search for them. I remember them. I see their faces. "
Belén Maya, Dancer – Part 2
"I want it to be accessible to everybody because it’s a transformative art form. It changes your life completely. It changes the way you see yourself. It makes you believe in yourself. It makes you stronger."
Reflexiones Sobre… The Word Flamenco And What It Means To “Be” Flamenco
"What do you think about the word flamenco? What does it mean to you and how has it been abused or misunderstood?"
"People often use the word flamenco to help define their identity, so what does it mean to be flamenco?"