ArteBar and Wrap-up
This my final post about my April 2012 in Spain and the musical highlights. All in all—it was una marcha alucinante!
ARTEBAR is a wonderful place, in the La Latina barrio, on calle San Bruno, Madrid. My friend, Anya, is one of the owners and she has a strong commitment to flamenco. She dances and sings and keeps it always happenin’ at the club. They have peñas of cante flamenco on Sunday and Monday evenings. FLAMENCO INTIMO performs there on most Thursdays and Fridays. David Serva is the centerpiece of the group, a guitarist of renown and still keeping it real every time he picks up the instrument. They do a cuadro show with 2-3 dancers (Anya and Clara Mora and often a guest) and KeiOko singing which is really enjoyable.
David Serva is also the protaganist in the recent film: GYPSY DAVY, which was shown at the 2012 Sundance Festival and is recommended viewing, in my opinion. His daughter, Rachel Leah Jones, directed the documentary and there is some very very good footage, such as the Moron de la Frontera sequence at the film’s end.
Next bit of excitement on my agenda is the Chicago Flamenco Festival, June 11th through the 24th, 2012. I’m happy to be a guest guitarist this year and to be working with some very good artists, indeed. Google the Ensemble Español, Chicago for complete information. In any event, it is full spring-time and I am happy about it!