Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


World Renowned Guitarist Returns to New Zealand

World Renowned Guitarist Returns to New Zealand

Abstract Entertainment proudly present
PACO PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY: FLAMENCURA
Featuring the legendary Paco Peña.

One of the world’s foremost traditional flamenco guitarist’s Paco Peña returns to New Zealand shores with his sultry exploration of flamenco – The Cante, The Guitar and The Dance with Flamencura, playing the Bruce Mason Centre on the 15th and 16th of April.

Having played guitar since the age of 6 and becoming a household name in his native Spain as a highly regarded accompanist to Flamenco dance and singing, it was his move to London in the last 1960’s and becoming a soloist that lead him to the critically acclaimed career Peña has had.

His star-attraction performances in Covent Gardens led to so much interest among a British public previously uninitiated in Flamenco that he soon found himself sharing concerts with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 1967. It was not long before Peña was touring the world, both as a soloist and an accompanist with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He later founded the world's first university course on flamenco guitar, at the Rotterdam conservatory of music

Such has been Peña’s universal acclaim, composing revered works such as Misa Flamenca and Requiem for the Earth, The New York Times declared that: "Mr Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument". Readers of Americas Guitar magazine judged him as “Flamenco Guitarist of the Year” for five consecutive years, while in 1997 Peña was named Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil, then in 2012 the Gold Medal in the Arts; both awarded to him by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Flamencura looks at present day flamenco as well as the art-form in years past; a musical journey that aims to display the high level of development of modern flamenco and to highlight the razor sharp rhythmic complexity of its latest variations in dance, song and guitar. It also aims to glance back to the most primitive, pure forms of this captivating art and pay due respect to the legacy that tradition has left us; to observe the enormous inspiration that past eras of flamenco have given to today's artists and to show that the high levels of virtuosity achieved by today's dancers and guitarists is not unrelated to the cry "in extremis" of the lone singer of the past

Although the roots of flamenco are deeply imbedded in the soil and the culture of Andalucia, in Southern Spain, the art form nevertheless deals with emotional ingredients that are universal and timeless and therefore felt and understood by all human beings. Be it the lone voice of the flamenco singer or the sexuality and passion of the dancer or the unique texture of the guitar, this art form always has and continues to find mysterious paths into people’s sensitivities all over the world.

Flamencura demonstrates how the original, vehement emotions that prompted singers, dancers and guitarists of days gone by continue to nourish the art today and will remain the life-blood of flamenco – always.

FLAMENCURA plays
15th and 16th April, 8:00pm
Bruce Mason Centre, North Shore, Auckland
Tickets: $97.90 - $109.90 (service fees apply)
Bookings through Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 09 970 9700

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news