Flamenco harpist Ana Crismán recorded a special concert in Spain for the World Music Institute that is available for streaming on worldmusicinstitute.org (ovationtix.com) from Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7pm. $10
Ticket holders will receive a link to the performance once streaming begins. It provides unlimited viewing for 72 hours from your first access.
The first thing you’ll feel watching this concert is how much we miss live music. But more than anything, flamenco is about human connection, and watching Ana Crismán connect with the other artists on stage is surprisingly comforting. That connection is what we’ve all been missing this past year during the pandemic. It’s luscious. Play that again, please.
The second thing you’ll notice about this concert is how soothing Crismán’s playing is. The harp is not a traditional flamenco instrument, but she makes it one.
In this concert, Crismán plays an incredible diversity of styles including: tarantas, rondeñas, seguiriyas, granaínas, soleá, bulerías, alegrías, guajiras, tientos tangos, and fandangos.
These are some of the many moods of flamenco that Crismán plays with her harp’s angelic voices.
Crismán is from Jerez, Andalucía, Spain. It’s a small city between the colonial port of Cadíz and the Andalucían capital, Seville.
She has a degree in piano from the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla of Cádiz and graduated in History and Science of Music at the University of Granada.
After long studies of the flamenco arts, the pianist and music teacher began creating her own flamenco on the harp in 2016. To adapt the many flamenco palos (forms) to the instrument, Crismán had to develop her own technique. The result is nothing less than ethereal.
Today, Ana Crismán has grown into one of the world’s preeminent flamenco harpists. Once you know her music, you’ll want to listen to it again and again.