The Bárbara Martínez & ALBA Musik Fundraiser for DAWN, is a New York celebration of Sevilla’s Feria de Abril, in the Lower East Side.
La Feria de Abril is the spring festival in Sevilla, Spain, the flamenco heartland. New York Venezuelan Bárbara Martínez is one of The City’s busiest flamenco singers and dancers. ALBA Musik is her duo with New York Spanish guitarist Albert Alabedra.
Bárbara Martínez & ALBA Musik Fundraiser for DAWN
The Bárbara Martínez & ALBA Musik fundraiser for their new album DAWN, is a celebration of Sevilla’s Feria de Abril; at ATD Fourth World Movement in the Lower East Side; on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7:30pm. Complementary tapas, BYOB. $20. barbaramartinez.com 🇦🇷 🇻🇪 🇪🇸
DAWN is their new album coming in June, 2023. ALBA , a combination of Albert and Bárbara, means sunrise in Spanish.
Flamenco is a Spanish blend of many traditions that keeps evolving. Albert and Bárbara bring their own heritage into the rumba flamenca, the form that brings Caribbean traditions into traditional flamenco.
Albert Alabedra is from Barcelona, but his family is from Córdoba and Sevilla in Andalucía. He grew up with the rumba catalana which is a perfect complement to Bárbara’s background. albertalabedra.com
Bárbara Martínez is a New Yorker with a Venezuelan and Argentine heritage that includes some very famous artists and actresses.
These two and the flamenco all flow together naturally.
Many Americans don’t realize that Andalucía, Spain is just nine miles from Mother Africa. Flamenco and its culture has African influences too.
One of the things that struck us about this album is its lineup which includes some great musicians from New York and the African Diaspora. We love that there is kora and talking drum on this album. And the drummer is Australian Turkish.
There are so many influences here. This is true New York flamenco.
- Bárbara Martínez: vocals and palmas
- Albert Alabedra: guitar and background vocals
- Bob DiGiacomo: fretless bass
- Tim Ries: saxophone
- Joselín Vargas: percussion, palmas, electric guitars and keyboards
- Engin Günaydin: drums and percussion
- Gonzalo Grau: piano
- Ernesto Llorens: violin
- Juan Pedro Jiménez: background vocals
- Yacouba Sissoko: kora
- Baba Moussa: talking drum
- Arturo Soriano: flute and saxophones
- Maria Toro: flute
The ALBA album was mixed and produced in Harlem by Bob DiGiacomo and mastered in Sacramento, California by legend Robert Honablue (Santana, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand.)
The album cover designer is German Perez, a Dominican New Yorker who designed the 2012 Latin Grammy logo.
Albert and Bárbara both work a lot in New York. They aren’t particularly famous, but maybe they should be. ¡Olé!
Check them out at albamusik.com