Bárbara Martínez News
ALBA Musik, the Albert Alabedra and Bárbara Martínez duo, performs Brazilian bossa nova and Spanish flamenco; in the City Vineyard at City Winery in Chelsea, NYC; on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 6pm. $25. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇪🇸🇻🇪
Bárbara Martínez joins the New Andalucia Ensemble for Spanish flamenco at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in Longwood, The Bronx; on April 22, 2023 at 3pm. 🇪🇸🇦🇷🇻🇪
Bárbara Martínez joins Danza España Flamenco Co for Spanish flamenco at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens; weekends from May 4-21, 2023. 🇪🇸🇦🇷🇻🇪
Bárbara Martínez is New York Flamenco
Bárbara comes from a family of artists including Argentine tango singers/actresses Morenita Rey and Libertad Lamarque, Venezuelan sculptor Rafael Martínez and art historian Amelia Arenas.
It seems like Bárbara can sing everything well. Speaking both Spanish and Portuguese well is hard. Both are similar, but both are different.
We’ve known Bárbara for a long time, and are a bit awed at how her artistry keeps growing.
Flamenco is American Too
Being an American, Martínez understands rumba flamenca in her bones.
“Pure” Spanish flamenco is already a blend of Romani, Muslim, Jewish, African and Spanish influences. The Spanish colonizers brought the Spanish canción with them from their home port of Cádiz in Andalucía, Spain. It wasn’t flamenco yet, but was one of the roots.
The Spanish treasure galleons brought the sounds and rhythms of Havana, Cuba back to Spain. This is rumba flamenca. These are the cantes de ida y vuelta (roundtrip songs).
This is Bárbara’s world. She blends South American, Middle Eastern and Sephardic music with jazz. She even sings bossa nova in Brazilian Portuguese.
This is who we are as New Yorkers. We use the old labels Venezuelan, Argentine, Spanish, whatever; but once you live in New York City, you are not really that any more. You are a New Yorker. Bárbara Martínez is an embodiment of New York City. She blends traditions in a really beautiful way.
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