When I bought the tickets for last night’s Flamenco show, I thought Elizabeth and I would be returning back to Granada, Spain. Because that’s where we experienced two unforgettable Flamenco shows in early June (see A TERRIFIC FLAMENCO SHOW IN A GYPSY CAVE, June 2, 2017 – http://wp.me/p3R16m-3Mh).
The Granada Gypsy performers gave it all to song and dance till there was nothing more left to give. They left their hearts and sweat on the stage. They poured their passions this unique art form – Flamenco – born out of love for and under the Andalusian sky.
“Just don’t expect any Sangria this time,” I said to Elizabeth as we got ready to go to the Flamenco show at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center, our first concert of the 2017/2018 season.
Back in Granada, Sangria flowed liberally over the lips of the audience before, during and, in some case, after the show.
I was right. No Sangria last night. But not only was there no Sangria being served literally, last night’s Flamenco was more like a watered-down version of a Cranberry juice, figuratively.
Here’s a video clip from one of their numbers…
We left at half time. Once you’ve tasted the real McCoy in Andalusia, it is difficult to enjoy this hybrid production of Latin American, Mexican and Spanish music and dance which this group from Santa Fe, NM, who call themselves Inspiracion Flamenca, put on last night.
Here’s, for example, a video clip of another of their numbers. You will hear in the background Elizabeth whispering to me her English translation of the Spanish lyrics. And you will also hear me remark to her toward the end of the clip that this sounded to me like South American music, not Flamenco.
“INSPIRACION FLAMENCA” SHOW at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center – Aug 18, 2017 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic
By the way, the musicians were good, as you can see and hear yourself from the above video. So this is not a criticism of the quality of their playing. It just was not real Flamenco music and dance.
SCOTTSDALE CIVIC CENTER SUNSET
We arrived at the Scottsdale Civic Center just as the sun was setting. So here are a couple of shots we took before the performance.
UPDATE FEB 7, 2018
THE SWAN – by Camille Saint-Saens
On Wednesday night, while Elizabeth attended one of her church group meetings, I went to a Camille Saint-Saens evening concert at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. The concert was kind of weird and not worth much of a comment, except for this piece – The Swan – part of Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals suite. I embellished it a little in this video clip with scenes from a Chinese acrobatic ballet group performance.