FLAMENCO VIENE DEL SUR 2007. ARCÁNGEL
Carlos Sánchez. Seville, April 17th, 2007
Flamenco Viene del Sur 2007.
Brief and varied
Arcángel. Guitar: Miguel Ángel
Cortés, Daniel Méndez. Percussion: Chico
Fargas, Rubén Vargas. Choruses: Antonio and Lolo.
Flamenco Viene del Sur 2007. Teatro Central. Seville,
April 17th, 2007. 9 p.m.
The Teatro Central was jam-packed to
welcome cantaor Arcángel.
Many were anxiously expecting the presentation of his
latest album, ‘Ropavieja’.
But that’s not the way it was, since the Huelva-born
artist just performed certain bits off his new album which
were blended into the usual repertoire he’s been
doing for quite some time now. And the thing is that unfortunately
the market laws rule here. So you’ll have to wait
for another occasion to see that latest work, which according
to the star himself “is intended for the live show”.
He presented the novelties in his group, since he’s
included a percussionist, Rubén Vargas and two
young chorus singers from his native land, Antonio and
Lolo - who became qualified in the always complicated
Sevillian venue -. And the thing is that the evening in
the capital of Seville was oozing with art all over. There
were many bullfight fans who after the fight at the La
Maestranza Bullring, went to the fourth venue in Seville
to enjoy the jondo. Bulls and flamenco, two cultures tremendously
Introduction. Everyone with today’s
attire. In jeans and black shirts. Contemporary style.
Just like Arcángel’s cante, fresh and musicalized,
with reminiscences of the past. The Huelva-born artist
starts off towards the fickle, then straightening out
the melodic arch. His voice warms up in the tangos to
go on to release it and test it in the caña. Prologue
to a journey towards the East. Seconded with the sublime
guitars of Miguel
Ángel Cortés and Daniel
Méndez. The former accompanied the Huelva-born
artist through mine fields and por soleá, sketching
out the sense of the falsetas. Meanwhile Arcángel
uses his register and delves into the seguiriya with Daniel
Méndez’s musicality. Not in vain has this
seguiriya earned the young guitarist from Morón
de la Frontera the recognition of specialized critics,
and of artists like Paco de Lucía, who has called
him up to take part in his upcoming tour. A real prize
for a guitarist who is shaping up by leaps and bounds.
The symbiosis reaches harmony between
the cante and the guitar. The empathy between the guitars
is obvious. And the performance knocks things up a notch.
Till it reaches time for the bulerías. Antepenultimate
cante. Since the aces of the repertoire would come at
the end. Por alegrías and fandangos, with a vibrant,
resolute Arcángel, distinguishing his qualities
with the consistency which has boosted him to the top
of today’s cante. With discourse which was moderate,
alive, complaisant and distinguishing. The crowd got on
their feet to bid him farewell. Seville smells like a
Viene del Sur 2007. Brief and varied
C.S. Seville, April 17th, 2007
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)
Cante has been the great
star of a new edition of the Flamenco Viene
del Sur Series at Seville’s Teatro
Central. Cantaor José
Mercé was in charge of kicking
things off back in the month of January.
Since then baile, toque and cante have been
done up over nine days of performances which
concluded on the night of April 17th with
the show by Huelva-born cantaor Arcángel.
Appearing at the always respectful Teatro
Central were artists of the likes of Antonio
Canales, El Pele, Pepa Montes, Gerardo Núñez
and Pitingo, among others. Mercé
came to sing straight flamenco. Canales
passed fleetingly, giving a greater role
to the bailaores who accompanied him. Rancapino,
May Fernández and El Junco showed
the yesterday and today of Cádiz’s
flamenco. It’s always a pleasure to
see the lead bailaor of the Andalusia Flamenco
Ballet emancipated. Seville and Jerez came
together with the cante of Juan José
Amador – who gave up accompanying
baile - and Enrique Soto, and the intense
guitar of Paco Cepero. Pitingo expressed
a flamenco blended with soul, a different
dialogue which caused split opinions. The
‘retrospective’ was provided
by Gerardo Núñez, who delighted
with his guitar, but suffered in the staging.
Pepa Montes had to contend with the tribute
to Chano Lobato – which coincided
with the date and the time in the same city
-. Córdoba was present with a unique
Eduardo Serrano, and interesting Paco Serrano
and a praiseworthy Pele. Arcángel
sealed the season.