39th JEREZ BULERÍA FESTIVAL 2006
All roads lead to the
Susana Domínguez. Jerez, September
One more year – and they’re going on
thirty-nine now - Jerez celebrates the arrival of September,
the month of the harvest, with the Bulería Festival.
The city of wine filled its night with bulería-flavored
cante. But with one twist: it changed the stage from the bullring
to the modern Estadio Chapín. And it nearly filled
up the five thousand seats for the event with an expert crowd
that felt like partying it up. Cantaores with so much personality
de Jerez and Diego el Cigala were the stars on a night
drunk on jondura.
La Macanita (Photo: Victoria
This year’s edition, dedicated to Jerez-born poet Antonio
Gallardo, was opened with his verses and a commemoration of
great flamenco artists from the area. The Méndez family
was in charge of kicking things off. And they did so with
one of their greatest assets: Jesús
Méndez. Por fandangos, he got across to the crowd
his affection and respect for his aunt, La Paquera de Jerez.
The applause was unanimous and continuous. Following the one-hundred-percent
Jerez-style prelude, La
Susi was the one in charge of keeping the flame alive.
The cantaora from Alicante, seconded on toque by Pedro Sierra,
brought out her most flamenco temperament por soleá,
quoting the cantes of the recently-deceased Fernanda de Utrera.
Continuing, of course, por bulerías, she managed to
rub off on the crowd with her special voice and the clapping
marked the beat for her throughout the entire performance.
Seguiriyas as a prologue. Bulerías as an epilogue.
Fernando Terremoto knew exactly how to handle his tremendous
voice at the event in Jerez, not neglecting to go por malagueñas
and fandangos with his trademark. A sign that he enjoyed it
was the grand finale he offered to his audience, breaking
out in a flamenco-style dance which was accompanied by cheers
from the crowd and an impressive compás of clapping
Diego el Cigala and Diego del
Morao (Photo: Victoria Dia)
Following the break it was now time for Diego
el Cigala, one of the most international artists on today’s
flamenco scene and one of the ones most longed-for by the
Jerez audience. And more so coming as he did, accompanied
on guitar by Diego del Morao. Martinetes seasoned with guitar
and box drum began the performance. Soleá, tangos,
fandangos, bulerías... And the crowd bent over backwards
for the cantaor, who hadn’t been heard in Jerez for
seven years. And it was time for the baile with Joaquín
Grilo. The Jerez-born bailaor performed tangos, soleares
and alegrías more than reliably, backed by a group
from which, among others, Carmen Grilo, David Lagos and José
Manuel León stood out.
And from Jerez to Jerez. La Macanita also came out to bewitch.
She first warmed up with cantes like the soleá, before
reaching full bloom por bulerías, which she turned
into a celebration of cante and baile. Then at nearly four
o’clock in the morning, the great victor of the night
came out on stage: Capullo
de Jerez. Accompanied on guitar by Niño Jero, he
performed cantes por soleá, tangos and bulerías,
improvising with lyrics of his own, as usual. Completely devoted
to his people, he put the cherry on top of his performance
and the 39th Bulería Festival, which irremediably called
for a grand finale.
Grand finale por bulerías
(Photo: Victoria Dia)