Flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández and guitarist Richard Marlow at the National Gallery of Art East Building auditorium. November 27, 2011
It's 11-something am on Monday as I type these words. I'm on the quiet second floor of the Starbucks in Georgetown on M St—my new favorite place to "work." Incidentally this is the first blog that I'm publishing via my new iPad which I'm loving so far, although I'm going to have to get a wireless keyboard cuz typing on a tablet screen for hours can get tiring.
Anywayz, yesterday I attended a performance at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) by flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández and guitarist Richard Marlow as part of an event organized by the PostClassical Ensemble titled Seeking Spain which also featured "rarely-screened films exploring the spirit of Spain."
Local flamenco dance students and friends getting the party started at Las Tapas. November 21, 2011 (photo by Elena la Morena)
It's 9-something am on Tuesday as I type these words. Kind of unusual for me to be up this early—you know me. It's not that I'm a late-night party person, cuz I'm not. I'm just more of a night person in that I'm more creative/productive after the sun goes down. But here I am awake at this hour...might as well crank out a blog. Huge thank you to Elena la Morena for providing me with the photos you see in this blog post.
So last night we inaugurated the first Sevillanas/Flamenco party at Las Tapas. Don't get me wrong. There have been numerous impromptu flamenco parties here over the years, but this was the first time we had an organized party in the sense that we reserved the "cave" (as party host/organizer Miles Hamby likes to call it), hired a professional flamenco guitarist, made flyers, posters and promoted it Facebook, Twitter etc.
I overheard some people calling it a revival of the Sala Rociera parties from years ago. In a way it was. It was in the same spirit: a flamenco ambiente that was friendly to student-level dancers and musicians.