By Viator, November 2013
Flamenco music is classified into “palos”, based on rhythm, chord, stanza and origin. The most serious style is “cante jondo”; more frivolous “cante chico” are light and humorous; while “cante intermedio” is anything else. The Duende (demon) in Flamenco symbolises emotional empathy and deep communication between musicians, dancers and audience. Improvisation key, with each artist individually interpreting the rhythm and communicating the beat to the other players. An informal spontaneous gathering (juerga) includes dancing, singing and palmas (hand clapping). Organic and dynamic, this style of Flamenco adapts to the local talent, instruments, and mood.
"Tablaos flamencos" developed in the sixties, replacing more cabaret style "café cantante". Many tablaos have their own companies of musicians and artists. Feel the passion of the flamenco at Barcelona's legendary Torres Cordobes, where some of the greatest names in flamenco have performed. While being entertained by the fabulous live flamenco show, enjoy a traditional Spanish meal of paella, pastries and fruit with sangria, wine and beer.
Communication between the artists and audience is also an important part of the performance. Experience the dynamic flamenco show and delicious heat of Andalusian cuisine in classic Spanish surroundings. A tasty sampling of typical Andalusian dishes includes toasted bread with tomato, Serrano ham, cheeses, sausages, seafood with desserts, wine or Sangria. One of the highlights is the emotive midnight prayer, "Salve Rociera".