Aires de Navidad con Rocio Bazan
A beautifully lyrical guitar solo opened this wonderful evening of Christmas Flamenco at the Cultural Centre of Nerja on the Costa Del Sol in Southern Spain.
There was a charged atmosphere with a Christmas themed backdrop in a crowded theatre, with excellent and pleasant staff making seating quick and easy. Aires de Navidad is a show of traditional Spanish Carols in a pure Andalucian expression. It included typical and popular music styles including tangoes and bulerias interpreted through dance and song. This is a world away from the flamenco shows in the tourist hotels. This was of the people and for the people, not sanitised for foreign consumption
The six artist troupe was made up of two female singers and one female dancer and three men. One a percussion player, another a guitarist and a finally a male dancer. Each of them at the top of their game and collectively presented an explosive and captivating mix, that gave us a thrilling performance. A single dancer stood in front of the musicians and singers, with her arms like snakes mesmerising the audience. After her solo dance she was joined by the male dancer and the air crackled with sexuality in their pas de deux,. Their footwork was amazing, full of passion and torment, and we were swept up in their moment, dazzled by their movements and the singing and percussive music.
Another hauntingly beautiful guitar solo interspersed the quartet of singers and jazz elements were sprinkle through the music, giving a contemporary twist to the flamenco rhythms. The sound was full of joy and spontaneity.
Then the female dancer came on with fans, The fans like butterflies flittered and flew with astonishing speed and dexterity. The male dancer was beauty with strength. His amazing rhythms and his talking feet drummed their own songs with passion and precision.
What has stuck in my mind was the amazing voice and power of the female lead singer. Her haunting voice never tired and the purity of her flamenco singing, full of clarity and passion, just blew my breath away. The evening passed all to quickly and we walked back to our hotel in the cool Spanish night with the music echoing in our heads. It was a Christmas evening never to forget