Join us for a total immersion in the music, culture and spirit of flamenco in Andalusia, Spain, where flamenco music and dance were born. From newcomers to aficionados, this insider’s small group flamenco tour is for anyone who wants to experience flamenco music and dance in its authentic context and enjoy the culture, food, and unique landscape of Southern Spain.
Hosted by Cultural Music Specialist Judy Cantor-Navas and other expert guests and musicians, and joined by members of the Musical Getaways team, we´ll explore streets that sound of the rich cross-cultural history of the music and the mix of Roma, Arab and Jewish cultures that have shaped Southern Spain, and we´ll experience the vitality of today’s flamenco music scene with concerts in venues that range from majestic concert halls and outdoor stages to corner sherry bars, to the living room of a flamenco dancer’s home. At hands-on workshops, musicians and dancers will decode the often mysterious and always mesmerizing art form.
We´ll have a prime seat at the singular Sevilla Flamenco Biennial, when flamenco takes over the city, in a post-pandemic comeback edition that promises to be especially spectacular. We´ll attend nightly concerts by flamenco legends and cutting-edge emerging artists in site-specific venues and street performances.
And of course, we´ll explore Seville like a local, peeking at tiled patios on walks around the city, and viewing historic monuments as we paddle on Sevilla’s storied Guadalquivir River. We´ll have our fill of tapas at the bars and restaurants-both classics and up to the minute modern-that are an inseparable part of Andalusian culture.
Choose our option to extend your trip for three more nights and come with us to Vejer de la Frontera, a hilltop white-washed walled town that is known as one of the most beautiful places in Spain, created by the cross current of cultures that have settled there dating to the Paleolithic era. From Vejer, we´ll visit Jerez, known as the cradle of flamenco music and the birthplace of sherry, and San Fernando, the hometown of Camarón de la Isla, celebrated as the greatest flamenco singer of all time.
Judy Cantor-Navas is a Grammy-nominated writer, producer and traveler devoted to introducing new audiences to the diverse music of Spain and Latin America, and the stories of its artists and origins. She has written and spoken about classic and contemporary flamenco for media including Billboard, NPR, Radio Gladys Palmera, The Miami Herald and No Depression magazine.
Judy was Cultural Music Consultant for the 2021 Oscar-nominated Disney Animation Movie “Encanto,” and has been a music curator and writer for MTV, Google, Napster and major and independent record labels. She was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the Album Notes category for the box set The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions, and was the recipient of a 2019 Latin Grammy Foundation research grant. Awards for her writing include a National Music Journalism Awards First Prize for Feature Writing, a Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade prize for criticism and an Inter American Press Association Fellowship to Buenos Aires.
Judy is the translator of the new book Cha-Cha-Chá: A Dance and an Era, published by Madrid’s Gladys Palmera Collection. Her projects set for release in 2022 include a box set that tells the story of the pioneering Cuban record label Panart, and a podcast about Latinx punk, for which she served as story producer and lead writer. Judy’s many adventures include a stint writing for The Associated Press from Sevilla, where she covered Diego Maradona’s comeback as a player for Sevilla FC. Originally from New York City, she now lives in Barcelona with her husband and son.
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