El Duende Talk & Performance Series
September 24–October 1 | St. Paul’s Chapel
Originating within the realm of flamenco in southern Spain, the tradition of Duende — a spiritual and physical response to art — tells the story of art’s transformational power across continents and cultures.
This fall, New Yorkers are invited to experience the inspiring force of Duende in a series of flamenco and flamenco-inspired workshops and panel discussions at St. Paul’s Chapel exploring Duende through poetry, music, and dance.
Directed by Andalusian poet, musician, and scholar Dr. Ernesto Estrella, sponsored by Trinity Church Wall Street’s Congregational Arts Committee, and inspired by the genius of Federico García Lorca — the first poet to write extensively about Duende — this is free and open to all.
Space is limited, register today.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all events.
Transformation through Poetry, Music, and Dance
Saturday, September 24 | St. Paul’s Chapel
10am–12:30pm | Live Music and Dance Panel
3:30–5pm | Gurumbé Documentary Screening
Hear from leading performers and educators in a panel discussion on the roots and current practice of Spain’s globally influential art form: flamenco dance. And experience a performance of a Federico García Lorca/Camarón de la Isla piece arranged by Dr. Ernesto Estrella and guests.
Flamenco Guitar Master Class
Saturday, September 24 | 1–3pm | St. Paul’s Chapel
Join a master class for an introduction to flamenco guitar and an open dialogue with the instructor about process and composition. An intermediate guitar skill level is recommended, no flamenco guitar experience is necessary. Space is limited.
El Duende Beyond Flamenco: Soul, Blues, and Jazz
Saturday, October 1 | 9:45am–1pm | St. Paul’s Chapel
Gurumbé Documentary Screening and Flamenco/Jazz Fusion and Gospel Performance and Panel
Look at the future of Duende beyond flamenco with the inaugural public presentation of a new flamenco/jazz fusion work followed by a panel discussion on flamenco’s origin and future with the performers and guests. The presentation opens with a screening of Gurumbé, a documentary film exploring the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to the art of flamenco.
Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to the art form. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be enslaved. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the Black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, their story is finally told. Directed by M. Angel Rosales, Spain/Mexico/Portugal/Senegal, 2016, Documentary/History, Music, 72 min., Spanish with English subtitles.