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Juan Martín and Amparo Heredia ‘La Repompilla’ started their collaboration with a concert in the Spanish city of Ronda six years ago and followed up to great acclaim with a recital in flamenco’s epicentre, Morón de la Frontera, Seville, in the Teatro Oriente. They have since toured in the UK, Belgium and Canada in Juan Martín’s dance company.
Last year Amparo Heredia won two first prizes in the prestigous Festival de la Minas de la Union and now this pure gypsy singer from Málaga is, with Juan Martín’s guitar, making the world sit up and take note of her explosive yet soulful expression.
About Juan Martín
Juan Martín will open the evening with his soulful Tarantas ‘Bordon Minero’, the song of the miners from Cartagena and Almeria whose chords and discordant sounds are amongst the most evocative in the whole of the flamenco guitar repertoire. He will also perform ‘La Chispa’ (The Spark), an Alegrias from the sparkling seaport of Cádiz which reflects the wit and grace of its people, the Gaditanos.
About Amparo Heredia
Amparo Heredia will sing her prize-winning Seguiriyas full of intense tragedy and the Tangos Morunos (Moorish influenced Tangos Flamencos) as well as her tour de force Granainas with its superb lyrical inflexions. Her Bulerias reflect her rhythmic gypsy genius inherited from her aunt ‘La Repompa de Málaga’ who even though she died in her twenties, became an enduring legend in the annals of flamenco as a singer and dancer; let’s hope the ‘duendes’ (divine inspirations) visit Amparo and that she dances a little ‘Por Fiesta’!
About the Women of the World Concert series
Equator Festival launched the Women of the World concert series in 2007, with the simple aim of promoting female performers from all music genres, from all over the world. Each year Equator showcases the best in female performers, musicians and songwriters. Over the last nine years the WOW series has presented music from Africa, Eastern-Europe, Middle East, India, Australia and the UK. The performances have included everything from choirs to solo performers, works you have heard before and new commissions. Previous performers include: Beyounes Quarter, Commander-in-Chief, Hannah Marcinowicz, Ignite Ensemble, London Bulgarian Choir, London Klezmer Quartet, London Tango Trio, Monica Vasconcelos, Oclay Bayir, Shallu Jindal and Shiva Nova