Hamid Ajbar CusCus Flamenco with Alberto Funes and Irene la Serranilla
In the same way that the blend of couscous spices surround us with its exotic fragrance and exquisite flavour, CusCus-Flamenco´s music fills us with enchantment and mystery, sentiment and spirit. The profundity of the flamenco singing and Arab-Andalusian lyrical poetry in their purest form, accompanied by the beauty and passion of flamenco dance makes for an unforgettable and unique experience. CusCus Flamenco is a cultural encounter where art flows in its maximum capacity, bringing out the best of each tradition through a musical language that has neither barriers nor frontiers.
CusCus Flamenco is led by singer/violinist Hamid Ajbar, originally from Morocco, but based in Spain for over twenty years. He grew up in a musical environment in his hometown of Chefchaouen, which boasts a direct legacy of Andalusian music, transmitted through generations ever since the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain. He studied both Andalusian and Arab singing for over ten years and has won several prizes on a national level in Morocco for his singing. He has collaborated with some of the greatest flamenco artists including the late Paco de Lucia, Carmen Linares, Jose Merce, and El Lebrijano. He has taken part in several festivals in Mexico, Switzerland, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and Spain, and is currently planning a UK tour for next year.
Alberto Funes is a flamenco singer from Granada who was one of the first to graduate in the Cristobal de Morales Conservatory of Seville under the modality of flamenco song. He continued his studies with El Pele, Paco Taranto, Marina Heredia and Calixto Sanchez, amongst others, and has taken part in many festivals and events worldwide, including the Flamencura Festival in Moscow, the Biennale in the Netherlands with "A Palo Seco" by Sara Cano, the Biennale in Rome, the International de la Musique Andalouse Almonastir (Tunisia) and others.
Irene La Serranilla was born in Madrid. From a young age, she studied flamenco dance and continued her studies in Granada and Seville, where she learned from some of the best masters, including Juan Amaya, La Farruca, Patricia Guerrero, La Moneta, and Manuel Liñan. She has been dancing in the best tablaos in Madrid and Granada for over eight years. Her style of dancing is both traditional and expressive, and she teaches flamenco dance in her own school in the traditional Albaycin quarter of Granada, placing the main focus of her classes on the comprehension of the language of flamenco as an art form, and also the pleasure of dancing.
CusCus Flamenco includes musicians from both cultures, including flamenco guitar (Lolo de la Encarna), violin (Fathi Ben Yakoub) percussion (Mouhssine Koraichi) qanun (Aziz Samsaoui) and flamenco dance. Dancers that have collaborated/are collaborating with CusCus Flamenco include Irene La Serranilla, Cristina Aguilera, Irene Rueda, Kika Quesada, and Eva Manzano.
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