Manuel Agujetas
accompanied by Manuel ValenciaSunday, May 20, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)legendary Spanish Gypsy flamenco singer in a fundraiser for Bay Area Flamenco Festival $32.50 advance / $36.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
May 20 8:00 pm

Manuel Agujetas accompanied by Manuel ValenciaSpanish Gypsy flamenco legend Manuel Agujetas is an outstanding, controversial singer, anarchic and unpredictable, with a vocal style that a Village Voice writer memorably described as "a well-modulated primal scream—an exquisitely controlled shriek of anguish and despair . . . it does have a sheer animal quality to it".

Born Manuel de los Santos Pastor in Jerez de la Frontera in 1939, Agujetas is one of the most important figures in the history of flamenco. Heir to the Spanish Gypsy tradition of singing blacksmiths, Agujetas worked in his father's forge until 1970, when he made his first recording. He has achieved international recognition for his singing of the stunningly intense form of flamenco, cante jondo (deep song), which includes flamenco's purest, ancient styles such as martinetes and siguiriyas. He appears in Carlos Saura's film Flamenco and in Dominique Abel's documentary Agujetas, Cantaor.

In this fundraiser for the Bay Area Flamenco Festival, is joined by The superb young Gypsy guitarist Manuel Valencia of Jerez de la Frontera accompanies Agujetas' cante. A student of both maestro Manuel Morao and Gerardo Núñez, Valencia is the nephew of the legendary late flamenco cantaor, Terremoto. Tonight's show also features flamenco dancer Ikeda Kanako

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