Flamenco, dramatic style of music and dance from Spain, has a moment in Philly

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 Adam Del Monte (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Adam Del Monte (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

The second biannual Philadelphia Flamenco Festival kicks off this Saturday, highlighting the unique style of Spanish dance and music in a series of performances, workshops, and film screenings.
“Flamenco is basically an art of extreme spontaneity,” said Adam Del Monte, a prominent flamenco guitarist. “It’s very structureless in that, whatever comes to mind, [the musicians] play in the moment.”
 
Born in Israel, Del Monte spent his early years learning flamenco guitar from gypsy musicians in the caves of southern Spain. He recently brought that passionate style of music to the City of Brotherly Love, performing with Opera Philadelphia’s Ainadamar.
 
With flamenco having a moment in Philly, we thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at the romantic sights and sounds of flamenco.
 
Click the audio player above to hear Adam Del Monte’s interview with WHYY’s Jennifer Lynn as well as two songs by the flamenco guitarist.

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