Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Come one, come all on this great musical voyage of the gypsies

Flamenco "is the art of desperate measures, the winning of a fugitive grace from failure, bankruptcy, shame. Its the spirit of sly abasement, of anti-nomian reversals and tear soaked triumps that makes it so inherently religious."

The virtues prized in the flamenco are considered defects. "there is 'an aesthetic of ruin which praises aged artists,' a 'cult of amusicality,' 'a counter aesthetic of paroxysm and suffering,' of hoarse, broken, croaking nasal voices, tarred by the gypsy.' 'to be really great, you have to be really horrible. you don't say a singer has a beautiful voice, but 'una voz que hiere,' a voice that wounds.' 

"once she'd burned her throat raw and lost her breath, 'brankrupt[ed] her native gifts and dismissed[ed] her surest techniques," could she find her voice."

"cante jondo (deep song), a music characterized by silences and breaks within a word or couplet, starling shifts of rhythm, trance like repetitions of nonsense sounds, whines, howls, groans, wails, and weird thrills and vibrati, along with background encouragement of the lead singer from other musicians."
"...making a bow, she tripped on her stiletto heel, toppled over the edge of the stage, and in hideous slow motion, fell into the audience." It's almost like she "willed herself to fall. Because it required just such a sacrifice such a comic catastrophe, when everyone present had to swallow the terrified compulsion to laugh..."

Weddings are the most sacred of gypsy rites.

"they were as elusive, as liable to vanish, as if they still moved in caravans." "gypsy time" was like one of those fairy tales where a thousand years in "our" world is a moment in fairyland".

You have just experienced the "mystical fellowship of gypsies




Little money street : in search of Gypsies and their music in the south of France / Fernanda Eberstadt.

1 comment:

  1. interesting history and background also authentic pictures.