Alejandro Navarro Ponce, a singer and guitarist from Seville, Spain, has been performing flamenco since he was a teenager. He performed in flamenco dance theaters across Spain, accompanied dancer Sandra Bara and was featured in a National Geographic film about her.
He has performed at festivals all over the world and is a frequent guest at Cava, a flamenco theater in Miami. In Atlanta, he will be performing with Bara, a noted flamenco dancer from Cuba, and flamenco guitarist Kristopher Hill at Red Light Cafe on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.. They are also working with the nonprofit A Traves, which promotes flamenco and Spanish culture events in Georgia. The three artists are currently teaching students at the DeKalb School for the Arts.
INtown asked Navarro Ponce about his involvement in flamenco.
What drew you to flamenco as a young person?
I grew to like flamenco because of my father. He liked the art form very much, and he sang flamenco, although not professionally.
Who were your teachers?
I took classes with the best masters of flamenco in the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville. They include Eduardo Rebollar, Antonio Carrion, Calixto Sanchez, Paco Cortés, and many others.
Who inspired you as a singer?
There were many artists who inspired me. But, more than any single artist, the place where I was born inspired me. It is Mairena del Alcor, Seville.
What is the most exciting thing for you about performing?
The respect and love of the audience excites me, as well as the good communication with my colleagues, to all be knowledgeable together.
Why is flamenco important and growing in popularity?
Thanks to the heritage that the great masters of the past have passed to us and their brilliant contributions, we have a super elaborate art form that is worthy of teaching something to the whole world.
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