Born in 1947 in Mairena del Alcor, a town of outstanding cantaor tradition, the child Calixto makes his first appearance in the cante in the bar that his father ran, although throughout his childhood, it is the cantaores of the same town who They feed his eagerness, until he is 18 when he starts singing in public. This first experience leads him to win a prize for songs from the East, in the annual competition of his people.
From that moment on he was encouraged to participate in various competitions in the Andalusian region, obtaining various awards in all of them. In 1972 he went on to win the first prize, given by Andrés Segovia, in the contest held in Granada, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Granada Festival. In that same year he is elected “Sevillian of the year” by the Cadena Ser.
His first album “Estilos Flamencos” he recorded in 1974, accompanied on guitar by Melchor de Marchena and began the decade of the 80s being chosen to... +
...compete with figures such as Fosforito, Curro Malena and José de la Tomasa, the first Giraldillo del Cante , prestigious prize awarded within the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. Accompanied on the guitar by Pedro Bacán and Juan Habichuela, he is the winner, and later an album appears on the market with his performance in the contest, whose portfolio includes performances by Antonio Mairena and José Luis Ortiz Nuevo.
José de la Tomasa
The album “De los Alcores a Granada” is recorded with the accompaniment of Pedro Bacán in 1984. In this recording he gives sound form to his own adaptations of texts by Rafael Alberti. Three years later he recorded again “Calle Ancha”, which is an album of great importance in the collections of the fans, as it includes songs by Calixto himself and other geniuses of Andalusian culture such as the Machado. In 1988 he was awarded the Peña el Taranto de Almería, the Lucas López prize.
His didactic activity within flamenco has been an important part of his professional career. He has been co-director of the Flamenco Studies seminar since 1985 and teaches courses on cante at the School of Education of Seville. He has directed workshops in the Aneja School of practices and is coauthor of “Approach to a didactic of flamenco”, published by the Junta de Andalucía. He has participated in the II Conference on research in Flamenco and is president of the Tertulia Flamenca de Enseñantes.
His last recordings have been “De la lírica al cante” (1996), “Camino de la vida”, recorded in 1997, and “Retrato Flamenco” in 2001, dedicated to Antonio Machado.
Calixto Sánchez is a must in most of the most important Flemish festivals of the clubs with more tradition at the national level. Traditionalist and at the same time creative, his portentous voice and wide faculties allow him to master all styles of cante no matter how complicated they are and make this cantaor a character already historical in the world of flamenco singing.
He has been, for the last five years, Director of the Andalusian Flamenco Center based in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).
His latest show “From the oral tradition to flamenco” tries to explain the arrival to professional flamenco starting from the different forms of expression that the people have had, such as the proclamations, the cantes camperos or the cordel sheets, sung by the blind .
National Award of the Chair of Flamencology of Jerez ‘2012.
José is considered in the flamenco environment and critics as one of the greatest cantaores of the moment, being an essential figure in the flamenco festivals of Andalusia and in quality shows.
José Georgio Soto was born in Seville. Belonging to one of the great families of the Cante, of Jerezan lineage, grandson of Pepe Torre, nephew of Manuel Torre, son of Tomasa Soto and Manuel Giorgio ‘Pies de Plomo’, he did not have to leave his house to feel always transited by the jondo, full-bodied singer, who does not mystify, who does not deceive, who always takes into account before anything else, before his own personal success, the ethics of cante José de la Tomasa makes clear in all his work An unmistakable desire for perfection, from a very young age, it was already considered as one of those values that will always give the most, and such expectations have never been disappointed.Cantaba as a family, encouraged by the... +
...members of the Andalusian rock group Triana, (José is a great fan of many musical styles) that they wanted to show in their galas where they came from, José embarked with them on a tour, acting as support for the successful formation.
The purely flamenco public met José de la Tomasa when he won First Prize in Mairena del Alcor and in 1976 the Manuel Torre Prize in the National Contest of Córdoba. From that moment, José became part of the usual circuits of Andalusia, clubs and festivals , with great acceptance.
Cantaor who writes the songs he sings, despite the difficulties inherent in a barely existing school education, has published “Alma de barco”, a beautiful little book in which he collects a good part of that production. The poetry of his songs is often simple, but of an admirable lyricism and sensitivity, and that fits perfectly into the cantes for which they were created, as is usual with the lyrics due to cantaores. Numerous critics and flamencologists They have glossed their artistic personality, eliciting comments such as the following:
Miguel Acal: “we will have to pay a lot of attention to this young singer who can be a basic piece in the flamenco gear of the coming years”.
Emilio Jiménez Díaz: “… The one from La Tomasa interprets the same feelings as his grandfather, and those of his grandfather’s brother -the brilliant Manuel- and, in his reflections, those of an Andalusian cantaora” … “It is undoubted that, through the cry of Joseph, comes to us, still, the true cry of our land.
JM Pérez Orozco: “… José de La Tomasa is an exceptional cantaor, the quality of his records is combined with their diversity, which allows him to easily approach the songs that need more bellows or greater virtuosity, such as his exemplary style by granaínas.If we add to that the rhythm of mother cantes, such as the siguiriya or the soleá, we will have finished shaping a first figure of cante, in the purest line of the flamenco flamenco singers “.
Josefa Bastos Otero, that’s his first name; was born in Las Cabezas de San Juan, (Seville).
With just 7 years old, he danced for the first time in a theater, in the neighboring town of Los Palacios organized by Paco Cabrera. His childhood takes place in Dos Hermanas, where his father would fix his residence, beginning to make contact with the academy of Juanito Díaz, but soon his artistic intuition led him to assimilate and interpret what he learned and enrolled in the theater companies that predominated at that time. old masters like Juan Valderrama, Rerre de Los Palacios, Pepe Marchena, Pepe Pinto, Fregenal, and Antonio “El Sevillano”, sharing the stage with them.
Their qualities of bailaora soon are noticed by artists of the greatness like Juan Talega or Antonio Mairena, that ponder their values and call it to the parties where the dance should have a place of preference next to the cante and the touch.
Her artistic training is consolidated as a child, to perfect the technique that... +
The teaching is consummated and PEPA MONTES combines experience and technique; intuition and learning …
In short, PEPA MONTES is a bailaora of recognized national and international prestige.
– 1964/71 First summer festivals accompanied by cante for El “Rerre” by Los Palacios. He travels for several years throughout the Spanish geography in the Company of Juan Valderrama, where he shares the poster with singers of the highest prestige of those times: Pepe Pinto, Marchena etc … coming to dance with the cante of the latter.
– 1972-73; In this stage he travels the most important flamenco “tablaos” of Seville and Madrid, debuting in “Los Gallos”, later he joins “El Embrujo”, “El corral de la Pacheca”, ending in “Los Canasteros” by Manolo Caracol .
– 1974-75; 1st National Flamenco Dance Award “Juanala Macarrona”. Cordova
European tour as the first bailaora with the “Fiesta Gitana” company of Curro Vélez.
– 1976-77; Receive a tribute at the flamenco tablao “Los Gallos”.
Recital at the school of Fine Arts. Pavilion of Chile. (Seville).
X Meeting of Cante Jondo. The Puebla de Cazalla.
He marries guitarist Ricardo Miño.
– 1978-79; Create, along with Ricardo Miño, the company “Flamenco de Concierto” touring the Spanish geography. VIII Flamenco Festival of Ceuta. Municipal Theater San Amaro. VII National Congress of Flamenco Activities. Sevilla.IX Cante Grande Festival. Theater “Parque Mola”. Zamora.
His son is born, the pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño.
– 1980-81; Acts with his group for six months in “El Flamenco” Tokyo (Japan).
Inaugurates the auditorium “San Francisco” with Mr. Antonio Mairena. Cáceres. Receive the Gold Badge from the “El Pozo de las Penas” club. Los Palacios. Seville.
XIV Festival of Flamenco Art, “Homage to the house of the Peña”. Pegalajar. (Jaén).
XI Festival of cante Grande. Zamora.
VI Flamenco Festival. Salesian School. Palma del Rio. Córdoba.
Receive the Gold Badge of the “El Taranto” club. Almeria
1982-83-84; 1st National Flamenco Dance Award “La Malena”. Córdoba.
Prize of the “Chair of Flamencología y EstudiosFolclóricos” Jeréz.
Theater “Circulo de Bellas Artes”. (Homage to D. AntonioMairena). Madrid. Visit the main flamenco festivals of the Andalusian geography. Record the program “The Good Music” for TVE.
– 1985 -86; European tour with “Flamenco de Concierto”.
IV Biennial of Flamenco Art city of Seville. Flamenco Festival in the Spanish town. Barcelona.
Cultural week dedicated to Pepa Montes. The Seville Palaces.
– 1987-88; “Cabal del Baile” Award. Awarded by RNE. Popular vote.
Gold Badge and Cultural Week dedicated to Pepa Montes. (Palma del Río) Cordova. III White Gold Festival. (The Heads of St. John). Seville.
V Biennial of Flamenco Art city of Seville. He premiered the show “Flamenco de Concierto” and directed another one called “Por donde el el Sol”.
“Lope de Vega” theater within the “4 seasons” cycle. Seville.
II Citation of Flamenco Art. Days 12 and 13 of February. Oviedo.
Tour in Switzerland and Italy with Ricardo Miño. Tour with the sponsorship of Monte. “Know flamenco”.
1989-90-91; Theater “Andalucía” (to benefit the 3rd age of the Flamencos). Tour subsidized by the Junta de Andalucía.
Gala Flamenca Great Theater of Córdoba. Tour in Switzerland (“Theader Kleinbuhnc”, Zurich, Kleintheader). Ateneo de Madrid.
Tour Italy (Festival, Cecilia and Sardinia). Casino Theater. Paris. France.
1992-93-94; “Tribute to Camarón” Jaén. Palace of Congresses. Pomegranate.
“Seville in Autumn”. Royal Alcazar of Seville. Tour with the sponsorship of the Junta de Andalucía. Expo 92. Anda Lucia Pavilion. Cultural Month of the Pepa Montes Dance. Torres Macarena. Seville. “Great theater”. Cordova.
Theater “Pedro de Ayala”. Badajoz
VIII Flamenco Biennial city of Seville.
– 1995-96-97; Tour in Switzerland (Zurich, Bern, Thun, etc …). IX Biennial of ArteFlamenco city of Seville. Presents the Show “25 years caminando juntos “, with the presence of S.M the Queen Dña.Sofia de España.Presenta the show” AD-LIBITUM “in Nights of Flamenco. Lope de Vega Theater. Sevilla.TV: Puerta del Cante, El Rincon del Duende, etc … José Merced Cultural Week. Palma del Rio. Cordoba.Festival de la Mistela. The palaces. Seville.- 1998-99; X Biennial of Flamenco Art city of Seville. PresentaElespectáculo “Six Movements of Flamenco Dance” .Gala Homage. Central Theater Sevilla.Gira in E.E.U.U.School of Engineers of Linares.- 2000; Tribute to the painter Francisco Moreno Galván. The Puebla de Cazalla. Seville. Recital conference with D. Antonio Reina, “El dolor en el Flamenco”. Ateneo de Sevilla.XI Biennial of Flamenco Art. Premieres the show “Infinitud de Formas” at the Teatro Central. Concert-festival. San Francisco Auditorium Cáceres Concert at the University of Seville. Tour in the United States and master-class in Los Angeles. California.2001; Concert in the JoaquinTurina room. Sevilla.Presentation of the concert “Infinitud de formas”. Auditorium Francois Mitterrand. MontMarsan (France) .Trianera of the year. Triana Sevilla.Homenaje a “El Moreno”. Lope de Vega Theater. Seville Municipal Conservatory of Luxembourg.Festival “Voces del Cante” Grenoble (France) .- 2002- 03- 04; Concert at the Faculty of Philology. Sevilla.Festival flamenco. Puebla de Cazalla.Flamenco experimental cycle. Tour SpainFlamenco Program Tv Canal Sur.Presentation of Infinity of Forms in the Royal Gardens. MadridPresentation of the show “Cal y Sal” within the XII Biennial of flamenco art. Sevilla.Teatro Villamarta. JerezFestival Flamenco “Juan Talega”. Two sisters. Sevilla.Master Class. Flamenco Festival Mont Marsan.Francia.Program TVE2 “Arte y Fuente” Presents “Bailaora” within the XIII Flamenco Biennial. Teatro Lope de Vega. Cultural week, Peña Flamenca Juan Talega dedicated to Pepa Montes.Insignia deOro.XXX Festival Flamenco de Cáceres. “Woman in Flamenco” by Cristina Cruces and Pepa Montes. Conference and concert University of Seville2005 / 06/07 – Prize: “Giraldillo” within the XIII Bienal of flamenco.SevillaGira USA. San Francisco – Los Angeles. CA.Concert. Peña Flamenca “EL TARANTO” Almeria.I Festival of cante jondo. Triana.Fiestas de San Mateo. OviedoFlamenco Festival Puebla de Cazalla. SevillaFestival de la Mistela & Master Class. The palaces. SevillaMaster Class. MontMarsan France International Medical Congress “Thursday Flamencos” El Montes Cultural Center. SevillaSemana Cultural dedicated to Jose Meneses. Paradas.Jardines del Alcázar. Cordoba.Flamenco Festival “Joaquin el de la Paula”. Alcalá de Guadaira. Plaza de Toros de Cantillana. Sevilla.Presentacion-concert of the book: “Bailaora” vida y obra.Fives.Peña flamenca Juan Talega. Dos hermanas .Sevilla.Gira of 15 concerts in Andalucia, Fundación EL MONTE.Flamenco comes from the South “Bailaora”. Central Theater Sevilla.Flamenco Festival Juan Talega. Two sisters. SevillaGala CANAL SUR. Los del Rio and amigos.Courses Universidad Pablo Olavide.Festival LA HIERBABUENA, Las Cabezas de San Juan. Sevilla2008 / 18 Festival of Cante Jondo de Moguer. HuelvaFestival de Casabermeja. MálagaMasters sponsored by the General Society of authors from Spain. (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville) “BAILAORA” Flamenco Viene del Sur. Alambra Theater Granada.Gira Luxembourg. KulturFabrik. Circulo Machado .LuxembourgPresentan “Flamenco Universal” within the XIV Flamenco Biennial, obtaining the “Giraldillo” award for the “maestria” .Actuality “Universal Flamenco” Teatro Alhambra Granada, Cánovas Málaga Theater. “The Flamenco speak of themselves” Conference International University of Andalusia. Sevilla.University Pablo de Olavide. Summer Courses 2010. “The Sevillian School of Flamenco Dance” .Excmo. Ateneo de Sevilla. Conference-recital with Juan Valdéz.Festival Casa Bermeja, MálagaFiestas San Mateo. OVIEDOFestival Gypsy Potaje. UtreraFestival de la Yerbabuena. Las Cabezas de San Juan. * He continues his activity with his new company “Bailaora”, creating new projects full of creativity and nuances.