April 11 Faculty Convivium to highlight Flamenco

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in M-201, Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Adam Kent, Assistant Professor of Music, will present a talk titled, Flamenco: Co-Existence in Music.” 

Abstract: Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region, was the cradle of Roman senators, the birthplace of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, site of the most extensive Islamic Caliphate outside the Middle East, and a gateway to Africa for the European continent. Since the Middle Ages, Andalusia has been characterized by the co-existence of diverse peoples, all of whom left their imprint on the area’s popular music.

In the nineteenth century, the gypsy population of Andalusia developed a unique musical style known as Flamenco. Spain’s great classical composers—Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and others—found their own personal paths to transmitting the sounds and sensations of this deeply expressive, participatory art form to musicians and music lovers the world over.

In Flamenco: Co-Existence in Music, SUNY Oneonta Music Department member Adam Kent situates this musical phenomenon in an historical context, explores the cross-pollination between popular and classical idioms, and provides live performances of Flamenco-inspired solo piano works.