“The best Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians are coming to the New York City Center,” writes the New York Times in a notice about the magnificent flamenco festival that will be taking place in early March. One of the stars will be the youthful Rocío Márquez, who will get to shine during the Spanish series at this year’s Prague Spring. The captivating sounds of Spain will also be coming to life in late February at London’s famed Sadler’s Wells Theatre, where each year the flamenco festival “presents the greatest talents of the flamenco genre”. The name Rocío Márquez will not be absent among the very select company at this prestigious event. It is no wonder that she is regarded as a leading figure of contemporary flamenco who never ceases to surprise audiences with how a genre with so much historical baggage can be brilliantly spiced up with a contemporary flavor. “She frees flamenco from bondage,” writes the most widely read Spanish newspaper El Mundo, adding: “with respect for her teachers, in accordance with the best traditions, the sweet, tender artistry of this attractive and exemplary lady shows that there is no return. With Rocío Márquez, a new epoch is beginning.”
In 2014, Madrid’s illustrious Teatro Real invited the singer Rocío Márquez to perform in a concert to accompany the world premiere of the opera The Public, which the composer Mauricio Sotelo wrote based on Federico García Lorca’s play with the same title. The unique combination of the colors of the saxophone (Juan Jiménez), piano (Dani B. Marente), and percussion (Antonio Moreno) became a challenge for the singer to experiment with the traditional forms of flamenco and to discover new means of expression.
In a project now under preparation, Rocío Márquez has decided to add yet another challenge: approaching exclusively female authors to write song texts – Isabel Escudero, Christina Rosernvinge, and María Salgado.
And then there is her music. With each project, Márquez tries to go down a unique path that is more and more open to new sources of inspiration. Her concerts combine traditional flamenco melodies, folk music, and her own compositions. The proof of how effective such a combination of the traditional and the contemporary has been is her album El Niño, released to great acclaim in 2014 by the Universal Music label.
Her debut performance at Prague Spring will then become the occasion of the world premiere of her new project, which she will be introducing on a European tour in the second half of the year.
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